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2014 Martinsville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 30, 2014 - 06:50 AM
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2014 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, 130 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 eight career wins. Now it is six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson who has took an amazing five wins in six tries between 2006 and 2009, and has won two of the last three events. Johnson also has eight career victories at the short track.

In all, Team Chevy drivers have won 17 of the last 22 races held at Martinsville with 10 of those races won by Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Chevrolet has also won the last six straight events.

Other than Gordon & Johnson, only Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin have multiple wins - two for Stewart, four for Hamlin - among active drivers racing in today's field. Stewart's last win at this track was back in 2011, while Hamlin hasn't won here since 2010.

For a time it appeared that Hamlin was 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 and Hendrick Motorsports being the trend.

It should be an easy pick today, so we'll go with the obvious... Jimmie Johnson. Johnson starts from fourth.

Should Johnson fail, Chevrolet or Jeff Gordon 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
65th Annual STP 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 28, 2014 @ 05:48 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon 09/22/96 03:11:54 82.223
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 18.998 99.674
2 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 19.022 99.548
2 3 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.045 99.428
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 19.093 99.178
3 5 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 19.118 99.048
6 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 19.118 99.048
4 7 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.150 98.883
8 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 19.157 98.846
5 9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 19.200 98.625
10 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy - Get Found Chevrolet 19.290 98.165
6 11 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 19.369 97.764
12 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 19.445 97.382
7 13 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 19.134 98.965
14 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 19.141 98.929
8 15 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush's Beans Chevrolet 19.149 98.888
16 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 19.151 98.877
9 17 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 19.183 98.712
18 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 19.184 98.707
10 19 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 19.193 98.661
20 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 19.200 98.625
11 21 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet 19.203 98.610
22 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 19.203 98.610
12 23 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 19.205 98.599
24 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 19.205 98.599
13 25 51 Justin Allgaier # AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 19.238 98.430
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 19.248 98.379
14 27 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 19.252 98.359
28 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 19.257 98.333
15 29 32 Travis Kvapil Keen Parts / SK Tools Ford 19.274 98.246
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 19.282 98.206
16 31 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 19.283 98.200
32 95 Michael McDowell Triangle Office Equipment Ford 19.322 98.002
17 33 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 19.331 97.957
34 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 19.345 97.886
18 35 26 Cole Whitt # Swan Energy Toyota 19.358 97.820
36 40 Landon Cassill(i) CRC Brakleen / FiberLock Chevrolet 19.370 97.759
19 37 33 David Stremme Mace Brands Chevrolet Owner Points
38 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota Owner Points
20 39 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford Owner Points
40 7 Michael Annett # Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 30 Parker Kligerman # Swan Energy Toyota Owner Points
42 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 35 David Reutimann.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 22 0 Toyota 10 0






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