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DATE: Sunday, March 30
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 65th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, March 28/4:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 1)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 263
QUALIFYING RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2013 (99.595 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson16Brad Keselowski7
2Clint Bowyer157Jamie McMurray13
3Jeff Gordon68Marcos Ambrose2
4Kasey Kahne59Greg Biffle22
5Kyle Busch1110Mark Martin35
2013 STP 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 72.066 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 38 mins., 58 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.627 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 12 for 85 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (98.400 mph)
Past STP 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 72.066 mph
2012 -- Ryan Newman (5) -- Chevrolet -- 78.823 mph
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (9) -- Chevrolet -- 74.195 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (19) -- Toyota -- 73.180 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (9) -- Chevrolet -- 75.938 mph
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (2) -- Toyota -- 73.163 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (20) -- Chevrolet -- 70.258 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Chevrolet -- 72.741 mph
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (16) -- Chevrolet -- 72.099 mph
2004 -- Rusty Wallace (17) -- Dodge -- 68.169 mph
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 75.557 mph
2002 -- Bobby Labonte (15) -- Pontiac -- 73.951 mph
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (13) -- Ford -- 70.799 mph
2000 -- Mark Martin (21) -- Ford -- 71.161 mph
1999 -- John Andretti (21) -- Pontiac -- 75.653 mph
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton (1) -- Chevrolet -- 70.709 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (4) -- Chevrolet -- 70.347 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 81.410 mph
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (15) -- Ford -- 72.145 mph
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Ford -- 76.700 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 79.078 mph
1992 -- Mark Martin (12) -- Ford -- 78.086 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (10) -- Chevrolet -- 75.139 mph
1990 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1) -- Ford -- 77.423 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (10) -- Chevrolet -- 79.025 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (14) -- Chevrolet -- 74.740 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 72.808 mph
1986 -- Ricky Rudd (4) -- Ford -- 76.882 mph
1985 -- Harry Gant (13) -- Chevrolet -- 73.072 mph
1984 -- Geoff Bodine (6) -- Chevrolet -- 73.264 mph
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 66.460 mph
1982 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Buick -- 75.073 mph
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd (12) -- Pontiac -- 75.019 mph
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Chevrolet -- 69.049 mph
1979 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Chevrolet -- 76.562 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 77.971 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (5) -- Chevrolet -- 77.405 mph
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 71.759 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Dodge -- 69.282 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 69.936 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 70.251 mph
1972 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 72.657 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 77.707 mph
1970 -- Bobby Isaac (2) -- Dodge -- 68.512 mph.
1969 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Ford -- 64.405 mph
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Mercury -- 66.686 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Plymouth -- 67.446 mph.
1966 -- Jim Paschal (1) -- Plymouth -- 69.156 mph
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (2) -- Ford -- 66.765 mph
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 70.098 mph
1963 -- Richard Petty (8) -- Plymouth -- 64.823 mph
1962 -- Richard Petty (7) -- Plymouth -- 66.430 mph
1961 -- Junior Johnson (17) -- Pontiac -- 66.280 mph
1960 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Plymouth -- 63.940 mph
1959 -- Lee Petty (24) -- Oldsmobile -- 59.440 mph
1958 -- Bob Welborn (20) -- Chevrolet -- 61.160 mph
1957 -- Buck Baker (14) -- Chevrolet -- 63.025 mph
1956 -- Buck Baker (1) -- Dodge -- 60.950 mph
1955 -- Tim Flock (4) -- Chrysler -- 52.554 mph
1954 -- Jim Paschal (n/a) -- Oldsmobile -- 46.153 mph
1953 -- Lee Petty (n/a) -- Dodge -- average speed n/a
1952 -- Dick Rathmann (9) -- Hudson -- 42.862 mph
1951 -- Curtis Turner (7) -- Oldsmobile -- average speed n/a
1950 -- Curtis Turner (n/a) -- Oldsmobile -- average speed n/a
1949 -- Red Byron (3) -- Oldsmobile -- average speed n/a
 
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), Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500
(2009-12), STP Gas Booster 500 (2013).
 
Past STP 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2012 -- Kasey Kahne -- 38
2011 -- Jamie McMurray -- 7
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3
2005 -- Scott Riggs -- 21
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 23
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 12
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 10
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 20
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 1
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 6
1996 -- Ricky Craven -- 12
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 10
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1993 -- Geoff Bodine -- 6
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 29
1990 -- Geoff Bodine -- 1
1989 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16
1988 -- Ricky Rudd -- 18
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 17
1986 -- Tom Richmond -- 20
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 23
1984 -- Joe Ruttman -- 6
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5
1982 -- Terry Labonte -- 20
1981 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1978 -- Lennie Ponds -- 18
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 12
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 21
1975 -- Bennie Parsons -- 6
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 15
1970 -- LeeRoy Yarborough -- 26
1969 -- Bobby Allison -- 3
1968 -- David Pearson -- 2
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 36
1966 -- Jim Paschal -- 1
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 22
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1963 -- Rex White -- 11
1962 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 4
1961 -- Rex White -- 2
1960 -- Glen Wood -- 3
1959 -- Bobby Johns -- 29
1958 -- Buck Baker -- 35
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith -- 7
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1
1955 -- Jim Paschal -- 9
1954 -- None -- Weather
1953 -- None -- Weather
1952 -- Buck Baker -- 20
1951 -- Tim Flock -- 3
1950 -- Buck Baker -- 8
1949 -- Curtis Turner -- 9
Last Race Results
RACE: Auto Club 400 (March 23)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.
MILES: 412
LAPS: 206
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 4)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 5 mins., 53 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.987 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.214 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 42 laps
LAP LEADERS: Kenseth-pole, Keselowski 1-9, Bowyer 10, Keselowski 11-20, Ragan
21, Keselowski 22, Ky. Busch 23-26, Keselowski 27-43, Gilliland
44, Cassill 45, Johnson 46, Vickers 47, Johnson 48-57, Bowyer 58,
Keselowski 59, Johnson 60-70, Newman 71-73, Kenseth 74-83,
Johnson 84-86, Kenseth 87, Nemechek 88, Kenseth 89-90, Johnson
91-105, J. Gordon 106-119, Sorenson 120, Kenseth 121-126, Johnson
127-142, J. Gordon 143, Reutimann 144, Johnson 145-167, J. Gordon
168, Johnson 169-193, J. Gordon 194-200, Cassill 201-203, Ku.
Busch 204-205, Ky. Busch 206.
STP 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Code 3 Assoc./Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
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/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paints
30Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/TBA
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Keen Parts/SK Tools
33Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Ford/MDS Transport
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/STP
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Borla Exhaust
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Triangle Office Equipment
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Jimmie Johnson83Won4Won91112Won
Clint Bowyer---221110579102
Jeff GordonWon222435143
Kasey Kahne2352517191739384
Kyle Busch39543824223365
Brad Keselowski---------------121996
Jamie McMurray2599810307207
Greg Biffle29313220281021139
Brian Vickers358---23336171811
Kevin Harvick32741121135Won1913
Matt Kenseth1124103023186414
Carl Edwards3816179268181115
Tony Stewart26Won7532634717
Joey Logano------------322132323
Dale Earnhardt Jr134568152324
Ryan Newman41814196420Won31
Kurt Busch191112331823163337
 
Mover of the Week
Paul Menard - started 30 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 24
 
NOTES:
The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the sixth race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

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 130 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 Martinsville with 15. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with eight victories there. Johnson won at this track one year ago, and Gordon took the checkered flag last October.

Petty has more starts at Martinsville than any other driver with 67. Gordon's 42 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 Martinsville 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 Martinsville has started from the pole 21 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Johnson most recently did it in last year's 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 Martinsville is 36th. Kurt Busch did it in the fall of 2002.

Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Martinsville: Travis Kvapil (fall of 2004) and Michael McDowell (spring of 2008).

Tony Stewart is the only driver on the entry list that claimed his maiden pole in the series at Martinsville (spring of 1999).

No driver entered 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 there on September 22, 1991.

The next race is the April 6 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.

03/25 13:08:57 ET

As of March 25, 2014, at 01:09 PM ET

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