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2013 Martinsville II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Oct 27, 2013 - 06:12 AM
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2013 Martinsville II: 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, 129 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, it is five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson who has eight wins. Amazingly, he took five wins in six tries between 2006 and 2009, plus has won the last two events (2012 & 2013). Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon has also shown remarkable strength here with seven career wins here.

In all, Team Chevy drivers have won 16 of the last 21 races held at Martinsville with 11 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 and a half years among that grouping. And with Stewart out with injury, that leaves Hamlin to take the battle to Hendrick.

On Friday, Hamlin did just that by taking Pole for today's race. The pole sitter has won seven of the last 27 races at Martinsville (since 2000). Until Johnson's recent wins, Hamlin had been the cure to Hendrick dominance and had 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 the front row and he could use a win to help secure his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

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
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Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx One Rate Toyota 19.013 99.595
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe`s Chevrolet 19.061 99.344
2 3 18 Kyle Busch M&M`s Halloween Toyota 19.061 99.344
4 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 19.092 99.183
3 5 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 19.096 99.162
6 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.111 99.084
4 7 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald`s Chevrolet 19.126 99.007
8 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 19.163 98.815
5 9 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 19.168 98.790
10 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevrolet 19.171 98.774
6 11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 19.176 98.748
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 19.183 98.712
7 13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 19.185 98.702
14 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 19.194 98.656
8 15 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 19.214 98.553
16 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 19.214 98.553
9 17 39 Ryan Newman State Water Heaters Chevrolet 19.219 98.527
18 41 Aric Almirola Maurice Petty Hall of Fame Inductee Ford 19.242 98.410
10 19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet 19.244 98.400
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Driven for a Cause Ford 19.245 98.394
11 21 14 Mark Martin Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.248 98.379
22 31 Jeff Burton Sleep Innovations / Dow Chevrolet 19.258 98.328
12 23 27 Paul Menard Menards / Turtle Wax Chevrolet 19.297 98.129
24 40 Landon Cassill(i) Moonshine Attitude Attire Chevrolet 19.312 98.053
13 25 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 19.313 98.048
26 51 Kyle Larson(i) Target Chevrolet 19.328 97.972
14 27 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver`s Ford 19.351 97.855
28 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 19.356 97.830
15 29 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.366 97.780
30 30 Cole Whitt(i) Widow Wax / Lean1 Toyota 19.366 97.780
16 31 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 19.387 97.674
32 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 19.398 97.618
17 33 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 19.408 97.568
34 47 Bobby Labonte Clorox Toyota 19.422 97.498
18 35 55 Elliott Sadler(i) RK Motors Collector Car Auctions Toyota 19.427 97.473
36 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 19.432 97.448
19 37 36 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Owner Points
38 32 Ken Schrader U.S. Chrome Ford Owner Points
20 39 33 Tony Raines(i) Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet Owner Points
40 87 Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO - JRR Toyota Owner Points
21 41 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet Owner Points
42 95 Reed Sorenson(i) Ford Owner Points
22 43 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 18 0 Toyota 11 0






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