NSCS: Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville preview

March 30, 2012 No Comments

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Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Location: Martinsville Speedway

Distance: 500 laps/263 miles

Broadcast: TV—Fox broadcast time starts at 12:30 p.m.



Last year, it came down to a small bump, to capture the spring win at Martinsville Speedway in the Spring.

With the laps closing down, Dale Earnhardt Jr. held onto the lead that is until Kevin Harvick came knocking on Earnhardt’s rear bumper. Harvick bumped Earnhardt Jr. into the high lane, and went on to grab the victory.

Martinsville is the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit, it is known as the paper clip, because of it’s design, two long straight aways connected with two U-turns.

Because of the small track, passing becomes a premium and one of the easiest ways to get by someone is to put a front bumper to their rear bumper in a turn. The bump-and-run, as it is known, has made its way into the strategic planning on how to race at Martinsville.

Harvick used it last spring and the driver that goes to achieve victory on Sunday might do the same.

When looking at what drivers that could be able to capture a victory at Martinsville, it’s hard to look past Hendricks Motorsports. Although the track serves memory as one of the saddest for Hendricks, because of memories of a plane crash that killed several Hendricks crew members back in 2007, on their way to the track, Hendricks drivers, especially Jimmie Johnson has not let that affect him when they race at the paper clip.

Since 2007, when the Car of Tomorrow started racing at Martinsville, Johnson has won four of the ten races there.

Another driver to watch that could perform a bump-and-run to win on Sunday could be Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Denny Hamlin. Hamlin also has four wins in the last ten races, including the last driver to sweep the races, back in 2010.

On Sunday, the driver that wins Martinsville will need patience, 500 laps is a lot of laps around Martinsville, a strong car, but perhaps, most of all, they might need a strong front bumper late in the race in case they need to bump anyone out of the way in the closing laps.

By the Numbers:                                                                                                                                    

  • 48—Number of wins that Chevrolet has at Martinsville, leads all manufactures.
  • 21—furthest back a driver has started to win the spring race at Martinsville.
  • 19—Number of wins Richard Petty-owned cars have at Martinsville, most of any other car owner.
  • 18—Number of wins car owner Rick Hendrick has at Martinsville.
  • 13—Times there has been a sweep at Martinsville, Hamlin was the last in 2010.
  • 10—Number of races that have been run with the Car of Tomorrow at Martinsville.
  • 12—Degree of banking in the turns.
  • 7—Average starting position of a race winner in the spring race at Martinsville (500 lap races only).

Fantasy Lineup:

“A” Drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin

“B” Drivers: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne

“C” Drivers: Bobby Labonte, Aric Almirola, Brian Vickers

Entry List:

  1. Jamie McMurray
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. David Reutimann
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Casey Mears
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Greg Biffle
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Kyle Busch
  13. Mike Bliss
  14. Joey Logano
  15. A.J. Allmendinger
  16. Scott Riggs
  17. Jeff Gordon
  18. Josh Wise
  19. Paul Menard
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. David Stremme
  22. Jeff Burton
  23. Ken Schrader
  24. Hermie Sadler
  25. David Ragan
  26. Dave Blaney
  27. Tony Raines
  28. David Gilliland
  29. Ryan Newman
  30. Juan Pablo Montoya
  31. Aric Almirola
  32. Bobby Labonte
  33. Jimmie Johnosn
  34. J.J. Yeley
  35. Kurt Busch
  36. Scott Speed
  37. Brian Vickers
  38. Martin Truex Jr.
  39. Reed Sorenson
  40. Regan Smith
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. Joe Nemechek
  43. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  44. Travis Kvapil
  45. Michael McDowell
  46. Carl Edwards
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