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DATE: Sunday, March 29
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 66th
TELEVISION: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, March 27/4:45 p.m. ET (TV: FOX Sports 1)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kurt Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 14)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 263
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jamie McMurray, October 2014 (99.905 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 mph)
 
2014 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kurt Busch226Matt Kenseth6
2Jimmie Johnson47Kevin Harvick18
3Dale Earnhardt Jr268Aric Almirola20
4Joey Logano39Clint Bowyer12
5Marcos Ambrose1710Paul Menard21
2014 STP 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 72.176 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 38 mins., 38 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.263 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 14 for 92 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 33 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (99.674 mph)
Past STP 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2014 -- Kurt Busch (22) -- Chevrolet -- 72.176 mph
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)
2014 -- Kyle Busch -- 14
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 22)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, California
MILES: 418
LAPS: 209
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Paul Menard
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (finished 3)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 58 mins., 18 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 140.662 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.710 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 31 laps
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-5; K. Harvick 6-24; A. Bowman 25-25; M. Kenseth 26-31;
D. Hamlin 32-61; J. Gordon 62-62; D. Hamlin 63-88; M. Kenseth
89-94; K. Busch 95-99; M. Truex Jr 100-104; K. Busch 105-137; C.
Edwards 138-138; K. Busch 139-143; K. Harvick 144-154; M. Kenseth
155-185; K. Harvick 186-189; K. Busch 190-200; J. Gordon 201-202;
K. Busch 203-208; B. Keselowski 209-209.
STP 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Cheerios
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
9Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Medallion Bank
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/TaxAct
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Code 3 Assoc.
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fastenal
18David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Toyota/M&M's Crispy
19Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Toyota/Arris
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
25Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
26Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Maxim.com
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paints
30Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/CorvetteParts.net
33Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NMChevrolet/TBA
34Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/A&W All American Food
35Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Ford/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
41 *Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/STP
44To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
46Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Fraternal Order Eagles
55Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Diabetic Supplies Plan
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200620072008200920102011201220132014
Kurt Busch1112331823163337Won
Jimmie Johnson3Won4Won91112Won2
Dale Earnhardt Jr.45681523243
Joey Logano---------3221323234
Matt Kenseth241030231864146
Kevin Harvick741121135Won19137
Clint Bowyer2211105791029
Jeff Gordon22243514312
Carl Edwards1617926818111513
Tony StewartWon753263471717
Greg Biffle31322028102113918
Denny Hamlin373Won2Won126---19
Ryan Newman1814196420Won3120
Martin Truex Jr.1929212954054021
Kasey Kahne35251719173938422
Kyle Larson------------------------27
Brad Keselowski------------12199638
Jamie McMurray9981030720742
 
Mover of the Week
Justin Allgaier - started 31 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 31
 
NOTES:
The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the sixth race on the 2015 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 132 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. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with eight victories there.

Petty has more starts at Martinsville than any other driver with 67. Gordon's 44 starts there is tops among those drivers on the entry list for this race.

Hendrick Motorsports has the most car owner wins at this track with 22, 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 April 2013.

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 won at Martinsville for the second time in his career one year ago.

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 this track.

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 11 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano won last year's event there.

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