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2013 Martinsville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 07, 2013 - 07:01 AM
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2013 Martinsville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series has been coming to Martinsville Speedway since 1949. In all, 128 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. And in 2012, Johnson broke through for victory again in the fall event.

In all, Team Chevy drivers have won 15 of the last 20 races held at Martinsville with 10 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 drivers 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 four different Chevrolet winners in the last four races - Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, and the aforementioned Jimmie Johnson.

Has a new trend begun ? Or has Johnson's Martinsville dominance kicked back in ?

So today is going to be another tough pick, but we are going to choose... Jimmie Johnson. Johnson starts from Pole - the exact position he started from in his latest victory at the track.

Should Johnson fail, Chevrolet or Denny Hamlin are the other safe bets to finish with another victory.

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

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Martinsville Speedway
64th Annual STP Gas Booster 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, April 05, 2013 @ 05:06 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 19.244 98.400
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 19.251 98.364
2 3 55 Brian Vickers(i) Jet Edge Toyota 19.266 98.287
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.269 98.272
3 5 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 19.286 98.185
6 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 19.286 98.185
4 7 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 19.307 98.078
8 20 Matt Kenseth The Home Depot/Husky Toyota 19.319 98.017
5 9 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 19.330 97.962
10 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 19.330 97.962
6 11 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 19.333 97.947
12 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 19.334 97.941
7 13 1 Jamie McMurray Novo Nordisk Chevrolet 19.352 97.850
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 19.366 97.780
8 15 15 Clint Bowyer RK Motors Toyota 19.378 97.719
16 27 Paul Menard Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet 19.393 97.643
9 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 19.399 97.613
18 51 Regan Smith(i) Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 19.419 97.513
10 19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Serta Chevrolet 19.430 97.458
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Fifth Third Ford 19.433 97.442
11 21 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 19.435 97.432
22 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 19.438 97.417
12 23 34 David Ragan Ford 19.445 97.382
24 30 David Stremme Widow Wax Toyota 19.462 97.297
13 25 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 19.472 97.247
26 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.478 97.217
14 27 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 19.486 97.177
28 95 Scott Speed Surrender The Sponsor Ford 19.512 97.048
15 29 31 Jeff Burton ChildressInstituteforPediatricTrauma Chevrolet 19.523 96.993
30 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 19.532 96.949
16 31 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota 19.541 96.904
32 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 19.542 96.899
17 33 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos/Precon Marine Chevrolet 19.546 96.879
34 43 Aric Almirola Jani-King/STP Ford 19.556 96.830
18 35 11 Mark Martin FedEx Freight Toyota 19.571 96.755
36 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 19.587 96.676
19 37 36 JJ Yeley United Mining Equipment Chevrolet Owner Points
38 44 Scott Riggs No Label Watches Ford Owner Points
20 39 7 Dave Blaney Sany Chevrolet Owner Points
40 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota Owner Points
21 41 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford Owner Points
42 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford Owner Points
22 43 87 Joe Nemechek(i) MaddiesPlaceRocks.com Toyota Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 19 Mike Bliss(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Toyota 11 1






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