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2012 Martinsville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview - Hurricane Sandy Not An Issue
Posted by: ASkyler on Oct 28, 2012 - 08:09 AM
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2012 Martinsville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview - Hurricane Sandy Not An Issue


By Mike Sulka

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series has been coming to Martinsville Speedway since 1949. In all, 126 races have been run at the .526-mile short oval. The word that best describes the little-short-track-that-could is "dominance". The legendary Richard Petty won here 15 times during his stellar career. Darrell Waltrip dominated his era with 11 career wins at Martinsville.

In the modern era, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon has shown remarkable strength here with seven career wins. Then it was five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson who has took an amazing five wins in six tries between 2006 and 2009. But Johnson hasn't won at Martinsville since the March visit in 2009.

In all, Team Chevy drivers have won 14 of the last 19 races held at Martinsville with nine of those races won by Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

Other than Gordon & Johnson, only Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Denny Hamlin have multiple wins - two each for Stewart and Martin, four for Hamlin - among active racing in today's field.

Only Hamlin and Stewart have won in the last two years among that grouping.

In fact, Hamlin had been the cure to Hendrick dominance, and began his own dominant string winning three consecutive races at Martinsville and four of six races from 2008 until 2010.

But now... We are back to Chevrolet being the trend.

Unfortunately for us, we've had three different Chevrolet winners in the last three races - Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, and Ryan Newman.

Has a new trend begun ? Or will the Martinsville dominance kick back in ? And if so, who will it be ?

So today is going to be another tough pick, but we are going to choose... Jimmie Johnson. Johnson starts from Pole, and he needs a win put himself out front in the Chase.

Should Johnson fail, Chevrolet is the other safe bet to finish with another victory, but which one ? But keep an eye on Denny Hamlin.

So enjoy today's race at Martinsville, and be prepared... there is always lots of yellow!

btw... Hurricane Sandy is not expected to be a factor in today's weather. She's just far enough North not to bring a ton of rain.

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Starting Line Up by Row
Martinsville Speedway
64th Annual TUMS Fast Relief 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, October 26, 2012 @ 05:02 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon 09/22/96 03:11:54 82.223
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 19.402 97.598
2 55 Brian Vickers MyClassicGarage.com Toyota 19.415 97.533
2 3 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 19.436 97.427
4 31 Jeff Burton Odyssey Battery / EnerSys Chevrolet 19.443 97.392
3 5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 19.445 97.382
6 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 19.467 97.272
4 7 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.470 97.257
8 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hrEnergyBenefittingAvonFndnforW. Toyota 19.472 97.247
5 9 27 Paul Menard Zecol / Menards Chevrolet 19.490 97.158
10 43 Aric Almirola Gwaltney Ford 19.500 97.108
6 11 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX Chevrolet 19.528 96.968
12 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 19.529 96.963
7 13 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chasing the Cure Chevrolet 19.530 96.959
14 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot / redbeacon.com Toyota 19.541 96.904
8 15 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 19.548 96.869
16 34 David Ragan Where's Waldo? Ford 19.554 96.840
9 17 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 19.555 96.835
18 47 Bobby Labonte Pine-Sol Toyota 19.555 96.835
10 19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row / Farm American Chevrolet 19.572 96.750
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. DietMtnDew/NatlGuard/AMPEnergy Chev 19.579 96.716
11 21 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parson Racing Ford 19.581 96.706
22 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 19.586 96.681
12 23 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 19.592 96.652
24 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 19.607 96.578
13 25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 19.616 96.533
26 51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 19.645 96.391
14 27 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 19.669 96.273
28 32 Ken Schrader SouthernPrideTrucking/U.S.Chrome Ford 19.693 96.156
15 29 10 David Reutimann @TMone Drive Sales Fast Chevrolet 19.696 96.141
30 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 19.702 96.112
16 31 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 19.712 96.063
32 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 19.722 96.015
17 33 9 Marcos Ambrose Black & Decker Ford 19.728 95.985
34 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 19.730 95.976
18 35 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 19.741 95.922
36 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 19.741 95.922
19 37 36 Dave Blaney MOHAWKNortheast/TMoneCallCtr Chev 19.764 95.811
38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FMEnergyWood&PelletStoves Toyota 19.792 95.675
20 39 91 Reed Sorenson(i) Plinker Tactical Chevrolet 19.813 95.574
40 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 19.819 95.545
21 41 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 19.820 95.540
42 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet 19.890 95.204
22 43 95 Scott Speed Jordan Truck Sales Ford 19.954 94.898
Did Not Qualify: # 19 Mike Bliss(i); # 37 JJ Yeley.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 18 1 Ford 12 0






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