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DATE: Sunday, October 30th
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 61,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 63rd
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1:30 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:43 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Mark Martin
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (Finished 1st)
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: $4,886,673 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $177,375; 2nd Place - $125,825; 3rd Place - $147,951
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin16Joey Logano22
2Mark Martin217Dale Earnhardt Jr28
3Kevin Harvick368Carl Edwards7
4Kyle Busch269Jeff Burton18
5Jimmie Johnson1910Brad Keselowski25
2010 Tums Fast Relief 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 71.619 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 40 minutes, 20 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.318 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 15 for 90 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (97.018 m.p.h.)
Past Tums Fast Relief 500 Winners (car) and Speed
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (1st) -- Toyota -- 71.619 m.p.h.
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (17th) -- Toyota -- 73.633 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 75.931 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 66.608 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.446 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 69.695 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 66.103 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 67.658 m.p.h.
2002 -- Kurt Busch (36th) -- Ford -- 74.651 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ricky Craven (6th) -- Ford -- 75.750 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (1st) -- Pontiac -- 73.859 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.347 m.p.h.
1998 -- Ricky Rudd (2nd) -- Ford -- 73.350 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (10th) -- Ford -- 73.072 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 82.223 m.p.h. (race record)
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 73.946 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 77.139 m.p.h.
1993 -- Ernie Irvan (1st) -- Ford -- 74.101 m.p.h..
1992 -- Geoff Bodine (7th) -- Ford -- 75.424 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (12th) -- Oldsmobile -- 74.535 m.p.h.
1990 -- Geoff Bodine (14th) -- Ford -- 76.386 m.p.h.
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 76.571 m.p.h.
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.988 m.p.h.
1987 -- Darrell Waltrip (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 76.410 m.p.h.
1986 -- Rusty Wallace (8th) -- Pontiac -- 73.191 m.p.h.
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.694 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 75.532 m.p.h.
1983 -- Ricky Rudd (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 76.134 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Buick -- 71.315 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 70.089 m.p.h.
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 69.654 m.p.h.
1979 -- Buddy Baker (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.119 m.p.h.
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (6th) -- Oldsmobile -- 79.336 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 73.447 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.370 m.p.h.
1975 -- Dave Marcis (7th) -- Dodge -- 75.800 m.p.h.
1974 -- Earl Ross (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 66.232 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Dodge -- 68.831 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Plymouth -- 69.989 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Isaac (1st) -- Dodge -- 73.681 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Plymouth -- 72.159 m.p.h.
1969 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Ford -- 63.127 m.p.h.
1968 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Plymouth -- 65.808 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Plymouth -- 69.606 m.p.h.
1966 -- Fred Lorenzen (2nd) -- Ford -- 69.177 m.p.h.
1965 -- Junior Johnson (3rd) -- Ford -- 67.056 m.p.h.
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (1st) -- Ford -- 67.320 m.p.h.
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen (2nd) -- Ford -- 67.486 m.p.h.
1962 -- Nelson Stacy (3rd) -- Ford -- 66.870 m.p.h.
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (4th) -- Pontiac -- 62.590 m.p.h.
1960 -- Rex White (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 60.440 m.p.h.
1959 -- Rex White (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 60.500 m.p.h.
1958 -- Fireball Roberts (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 63.970 m.p.h.
1957 -- Bob Welborn (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 63.030 m.p.h.
1956 -- Jack Smith (23rd) -- Dodge -- 61.140 m.p.h.
1955 -- Speedy Thompson (17th) -- Chrysler -- 59.600 m.p.h.
1954 -- Lee Petty (1st) -- Chrysler -- 44.547 m.p.h.
1953 -- Jim Paschal (n/a) -- Dodge -- 56.013 m.p.h.
1952 -- Herb Thomas (2nd) -- Hudson -- 47.556 m.p.h.
1951 -- Frank Mundy (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- not available
1950 -- Herb Thomas (19th) -- Plymouth -- not available
1949 -- Red Byron (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- not available
 
NOTE: Formerly called Goody's 500 (1983-1995), Hanes 500 (1996-97), NAPA
Autocare 500 (1998-2000), Old Dominion 500 (1956-1982, 2001-02), Subway
500 (2003-07).
 
Past Tums Fast Relief 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1st
2009 -- Ryan Newman -- 7th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3rd
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 27th
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 2nd
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 3rd
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
2002 -- Ryan Newman -- 15th
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 12th
2000 -- Tony Stewart -- 1st
1999 -- Joe Nemechek -- 38th
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 8th
1997 -- Ward Burton -- 7th
1996 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 3rd
1995 -- None -- Weather
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 9th
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 1st
1992 -- Kyle Petty -- 4th
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 5th
1990 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 9th
1988 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3rd
1987 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 20th
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 2nd
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 24th
1984 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 28th
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1982 -- Ricky Rudd -- 2nd
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 2nd
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 11th
1978 -- Lennie Pond -- 5th
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 22nd
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 2nd
1975 -- Cale Yarborough -- 19th
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 29th
1973 -- Cale Yarborough -- 2nd
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Bobby Isaac -- 1st
1970 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1969 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1968 -- Cale Yarborough -- 2nd
1967 -- Cale Yarborough -- 28th
1966 -- Junior Johnson -- 14th
1965 -- Richard Petty -- 2nd
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1st
1963 -- Junior Johnson -- 21st
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 7th
1961 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 18th
1960 -- Glen Wood -- 25th
1959 -- Glen Wood -- 2nd
1958 -- Glen Wood -- 9th
1957 -- Eddie Pagan -- 19th
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 7th
1955 -- Gwyn Staley -- 7th
1954 -- Lee Petty -- Won
1953 -- Fonty Flock -- 4th
1952 -- Perk Brown -- 22nd
1951 -- Herb Thomas -- 18th
1950 -- Fonty Flock -- 4th
1949 -- Curtis Turner -- 9th
Last Race Results
RACE: Good Sam Club 500 (October 23rd)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 500.08
LAPS: 188
WINNER: Clint Bowyer
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Burton
THIRD: Dave Blaney
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Brian Vickers
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (Finished 20th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 29 minutes, 14 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.404 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.018 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 72 among 26 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Martin - pole; J. Johnson 1; D. Ragan 2; M. Kenseth 3; J.
Burton 4; M. Kenseth 5; J. Burton 6; J. McMurray 7; M. Kenseth
8-13; R. Newman 14-15; K. Harvick 16-18; T. Kvapil 19; K. Harvick
20-23; K. Kahne 24-25; M. Waltrip 26; K. Kahne 27-28; K. Harvick
29; C. Bowyer 30-32; Kyle Busch 33-35; R. Newman 36; K. Harvick
37; R. Newman 38; C. Bowyer 39-44; R. Newman 45; C. Bowyer 46-47;
B. Vickers 48; J. Pablo Montoya 49-62; T. Stewart 63; B. Vickers
64; M. Kenseth 65-66; J. Pablo Montoya 67-68; Kurt Busch 69; M.
Ambrose 70-72; J. McMurray 73; C. Bowyer 74-75; J. McMurray 76;
D. Earnhardt Jr. 77-78; J. McMurray 79-80; B. Keselowski 81; R.
Gordon 82; A. Lally 83; J. Burton 84-85; J. McMurray 86-89; Kyle
Busch 90-91; J. McMurray 92; K. Harvick 93; J. McMurray 94; M.
Kenseth 95-96; J. McMurray 97; K. Harvick 98-100; T. Stewart 101;
J. Burton 102-105; R. Gordon 106; M. Martin 107; C. Bowyer
108-113; M. Kenseth 114-121; M. Martin 122; J. Gordon 123; C.
Bowyer 124-126; M. Kenseth 127; R. Gordon 128-135; T. Stewart
136-145; J. Burton 146-148; T. Stewart 149-156; B. Vickers 157;
J. Burton 158-163; C. Edwards 164; G. Biffle 165; C. Bowyer
166-167; D. Blaney 168; T. Stewart 169-178; J. Burton 179-187; C.
Bowyer 188.
Tums Fast Relief 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Carquest
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS My Choice
7Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Filtrete
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's Halloween
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/TBA
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)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/Advocare
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/TBA
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Hermie Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/TRG Motorsports
75Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Dodge/TBA
177Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
277Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/TRG Motorsports
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
92Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/Blow Brothers/Melling
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts Winterguard
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last eight years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Denny Hamlin---------8th2nd6th5thWonWon
Mark Martin10th14th12th34th24th------8th2nd
Kevin Harvick31st7th8th15th9th10th7th10th3rd
Kyle Busch---------9th18th4th29th4th4th
Jimmie Johnson6th2ndWon3rdWonWonWon2nd5th
Joey Logano---------------------12th6th
Dale Earnhardt Jr4th4th33rd18th22nd23rd2nd29th7th
Carl Edwards------24th26th12th11th3rd20th8th
Jeff Burton17th10th11th5th42nd12th17th15th9th
Brad Keselowski------------------------10th
Jamie McMurray---8th2nd7th19th32nd38th6th11th
Paul Menard---------------24th27th23rd13th
Kasey Kahne------13th17th7th15th33rd32nd14th
Matt Kenseth19th13th16th12th11th5th8th14th15th
Kurt BuschWon39th5th6th27th31st36th17th16th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------8th14th3rd19th
Jeff Gordon36thWon9thWon5th3rd4th5th20th
Tony Stewart11th3rd15th2nd4th13th26th9th24th
David Reutimann---------------17th24th16th27th
Martin Truex Jr------------36th19th10th28th29th
Ryan Newman15th5th3rd10th13th2nd23rd7th30th
Greg Biffle---19th17th20th32nd7th12th25th33rd
Clint Bowyer------------23rd9th9th19th38th
Brian Vickers------27th36th17th---11th11th---
 
Mover of the Week
Dave Blaney - Started in the 41st position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Clint Bowyer
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kasey Kahne) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Standing alone in 11th place on the points list with just four races remaining, Denny Hamlin has virtually no shot at winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Having said that, Hamlin definitely has a chance at winning this week's race at Martinsville. Why? Well, he's the two-time defending champion and has never finished outside the top-10 at this race in six years.

Last season, Hamlin moved to within six points of eventual champion Jimmie Johnson in the Chase after winning the Tums Fast Relief 500. Hamlin started on the pole, but dealt with an ill-handling car early in the race. He fell back as far as 15th before his pit crew made proper adjustments on the car, which helped him get back into contention for the win. Hamlin grabbed the lead from Kevin Harvick with 30 laps remaining, and then held it for his third consecutive win at Martinsville. Hamlin recorded his seventh of eight wins last season and the 15th of 17 career titles.

Hamlin and Johnson have dominated at Martinsville since the fall of 2006, winning every race except this year's spring race which went to Kevin Harvick. Hamlin had won three straight and four overall prior to Harvick, while Johnson had posted five wins in a six-race span. How good has Johnson been at Martinsville? In 19 career starts, he has finished outside the top-10 just twice (2002, 2010).

In 2009, Hamlin grabbed the lead from Johnson with 139 laps remaining and then a lightning-fast pit stop under green late in the race allowed him to keep the top position. An incident involving then-rookie Scott Speed set up a green-white- checkered finish. On the final restart, Hamlin pulled away from Johnson and fended him off before the race concluded under caution when John Andretti spun around at the start/finish line.

Johnson defeated Dale Earnhardt Jr in 2008 by less than a second for win number 39. It was another overwhelming performance, as he led seven times for a whopping 339 laps. Starting on the pole, Johnson led the final 35 laps to edge Earnhardt Jr by 0.708 of a second.

Johnson became the first back-to-back winner of this race since Darrell Waltrip captured three straight in 1987-89, when he won in 2007. Johnson, who started fourth on the grid, led four times for 147 laps, as he defeated Ryan Newman under caution for his 30th career Sprint Cup title. Johnson survived a record number of cautions (21) en route to victory.

When Kurt Busch won the 2002 fall race from the 36th starting position, it marked the furthest back a race winner had started.

In 2005, Jeff Gordon reclaimed the lead on lap 360 of the 500-lap event and held off pole sitter Tony Stewart for his 73rd Sprint Cup Series title. Stewart led seven times for a total of 283 laps, but finished 0.235 of a second behind Gordon. Before 72,000 fans, Gordon led for 151 laps, as he captured one of four races that year.

Not quite out of the Chase, Jeff Gordon, 10th on the points list, has enjoyed plenty of success at Martinsville with two wins and eight top-10's in his last nine Martinsville starts. Overall, Gordon has seven all-time poles, seven wins and 16 top-10s in his last 17 starts.

Three active drivers average a top-10 finish at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.6), Denny Hamlin (6.6) and Jeff Gordon (7.0).

During Harvick's win earlier this year, there were 31 lead changes, a track record.

Carl Edwards, despite his 11th place finish at Talladega, increased his lead to 14 points over new second-place and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth, who placed 18th. It's the largest points lead in the Chase so far.

Martinsville Speedway is the last charter race track still on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. There have been many changes to the .526-mile facility since it hosted its first NASCAR premier series event in 1949. That first race at the dirt-surfaced speedway covered 200 laps with 15 cars in the field. Today's races at Martinsville cover 500 laps with 43 cars competing. A crowd of 10,000 attended that first race, while an estimated 64,000 were in attendance at the race last season. Red Byron won the initial race in 1949, pocketing $1,500 for the victory. There have been 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950. The pole sitter has captured 19 of those races and the top two positions have taken the checkered flag 34 times.

The November 6th AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is the next race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.

10/25 18:45:54 ET

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