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FEDEX RACING EXPRESS FACTS -- MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

Thursday October 25, 2012

 

RACE INFO:

Event: TUMS Fast Relief 500

Date/Time: Oct. 28/1:30 p.m. ET

2011 winner: Tony Stewart

2011 polesitter: Carl Edwards

Distance: 500 laps/263 miles

Track Length: 0.526-mile

Banking: 12 degrees

Track Shape:  Oval

 

EXPRESS NOTES:

Kansas Recap: Denny Hamlin drove the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota to a 13th-place finish Sunday at Kansas Speedway and continues to hold third place in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup points standings with four races remaining. Sunday’s event saw a season-high 14 caution flags in the first competition on the new asphalt. A solid qualifying run put the FedEx car ninth on the grid to start the day. Adjusting to the new surface under racing conditions quickly proved to give many teams difficulty. The FedEx crew fought for most of the day to make adjustments and improve the car’s handling. The fortunes for the team turned around when crew chief Darian Grubb seized an opportunity to get back into the race. Under the eighth caution period, Grubb kept the car on the track as many of the leaders decided to pit on lap 155. The move catapulted the FedEx team to second place, just behind the No. 55 of Mark Martin. On lap 208, Hamlin’s fuel window was closing in and the team was forced to pit again under green flag racing. After receiving four tires and fuel, the FedEx machine was back on the track in 25th place. Unfortunately for the team, a caution shortly after provided the leaders a chance to refuel and negated any fuel window strategy.

 

Martinsville Preview: The Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for Sunday’s 500-lap event on the half-mile ‘paper clip’ in southern Virginia. Undoubtedly one of Hamlin’s best tracks, the Virginia native owns four Cup Series victories in 14 career starts at Martinsville. His 113.4 driver rating at the track is third-best among active drivers, trailing only Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, and he holds an average finish of 6.4. Hamlin has led laps in 10 of 14 Martinsville starts, including each of the last seven races and 1,127 in his career. In the spring event at Martinsville, Hamlin started third and finished sixth, leading 31 laps in the race won by Ryan Newman. Hamlin’s first victory at Martinsville came in March 2008, followed by three-consecutive wins at the track in the fall event in 2009 and a season sweep in 2010. He has also captured two Martinsville poles.

 

Race                                                       Series                     Date                                        Start                        Finish                     Laps                       Led

Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500                  Sprint Cup               April 1, 2012                            3                              6                              515/515                   31

Tums Fast Relief 500                              Sprint Cup               Oct. 30, 2011                           11                            5                              500/500                   58

Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500                  Sprint Cup               April 3, 2011                            5                              12                            500/500                   89

Tums Fast Relief 500                              Sprint Cup               Oct. 24, 2010                           1                              1                              500/500                   40

Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500                  Sprint Cup               March 29, 2010                       19                            1                              508/508                  172

Tums Fast Relief 500                              Sprint Cup               Oct. 25, 2009                           17                            1                              501/501                   206

Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500                  Sprint Cup               March 29, 2009                       8                              2                              500/500                   296

Tums QuikPak 500                                  Sprint Cup               Oct. 19, 2008                           12                            5                              504/504

Goody's Cool Orange 500                       Sprint Cup               March 30, 2008                       2                              1                              500/500                   82

Subway 500                                            Nextel Cup              Oct. 21, 2007                           30                            6                              506/506

Goody’s 500                                            Nextel Cup              April 1, 2007                            1                              3                              500/500                   125

Subway 500                                            Nextel Cup              Oct. 22, 2006                           3                              2                              500/500                   28

DirecTV 500                                            Nextel Cup              April 3, 2006                            41                            37                            307/500

Subway 500                                           Nextel Cup              Oct. 23, 2005                           5                              8                              500/500                                  

Averages/Totals                                                                                                                    11.3                         6.4                           97.3%                      1,127

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway: 3731 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 282-5650

 

Madison District Along for the Ride at Martinsville: The Madison, Wis., FedEx Express ramp, covering delivery and pickup operations in the Madison and Janesville areas on south-central Wisconsin, will be recognized with its “MSNA” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

 

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Martinsville Speedway:

Can you contend for the victory this weekend at Martinsville?

“This year -- the spring race is the one race where we did just not run well.  We had some setup issues that we found in the car afterwards, after the race was over -- some mistakes that we made with our setup.  Basically, putting the wrong pieces in the wrong places.  So, that is hopefully why we ran so bad in the spring where we finished decent but not great.  And so hopefully that’s rectified.  Honestly, we look forward to going back.  Especially, as good as our short track program’s been here in the last few races -- between New Hampshire and Richmond -- that don’t necessarily correlate, but still it drives like a short track.”

 

          2012 FEDEX RACING TEAM – SEASON RESULTS

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

START

FINISH

LAPS

STATUS

WINNINGS

LED

PTS

TREND

    Feb. 27

Daytona 500

Daytona

31

4

   202/202

   Running

$702,091

57

4th

March 4

Subway Fresh Fit 500

Phoenix

13

1

312/312

Running

$238,016

61

1st

March 11

Kobalt Tools 400

Las Vegas

17

20

267/267

Running

$140,321

 

3rd

March 18

Food City 500

Bristol

20

20

498/500

Running

$132,901

 

5th

March 25

Auto Club 500

California

1

11

129/129

Running

$149,771

2

7th

April 1

Goody’s Fast Relief 500

Martinsville

3

6

515/515

Running

$128,101

31

7th

April 14

Samsung Mobile 500

Texas

13

12

334/334

Running

$166,221

 

6th

April 22

STP 400

Kansas

4

1

267/267

Running

$248,691

32

5th

April 28

Capital City 400

Richmond

7

4

400/400

Running

$152,801

 

3rd

May 6

Aaron’s 499

Talladega

22

23

192/194

Running

$132,771

8

4th

May 12

Bojangles’ Southern 500

Darlington

8

2

368/368

Running

$238,656

56

4th

May 28

Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte

8

2

400/400

Running

$284.831

13

3rd

June 3

FedEx 400

Dover

10

18

400/400

Running

$133,121

2

4th

June 10

Pocono 400

Pocono

10

5

160/160

Running

$143,676

21

4th

June 17

Quicken Loans 400

Michigan

11

34

132/200

Accident

$120,451

 

5th

June 24

Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sonoma

16

35

98/112

Suspension

$121,591

 

8th

June 30

Quaker State 400

Kentucky

3

3

267/267

Running

$164,776

58

5th

July 7

Coke Zero 400

Daytona

23

25

156/160

Running

$136,971

 

7th

July 15

Lenox Tools 301

New Hampshire

3

2

301/301

Running

$228,751

150

5th

July 29

Brickyard 400

Indianapolis

1

6

160/160

Running

$250,091

27

5th

Aug. 5

Pennsylvania 400

Pocono

2

29

90/98

Accident

$113,901

3

8th

Aug. 12

Finger Lakes 355

Watkins Glen

23

34

57/90

Engine

$110,501

 

10th

Aug. 19

Pure Michigan 400

Michigan

21

11

201/201

Running

$127,001

1

10th

Aug. 25

Irwin Tools Night Race

Bristol

8

1

500/500

Running

$329,441

70

8th

Sept. 2

AdvoCare 500

Atlanta

7

1

327/327

Running

$355,716

105

7th

Sept. 9

Federated Auto Parts 400

Richmond

7

18

399/400

Running

$122,951

202

1st

2012 CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP

Sept. 16

Geico 400

Chicagoland

8

16

267/267

Running

$138,496

1

4th

Sept. 23

Sylvania 300

New Hampshire

32

1

300/300

Running

$273,166

193

3rd

Sept. 30

AAA 400

Dover

1

8

399/400

Running

$136,901

39

3rd

Oct. 7

Good Sam 500

Talladega

23

14

189/189

Running

$124,801

 

3rd

Oct. 13

Bank of America 500

Charlotte

9

2

334/334

Running

$220,426

36

3rd

Oct. 21

Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas

9

13

267/267

Running

$139,471

 

3rd

Averages/Totals

11.5

11.9

98.4%

 

$6,207,372

1,168

 

 

 

 
 

            2012 FEDEX RACING – TEAM ROSTER

Crew Chief:  Darian Grubb – Floyd, Va.                                            Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise – Gulfport, Miss.

Car Chief: Chris “Spider” Gillin – Smithtown, N.Y.                              Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram – Statesville, N.C.

Engineer: Mike Wheeler – Southholt, N.Y.                                         Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks – Salisbury, N.C.

Engineer: Ross Kippenbrock – Indianapolis, Ind.                               Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry – Belmont, N.C.

Shocks: Drew Bible – Coldwater, Mich.                                             Jackman: Nate Bolling – Swanton, Ohio

Tire Specialist: Kerry Ferris – Perry, N.Y.                                        Gas Man: Scott Wood – Liberty, S.C.

Mechanic: Nick Fuller – Casa Grande, Ariz.                                      Pit Crew Coordinator:  Paul Alepa – Vienna, Va.

Mechanic: John Furino – Long Island, N.Y.                                       JGR Athletic Director: Michael Lepp – Charlotte, N.C.

Spotter: Chris Lambert – Kannapolis, N.C.                                       Hauler Driver: Jerry Hess – Lancaster, Pa.

                                                                                                            Hauler Driver: Frank Hodel – Blythe, Calif. 

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