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DATE: Sunday, April 3rd
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 56th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:13 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (Finished 35th)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 263
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tony Stewart, 2005 (98.083 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,935,846 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $179,225; 2nd Place - $148,765; 3rd Place - $144,901
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin196Brian Vickers14
2Joey Logano177Clint Bowyer12
3Jeff Gordon118Carl Edwards13
4Ryan Newman269Jimmie Johnson3
5Martin Truex Jr2010Greg Biffle4
2010 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 73.180 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 39 minutes, 5 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.670 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 13 for 79 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (2010 owner points)
Past Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (19th) -- Toyota -- 73.180 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.938 m.p.h.
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (2nd) -- Toyota -- 73.163 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.258 m.p.h.
2006 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 72.741 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.099 m.p.h.
2004 -- Rusty Wallace (17th) -- Dodge -- 68.169 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 75.557 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bobby Labonte (15th) -- Pontiac -- 73.951 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (13th) -- Ford -- 70.799 m.p.h.
2000 -- Mark Martin (21st) -- Ford -- 71.161 m.p.h.
1999 -- John Andretti (21st) -- Pontiac -- 75.653 m.p.h.
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 70.709 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.347 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 81.410 m.p.h.
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (15th) -- Ford -- 72.145 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Ford -- 76.700 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 79.078 m.p.h.
1992 -- Mark Martin (12th) -- Ford -- 78.086 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.139 m.p.h.
1990 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1st) -- Ford -- 77.423 m.p.h.
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.025 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.740 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.808 m.p.h.
1986 -- Ricky Rudd (4th) -- Ford -- 76.882 m.p.h.
1985 -- Harry Gant (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.072 m.p.h.
1984 -- Geoff Bodine (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.264 m.p.h.
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 66.460 m.p.h.
1982 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Buick -- 75.073 m.p.h.
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd (12th) -- Pontiac -- 75.019 m.p.h.
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 69.049 m.p.h.
1979 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 76.562 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 77.971 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 77.405 m.p.h.
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 71.759 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Dodge -- 69.282 m.p.h.
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 69.936 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 70.251 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 72.657 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 77.707 m.p.h.
1970 -- Bobby Isaac (2nd) -- Dodge -- 68.512 m.p.h.
1969 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Ford -- 64.405 m.p.h.
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Mercury -- 66.686 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Plymouth -- 67.446 m.p.h.
1966 -- Jim Paschal (1st) -- Plymouth -- 69.156 m.p.h.
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (2nd) -- Ford -- 66.765 m.p.h.
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (1st) -- Ford -- 70.098 m.p.h.
1963 -- Richard Petty (8th) -- Plymouth -- 64.823 m.p.h.
1962 -- Richard Petty (7th) -- Plymouth -- 66.430 m.p.h.
1961 -- Junior Johnson (17th) -- Pontiac -- 66.280 m.p.h.
1960 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Plymouth -- 63.940 m.p.h.
1959 -- Lee Petty (24th) -- Oldsmobile -- 59.440 m.p.h.
1958 -- Bob Welborn (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 61.160 m.p.h.
1957 -- Buck Baker (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 63.025 m.p.h.
1956 -- Buck Baker (1st) -- Dodge -- 60.950 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Virginia 500 (1956-1981, 2002-03), Virginia National
Bank 500 (1983), Sovran Bank 500 (1984-1987), Pannill 500 (1988-1989),
Hanes 500 (1990-1995), Goody's 500 (1996-2000), Martinsville 500 (2001),
Virginia 500 (2002-03), Advance Auto Parts 500 (2004-05), DirecTV 500
(2006), Goody's Cool Orange 500 (2007-08).
 
Past Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2nd
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3rd
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3rd
2005 -- Scott Riggs -- 21st
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6th
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 23rd
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 12th
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 10th
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 20th
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 1st
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 6th
1996 -- Ricky Craven -- 12th
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 10th
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1993 -- Geoff Bodine -- 6th
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 29th
1990 -- Geoff Bodine -- 1st
1989 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16th
1988 -- Ricky Rudd -- 18th
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 17th
1986 -- Tom Richmond -- 20th
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 23rd
1984 -- Joe Ruttman -- 6th
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5th
1982 -- Terry Labonte -- 20th
1981 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3rd
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1978 -- Lennie Ponds -- 18th
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 12th
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 21st
1975 -- Bennie Parsons -- 6th
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 15th
1970 -- LeeRoy Yarborough -- 26th
1969 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1968 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 36th
1966 -- Jim Paschal -- 1st
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 22nd
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1st
1963 -- Rex White -- 11th
1962 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 4th
1961 -- Rex White -- 2nd
1960 -- Glen Wood -- 3rd
1959 -- Bobby Johns -- 29th
1958 -- Buck Baker -- 35th
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith -- 7th
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Auto Club 400 (March 27th)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, California
MILES: 400
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 10th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 6 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 150.849 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.144 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 16 laps
LAP LEADERS: J. Montoya 1-6; D. Hamlin 7-21; Kyle Busch 22-31; J. Montoya 32;
C. Bowyer 33; J. Johnson 34; J. Yeley 35-36; Kyle Busch 37-66; M.
Truex Jr. 67; T. Stewart 68-69; Kyle Busch 70-76; T. Stewart
77-79; R. Newman 80-87; T. Stewart 88-91; Kyle Busch 92-137; T.
Stewart 138-139; Kyle Busch 140-197; J. Johnson 198-199; K.
Harvick 200.
Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Outdoors
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Widia
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Quaker State/GoDaddy
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
09Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/Rydex
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Pedigree
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Nibco
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/VA Mortgage Center
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/BB&T
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Lance
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA
60Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing LLC
71Hermie Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/Eco-Fuel Saver
75Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Dodge/TBA
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
92Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Dodge/K-Automotive Motorsports
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/AFLAC
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Denny Hamlin------------37th3rdWon2ndWon
Joey Logano---------------------32nd2nd
Jeff Gordon23rdWon6thWon2nd2nd2nd4th3rd
Ryan Newman41st38th5th4th18th14th19th6th4th
Martin Truex Jr------------19th29th21st29th5th
Brian Vickers------13th35th8th---23rd33rd6th
Clint Bowyer------------22nd11th10th5th7th
Carl Edwards---------38th16th17th9th26th8th
Jimmie Johnson35th9th4th8th3rdWon4thWon9th
Greg Biffle---18th35th29th31st32nd20th28th10th
Brad Keselowski------------------------12th
Paul Menard------------------16th25th14th
Dale Earnhardt Jr5th3rd3rd13th4th5th6th8th15th
Kasey Kahne------21st2nd35th25th17th19th17th
Matt Kenseth2nd22nd8th11th24th10th30th23rd18th
Jeff Burton9th4th25th16th33rd6th3rd15th20th
Mark Martin8th17th34th3rd13th------7th21st
Kyle Busch---------39th5th4th38th24th22nd
Kurt Busch10th28th11th19th11th12th33rd18th23rd
Tony Stewart3rd6th14th26thWon7th5th3rd26th
David Reutimann---------------33rd39th20th28th
Jamie McMurray---39th7th25th9th9th8th10th30th
Kevin Harvick31st7th8th32nd7th41st12th11th35th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------16th13th12th36th
 
Mover of the Week
Kevin Harvick - Started in the 24th position and finished 1st
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Clint Bowyer
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Marcos Ambrose) - Finished 28th
 
NOTES:
Denny Hamlin will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Rusty Wallace ran off four straight from 1993-96, as he defends his title this week at Martinsville Speedway. Not only did Hamlin win this race in 2010, he has captured the last three races at Martinsville and four of the past six.

Last season, Virginia-native Hamlin was scheduled to have surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Monday. Instead, Hamlin drove into victory lane with a painful knee after taking the rain-delayed Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 in front of his home crowd at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin led a race-high 172 laps, but gave up the top position to Jeff Gordon when he opted to pit for new tires during a caution with less than 10 laps remaining. The pit strategy paid off at the end.

An accident involving Kyle Busch and Paul Menard set up a green-white- checkered finish. After the final restart, second-place runner-up Matt Kenseth dove underneath Gordon to take the lead, but Gordon shoved Kenseth up the track and into the wall. Hamlin moved past Ryan Newman and then darted ahead of Gordon and Kenseth to take the lead for good with one and a half laps remaining. Hamlin has won at Martinsville three times, including a victory in 2008. The 2010 win was one of eight titles last season. Winless in five starts this year, Hamlin owns 16 career Sprint Cup titles.

With 16 laps remaining in 2009, Jimmie Johnson overtook Hamlin and held on for his 41st career Sprint Cup title, defeating Hamlin by 0.774 of a second. Johnson grabbed the lead for the first time on lap 430, when he beat Hamlin off of pit road during a caution for an incident involving Jeremy Mayfield. He held the top spot until a restart on lap 456, when Hamlin passed him after the green flag waved. Hamlin held off Johnson for two more restarts, but the four- time Sprint Cup Series champion drove underneath Hamlin and moved him up the track while making the winning pass. Johnson's win total now stands at 53.

Johnson has dominated at Martinsville Speedway, winning five of the last nine races and has posted a top-10 finish in 17 straight at the track. Overall, Johnson has six wins, a pair of runner-up finishes, two thirds and two fourth- place finishes at the Virginia oval. His average finish in 16 trips is 5.333.

Back in 2008, Hamlin reclaimed the lead on lap 427 of the 500-lap race and took the checkered flag in front of Jeff Gordon for his then fourth career Sprint Cup title. Starting on the front row next to pole-sitter Gordon, Hamlin led on three separate occasions for 82 laps, while Gordon led for 90 laps. Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr dominated most of the race, each leading five times, Johnson for 135 laps and Earnhardt Jr for 146 laps. The two drivers finished fourth and sixth respectively. Hamlin's win over Gordon was by .398 of a second.

In 2006, Tony Stewart outraced Gordon to the finish line, clipping "Speed Racer" by just over a second for his 25th career Sprint Cup title. Gordon, who is a seven-time winner on this track, had dominated at Martinsville this past decade, posting four wins, three seconds and two thirds since 2003. Stewart reclaimed the lead on lap 474 of the 500-lap event to clip Gordon by 1.083 seconds. Stewart led the race on five separate occasions for a race-high 288 laps, while pole sitter Jimmie Johnson, who placed third, led four times for 195 laps.

Darrell Waltrip, an 11-time winner at Martinsville, is the all-time pole- winner with eight poles at the Virginia track. Richard Petty had registered 15 of his 200 career wins at this track. In fact, nine of those wins were at this race. Lee Petty holds the record for the driver that started the farthest back and won this race, when he captured the 1959 Virginia 500 from the 24th position.

The pole sitter has won at Martinsville 19 times in 124 races, the most recent in this race in 2003 when Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag. Hamlin won the fall race last year from the pole. The top-10 positions have accounted for 89 wins. Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating racing facilities in the United States. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 25, 1949.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the April 9th running of the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, as Hamlin defends his title.

03/29 16:13:11 ET

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