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DateSunday, Oct. 26SiteMartinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Virginia
Track0.526-mile ovalCapacity65,000 (grandstand seating)
AnnouncersRadioMotor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time1:30 p.m. ETLaps500
Pick to WinPick to Win - Kevin HarvickDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - finished 31
Defending ChampionJeff GordonRunner UpMatt Kenseth
Last Year's Pole WinnerDenny Hamlin (finished 7)  


Qualifying RecordsKyle Busch, March 2014 (99.674 mph)Race RecordJeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Jeff Gordon9
6Kevin Harvick10
2Matt Kenseth4
7Denny Hamlin1
3Clint Bowyer5
8Dale Earnhardt Jr12
4Brad Keselowski11
9Greg Biffle33
5Jimmie Johnson2
10Jamie McMurray7

Facts and Figures

Average Speed70.337 mphTime of Race3 hrs., 44 mins., 21 secs.
Margin of Victory0.605 secs.Caution Flags17 for - laps
Lead Changes15 among 8 driversPole WinnerDenny Hamlin (99.595 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Jeff GordonChevrolet70.337 mph
2012Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet77.677 mph
2011Tony StewartChevrolet68.648 mph
2010Denny HamlinToyota71.619 mph
2009Denny HamlinToyota73.633 mph
2008Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet75.931 mph
2007Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet66.608 mph
2006Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet70.446 mph
2005Jeff GordonChevrolet69.695 mph
2004Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet66.103 mph
2003Jeff GordonChevrolet67.658 mph
2002Kurt BuschFord74.651 mph
2001Ricky CravenFord75.750 mph
2000Tony StewartPontiac73.859 mph
1999Jeff GordonChevrolet72.347 mph
1998Ricky RuddFord73.350 mph
1997Jeff BurtonFord73.072 mph
1996Jeff GordonChevrolet82.223 mph
1995Dale EarnhardtChevrolet73.946 mph
1994Rusty WallaceFord77.139 mph
1993Ernie IrvanFord74.101 mph
1992Geoff BodineFord75.424 mph
1991Harry GantOldsmobile74.535 mph
1990Geoff BodineFord76.386 mph
1989Darrell WaltripChevrolet76.571 mph
1988Darrell WaltripChevrolet74.988 mph
1987Darrell WaltripChevrolet76.410 mph
1986Rusty WallacePontiac73.191 mph
1985Dale EarnhardtChevrolet70.694 mph
1984Darrell WaltripChevrolet75.532 mph
1983Ricky RuddChevrolet76.134 mph
1982Darrell WaltripBuick71.315 mph
1981Darrell WaltripBuick70.089 mph
1980Dale EarnhardtChevrolet69.654 mph
1979Buddy BakerChevrolet75.119 mph
1978Cale YarboroughOldsmobile79.336 mph
1977Cale YarboroughChevrolet73.447 mph
1976Cale YarboroughChevrolet75.370 mph
1975Dave MarcisDodge75.800 mph
1974Earl RossChevrolet66.232 mph
1973Richard PettyDodge68.831 mph
1972Richard PettyPlymouth69.989 mph
1971Bobby IsaacDodge73.681 mph
1970Richard PettyPlymouth72.159 mph
1969Richard PettyFord63.127 mph
1968Richard PettyPlymouth65.808 mph
1967Richard PettyPlymouth69.606 mph
1966Fred LorenzenFord69.177 mph
1965Junior JohnsonFord67.056 mph
1964Fred LorenzenFord67.320 mph
1963Fred LorenzenFord67.486 mph
1962Nelson StacyFord66.870 mph
1961Joe WeatherlyPontiac62.590 mph
1960Rex WhiteChevrolet60.440 mph
1959Rex WhiteChevrolet60.500 mph
1958Fireball RobertsChevrolet63.970 mph
1957Bob WelbornChevrolet63.030 mph
1956Jack SmithDodge61.140 mph
1955Speedy ThompsonChrysler59.600 mph
1954Lee PettyChrysler44.547 mph
1953Jim PaschalDodge56.013 mph
1952Herb ThomasHudson47.556 mph
1951Frank MundyOldsmobilenot available
1950Herb ThomasPlymouthnot available
1949Red ByronOldsmobilenot available

Past Pole Winners

2013Denny Hamlin7
2012Jimmie Johnson1
2010Denny Hamlin1
2009Ryan Newman7
2007Jeff Gordon3
2006Kurt Busch27
2005Tony Stewart2
2004Ryan Newman3
2003Jeff Gordon1
2002Ryan Newman15
2001Todd Bodine12
2000Tony Stewart1
1999Joe Nemechek38
1998Ernie Irvan8
1997Ward Burton7
1996Bobby Hamilton3
1994Ted Musgrave9
1993Ernie Irvan1
1992Kyle Petty4
1991Mark Martin5
1990Mark Martin3
1989Dale Earnhardt9
1988Rusty Wallace3
1987Geoffrey Bodine20
1986Geoffrey Bodine2
1985Geoffrey Bodine24
1984Geoffrey Bodine28
1983Darrell Waltrip3
1982Ricky Rudd2
1981Darrell Waltrip1
1980Buddy Baker2
1979Darrell Waltrip11
1978Lennie Pond5
1977Neil Bonnett22
1976Darrell Waltrip2
1975Cale Yarborough19
1974Richard Petty29
1973Cale Yarborough2
1972Bobby Allison2
1971Bobby Isaac1
1970Bobby Allison2
1969David Pearson2
1968Cale Yarborough2
1967Cale Yarborough28
1966Junior Johnson14
1965Richard Petty2
1964Fred Lorenzen1
1963Junior Johnson21
1962Fireball Roberts7
1961Fred Lorenzen18
1960Glen Wood25
1959Glen Wood2
1958Glen Wood9
1957Eddie Pagan19
1956Buck Baker7
1955Gwyn Staley7
1954Lee Petty1
1953Fonty Flock4
1952Perk Brown22
1951Herb Thomas18
1950Fonty Flock4
1949Curtis Turner9

Last Race Results

Geico 500 (October 19)

SiteTalladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, AlabamaMiles516.04
Laps194Pole WinnerBrian Vickers (finished 20)
Time of Race3 hrs., 13 mins., 9 secs.Average Speed160.302 mph
Margin of Victory0.141 secs.Caution Flags6 for 25 laps
Lead Changes38 among 19 drivers  
Lap Leaders: Vickers-pole, Johnson 1, Blaney 2-14, Johnson 15-25, Keselowski Vickers-pole, Johnson 1, Blaney 2-14, Johnson 15-25, Keselowski 26-28, Johnson 29-38, Hamlin 39, Stewart 40-44, Kahne 45, Biffle 46, McMurray 47-49, Keselowski 50, Kahne 51-61, Ragan 62, Kenseth 63, Johnson 64-74, Earnhardt Jr 75-103, Gilliland 104-105, J. Gordon 106, Blaney 107-108, Cassill 109, Earnhardt Jr 110--, Harvick 112-113, Johnson 114-132, Whitt 133, Johnson 134-137, Keselowski 138, Johnson 139-162, Truex Jr 163, Johnson 164-166, Patrick 167-173, Ragan 174, J. Gordon 175-176, Newman 177-181, Johnson 182, Newman 183-186, Keselowski 187-192, Newman 193, Keselowski 194.
Winner: Brad Keselowski
Second: Matt Kenseth
Third: Clint Bowyer
Fourth: Landon Cassill
Fifth: Ryan Newman

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Allstate Peterbuilt
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/AAA Insurance
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dustless Blasting
24 *Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Bad Boy Mowers
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Kyle Fowler(Smyrna, GA)Ford/
33Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/Wendell Scott HOF Tribute
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Zing Zang
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/A&W All American Food
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
44Timmy Hill(Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Phoenix Warehouse
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Auto-Owners Insurance
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Mike Wallace(St. Louis, MO)Toyota/
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83To Be AnnouncedToyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93To Be AnnouncedToyota/TBA
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

Leading Contenders

Jeff GordonWon53452037Won
Matt Kenseth121158141531142
Clint Bowyer---239919381953
Brad Keselowski---------------101764
Jimmie Johnson3WonWonWon252Won5
Kevin Harvick1591071034326
Denny Hamlin8265WonWon5337
Dale Earnhardt Jr18222322977218
Greg Biffle2032712253315109
Carl Edwards261211320891812
Joey Logano------------126181614
Kyle Busch9184294427215
Kurt Busch62731361716141518
Kasey Kahne1771533321425327
Ryan Newman1013223730101138
Tony Stewart241326924Won27---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the 33rd race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the first of three events in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Martinsville Speedway opened in September 1947 and was originally a dirt track. The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at this track occurred on July 4, 1948. The track was paved in 1955, and concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976. There are 12 degrees of banking in all four turns. The lengths of the frontstretch and backstretch are 800 feet. There have been 131 Sprint Cup races held at Martinsville. Red Byron won the inaugural event there on Sept. 25, 1949. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1950. Richard Petty holds the record for most wins at this track with 15. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with eight victories each there. Petty has more starts at Martinsville than any other driver with 67. Gordon's 43 starts there is tops among those drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race. Hendrick Motorsports has the most car owner wins at this track with 21, followed by Petty Enterprises with 19. Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most pole wins at Martinsville with eight. Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles there. The race winner at this track has started from the pole 21 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Johnson most recently did it in the 2013 spring race. Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Martinsville occurred on April 1, 2007 when Johnson beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.065 seconds. The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at this track is 36th. Kurt Busch did it in the fall of 2002. Busch scored his second victory there earlier this year. One driver entered in this race made his Cup debut at Martinsville: Travis Kvapil (fall of 2004). Tony Stewart's first career pole in the series occurred at this track in April 1999. No driver on the entry list has scored his or her first Cup win at Martinsville. Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Martinsville. Petty took the checkered flag there on April 10, 1960 when he was 22 years, 9 months and 8 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 8 months and 12 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on September 22, 1991. The second race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase is the Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson won last year's race there.
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