NASCAR Martinsville Sunday, March 17, 2019

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES MARTINSVILLE STATS HIGHLIGHTS

2018 Martinsville Playoff race

  • Joey Logano moved Martin Truex Jr. exiting final turn on final lap to take the win & earn a trip to Miami
  • Logano & Truex finished 1-2 in Miami
  • Logano, “Just thinking about Miami, man. Some are going to like it, and haters are going to hate a little bit, but I’m a hard racer.
  • I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone. We’re here to win a championship this year.”
  • Truex, “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t winning the damn war.
  • That’s it. I’m not letting him – I’m going to win the championship.”
  • On this date:
  • 3/24/96 – Jeff Gordon won Darlington, Bobby Labonte finished 2nd & Ricky Craven finished 3rd
  • 2nd of 3 straight wins for Jeff Gordon at Darlington
  • 3/24/02 – Kurt Busch won first career Cup race after moving Jimmy Spencer
  • 3/24/13 – Kyle Busch won after running 3rd on final lap at Auto Club Speedway with pass of
  • crashing Denny Hamlin & Joey Logano followed by Tony Stewart fight with Logano
  • Most short track wins last season: 3 Kyle Busch (Only driver to win more than once)
  • Most short track top 3 finishes last season: 4 in 6 races Kyle Busch
  • Most short track top 5 finishes last season: 5 in 6 races Kyle Busch
  • Kevin Harvick only driver to finish top 10 all 6 short track races last season
  • Best short track average finish last season: 4.8 Kyle Busch
  • Most short track laps led last season: 497 Joey Logano
  • Most short track race led last season: 5 of 6 races Kyle Busch
  • Most Martinsville wins of active drivers: 9 Jimmie Johnson
  • Johnson also leads active drivers in top 5s: 19, top 10s: 24, laps led: 2862, avg. finish: 8.0 & lead lap finishes: 30
  • Most Martinsville poles of active drivers: 4 Joey Logano
  • Ryan Blaney leads active drivers with 7.8 Martinsville average start
  • Martinsville 10/17:
  • Denny Hamlin spun Chase Elliott out of the lead with 3 laps of scheduled distance to go
  • Kyle Busch passed Denny Hamlin for win on final lap followed by Chase Elliott-Denny Hamlin confrontation
  • Martinsville 3/18:
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-long 190-race winless streak winning Martinsville for first time in 25th try
  • All 3 Team Penske drivers finished top 10
  • Kyle Busch: 6 Career win streaks (Back-to-back wins) – Won last 2 races
  • Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr. only drivers to finish top 5 both Martinsville races last season
  • Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano & Martin Truex Jr. only drivers to finish top 10 both Martinsville races last season
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Straight Martinsville top 5 finishes – 4 Top 2 finishes (2 Wins & 2 2nd-place finishes)
  • Kyle Busch: Started front row both Martinsville races last season – Finished 2nd & 4th
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 0 for 78 on short tracks – 1215 Laps led
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 0 for 26 at Martinsville – 262 Laps led
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 5 Martinsville top 5 finishes – 3 Straight top 5 finishes
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 3 Straight Martinsville top 5 finishes – No top 5 finishes previous 10 races
  • Kevin Harvick: 1 Martinsville win (4/11) – Winless last 15 Martinsville races
  • Kevin Harvick: 3 Straight Martinsville top 10 finishes – Finished 5th twice
  • Jimmie Johnson: Finished 12th or better last 5 short track races (Avg. finish: 7.6) – 4 Top 10 finishes
  • Jimmie Johnson: Average last season – Short tracks: 8.8 / All others: 18.3
  • Brad Keselowski: 6 Straight Martinsville top 10 finishes – 1 Win (4/17)
  • Brad Keselowski: 4 Straight Martinsville races led – 266 Laps led
  • Joey Logano: 1 Top 5 finish last 7 Martinsville races – 2018 Martinsville Playoff race winner
  • Joey Logano: 309 Laps led 2018 Martinsville Playoff race – 309 Laps led previous 6 Martinsville races
  • Martinsville MENCS race ended under lights for first time 10/17
  • 2018 Pit road speeding penalties – March: 8 by 6 drivers / October: 4 by 4 drivers
  • 52 Different winners in 140 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville races
  • 21 NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers won Martinsville races
  • 5 Different winners last 5 Martinsville races – First Martinsville win for 3 drivers
  • 24 of the 33 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions won at Martinsville (89 Total wins)
  • 9 Champions with no Martinsville wins including Martin Truex Jr.
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 10 Martinsville races (2 Wins) – 8 Others 1 win each
  • Kyle Busch won Martinsville for first time in 22nd try (4/16) – Won 2 of last 6 Martinsville races (4/16 & 10/17)
  • Kyle Busch is only repeat winner last 6 Virginia races (3 Wins) – 3 Others 1 win each
  • Kyle Busch led 352 laps winning Martinsville 4/16
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 3 of last 6 Martinsville races – 2 Wins & 1 2nd-place finish
  • Kyle Busch led 937 laps total last 6 Martinsville races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 2 of last 4 Martinsville races – 1 Win last 4 races
  • 3 of 140 Martinsville races settled by last lap pass (9/87, 10/17 & 10/18)
  • Clint Bowyer led 215 laps winning Martinsville 3/18 including final 114
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-long 190-race winless streak at Martinsville 3/18 – First Martinsville win in 25th try
  • Last to win back-to-back spring races: Rusty Wallace 1993-’96 (Clint Bowyer won last spring)
  • Martinsville 3/18 winner Clint Bowyer pitted in stall 31
  • Martinsville 3/18: Most laps led to end of race last season – 114 Clint Bowyer
  • Joey Logano led 309 laps including 227 straight in 2018 Martinsville Playoff race – Led 309 of final 368 laps (84%)
  • Joey Logano started top 10 last 12 Martinsville races – Front row 6 races
  • 2018 Martinsville Playoff race winner Joey Logano pitted in stall 4
  • Last to win from pit stall 1: Jimmie Johnson 10/12 & 4/13
  • Driver pitted in stall 1 winless last 11 Martinsville races
  • Denny Hamlin passed for final lead change last 2 Martinsville Playoff races
  • Denny Hamlin won Stage 1 last 2 Martinsville races – Finished 12th (3/18) & 2nd (10/18)
  • 10/22/06: Denny Hamlin finished 2nd at Martinsville in Rookie season
  • Both Martinsville races swept 12 times – Last: Denny Hamlin in 2010
  • Last Rookie of the Year contender to finish top 10 at Martinsville: Juan Pablo Montoya finished 8th 10/21/07
  • Joe Gibbs Racing driver passed for final lead change 5 of last 6 Martinsville races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 12 of last 24 short track races
  • Fred Lorenzen only driver to win 4 straight Martinsville races
  • 18 Martinsville win streaks – Drivers winning consecutive races
  • Jimmie Johnson last to win back-to-back Martinsville races (10/12 & 4/13)
  • Winner of a Martinsville race went on to win championship 8 of last 13 seasons – Jimmie Johnson 6 times
  • Drivers swept both Martinsville races and won MENCS championship 4 times – Last: 2007 Jimmie Johnson
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all winning 3 Martinsville races from 1st starting position
  • Driver starting first failed to win last 11 Martinsville races – Last to win from pole: Jimmie Johnson 4/13
  • Driver starting 1st won 21 of 140 Martinsville Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races
  • 13 Won first career pole at Martinsville
  • 12 Won first career race at Martinsville – Last: Ricky Craven (10/15/01)
  • Morgan Shepherd scored first career win in 15th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (4/81)
  • Harry Gant finished 2nd in 10 races before first career win at Martinsville (4/82)
  • Harry Gant won Martinsville 9/91 at age of 51 years, 8 months, 12 days (The final of 4 straight wins)
  • Geoff Bodine won first career race & first race for Hendrick Motorsports (4/84)
  • Earl Ross was 2nd driver to win a race born outside United States – Martinsville 9/29/74
  • 2 Rookie of the Year candidates won Martinsville – Earl Ross (9/74) & Morgan Shepherd (4/81)
  • 122 Lap green flag run in 2018 Martinsville Playoff race
  • 11 Different car makes won Martinsville races
  • Chevrolet leads all with 56 Martinsville wins
  • Ford: 3 Wins last 4 Martinsville races – Winless previous 28 races
  • 7 Toyota wins at Martinsville – 5 by Denny Hamlin
  • 4/26/81: First Pontiac to win a race since 10/27/63
  • 6 Martinsville Overtime finishes – Jeff Gordon lost last 2 after leading at scheduled distance (3/10 & 4/12)
  • Leader at scheduled distance lost 3 Martinsville Overtime races
  • Longest Martinsville race: 515 laps (4/12)
  • Most tries before first Martinsville win: 30 – Dale Jarrett (4/01) & Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10/14)
  • 4 Won Martinsville in first try – Red Byron (9/49), Dick Rathmann (4/52), Earl Ross (9/74) & Morgan Shepherd (4/81)
  • Kyle Busch only driver to win Martinsville NGOTS & MENCS races in same weekend (4/16)
  • #11 Won 16 Martinsville Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races
  • 2 Drivers didn’t compete in the Martinsville race for which they won the pole
  • Donnie Allison (5/31/70) & Jimmy Hensley (9/24/89)
  • 5/19/57: Buck Baker won Martinsville, but did not lead final lap
  • Hendrick Motorsports: 24 Martinsville wins – 6 Wins last 13 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 10 Martinsville wins – 3 Wins last 8 races
  • 24 Martinsville wins by Hendrick Motorsports – First win by Hendrick Motorsports: Martinsville 4/84
  • 24 Martinsville wins by Hendrick Motorsports – Most of all tracks & most of all teams
  • 10 Martinsville MENCS wins by Joe Gibbs Racing
  • 7 Martinsville MENCS wins by Richard Childress Racing
  • 8 Martinsville MENCS wins by Team Penske – 6 by Rusty Wallace, 1 by Brad Keselowski & 1 by Joey Logano
  • 4 Martinsville MENCS wins by Roush – Last win: 10/02 (Kurt Busch)
  • 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Martinsville wins with 4 different drivers