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Oct. 30, 2015
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found in Couch Potato Tuesday here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
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Records and facts
Last year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed Tony Stewart on the final restart with four laps to go and held on to take his first career win at Martinsville. Needless to say, he was very happy to snag a grandfather clock. Victory Lane turned into a group celebration that nearly knocked over said clock. Jeff Gordon was second followed by Ryan Newman, Stewart and Joey Logano
Richard Petty is the all-time winningest driver at Martinsville with 15 career victories. Darrell Waltrip is second with 11. Among active drivers, both Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson both have eight career wins. Denny Hamlin has five.
Track / Race Length: .526 mile oval, 500 laps (263 miles)
Banking: 12 degrees in turns
Straights: 800 ft, banked 0 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 55,000
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Pace Car Speed: 35 mph
Opened: 1947, first Cup race in 1949
Practice No. 2: Saturday, October 31, 9 - 9:55 a.m. on CNBC
Happy Hour: Saturday, October 31, 12 - 12:50 p.m. on CNBC
Qualifying: Friday, October 30, 4:20 p.m. on NBC Sports Live Extra (tape-delayed coverage at 6 p.m. on NBCSN)
"I'd like to think we're really close. We've been good there – especially the last couple of races there, we've been really good. It's a tough racetrack and, anytime you come in the pits and make an adjustment on your car, you certainly hope it goes the right way, or you make enough of it, or you don't make too much of an adjustment. It seems like I haven't quite scienced that out for the last run there. The last run can be tricky, too, because you can be coming off a 50-lap run on right-side tires and take four and you've only got 30 (laps) to go, or you could have 80 to go and you know you have to manage that run all the way to the end." - Kyle Busch
"Martinsville [Speedway] is my favorite track right behind Bristol [Motor Speedway]. I've always been a fan of the short tracks and Martinsville fits the bill. It's definitely a driver's track and it's so physically challenging for us. You have to hit your marks so perfectly at Martinsville because one small mistake means you get stuck on the outside. Once you are in the upper groove, it's so difficult to get back to the inside groove. The other challenging thing about Martinsville is passing cars. You can be faster than the car in front of you and be right on their bumper, but you have to wait for the right opportunity to make the pass. I'm excited to get back in the Auto-Owners Insurance Chevy this weekend. This is their last primary race of the season and I want to get them a good finish." - Justin Allgaier
"Even on the bad days, it can be fun. And when you have a good day, it's great. The grandfather clock you get for winning is one of the cooler trophies in our sport. Normally, 20-year-old kids don't get too excited about grandfather clocks, but you realize it's more than that at Martinsville. There's a lot of pride and lot of history with this sport at Martinsville. One thing about Martinsville is there is no lack of excitement. I don't care how flawlessly your day goes, you're going to bump into somebody at some point, even on a perfect day. You put 43 cars on this half-mile track and it's always going to be exciting. You will never have a race there where you don't have some sort of drama during the day. I think every driver will say they will have some drama at some point. When you have 43 drivers with 43 dramatic moments, that's a lot of action going on." - Tony Stewart
Holding a Pretty Wheel: Races Were All That Mattered
Q: Last year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. celebrated in Victory Lane at Martinsville, something that he considered quite the achievement. Back in his rookie year, the then-NAPA AutoCare 500 was a nightmare for Earnhardt Jr. What happened?
Q: In 1997, Jeff Burton won the rain-delayed Hanes 500 at Martinsville (it was pushed back to Monday due to rain). Despite Burton running very well all day it was a bit of unusual luck that gave him the win. What happened?
A: With 24 laps to go, Rusty Wallace jumped the restart and was black-flagged by NASCAR. The restart can be seen here. Burton then held off Dale Earnhardt, Sr. to win. Wallace had to settle for 15th.
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