Martinsville Speedway Driver Handicaps
Jeff Gordon: Gordon has a remarkable seven race wins in 28 Cup starts here. 22 of those starts resulted in Top 10 finishes, and Gordon has Top 10s in the last eight Martinsville Cup races. Simply put, he's money in the bank there.
Jeff Burton: Burton won here, but that was way back in 1997 when I think the cars still had tailfins and whitewalls. Despite once having scored eight consecutive Top 10s at Martinsville, Burton's overall average finish has slipped to fifteenth, and he has just one Top 10 run in the last six Martinsville Cup races.
Jimmie Johnson: Johnson is on a roll here, with two wins and four Top 5s in the last five Martinsville Cup races, as well as nine consecutive Top 10s.
Matt Kenseth: Kenseth hasn't done well at Martinsville overall. His second place finish here in 2002 was his only Top 5 result in fourteen Cup starts, and his average finish here is a less than stellar seventeenth. It's been five races since Kenseth even managed a Top 10 here.
Kevin Harvick: Harvick is probably best remembered at Martinsville for having to sit out a Cup race due to a penalty for his inexcusable actions during the previous day's Truck event. He'd probably prefer you recall he had a pair of Top 10 finishes here last year and forget that his average finish here is still eighteenth.
Kyle Busch: Busch finished fifth in this race last year to post his second Top 10 finish in four starts.
Mark Martin: Not racing at Martinsville. So does that make it No-Martinsville?
Clint Bowyer: 22nd and 23rd here last year. Does consistency count for anything?
Denny Hamlin: Hamlin finished second at Martinsville last Fall, and has Top 10 results in two of his three Cup starts at this track.
Carl Edwards: Still looking for a Top 10 finish after five Cup starts.
David Stremme: Stremme blew a rear end in this race last year, and I think we all know how painful and foul that can be.
Tony Stewart: Stewart won this race last year to score his second Martinsville victory. Overall, he has nine Top 10 finishes in sixteen starts here and Top 5 results in each of the last three Martinsville Cup races.
Elliott Sadler: While Sadler may have the record for Martinsville hot dog consumption, he hasn't fared as well on the track. He has just three Top 10 finishes in sixteen starts here and an average finish of 23rd.
Bobby Labonte: Labonte won this race in 2002 and finished second in the next two spring races at Martinsville. He's also finished third and fourth in the last two Martinsville Fall races. Could be a good darkhorse pick.
J.J. Yeley: To be kind, Yeley struggled in both Martinsville races last year. It's likely to be another tough weekend shaping up for this young man.
Greg Biffle: Biffle has never cracked the top 15 here in a Cup car. ‘Nuff said.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: While he's struggled here at times, Earnhardt does have six Top 5 finishes in fourteen Cup starts here and he's led more than 100 laps in two of those races.
Jamie McMurray: McMurray was runner up here in 2004 and has Top 10 finishes in five of his eight Martinsville Cup starts.
Juan Pablo Montoya: What is the Spanish term for “likely to a be an entirely futile weekend?”
Kurt Busch: Busch won here in 2002, but that was one of just two Top 5 results he managed in thirteen starts. Overall, he has Top 10 finishes in four of those thirteen races and an average finishing position of twentieth at Martinsville.
Robby Gordon: In this track's fifty year history, there may never have been another driver who has managed to be quite as bad as Gordon here. His best finish in thirteen starts is twentieth, he's finished outside the Top 30 eight times, and his average finish here is 33rd. If Robby had a scrap of pride and dignity left, he'd stay home this weekend.
Ryan Newman: Newman broke a streak of five straight Top 10 finishes at Martinsville with a 13th and 18th place finish here last year. With track position being so vital at Martinsville, the fact Newman has never qualified worse than tenth here is a big advantage. (Oddly enough, he's started fourth in the last three Martinsville Cup races).
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