By the Numbers: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500by Kyle Pokrefky November 1, 2015 0 comments
The Chase continues to heat up as eight drivers head into the Eliminator Round’s kickoff at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.
The Sprint Cup Series’s fall visit to the half-mile paperclip in Virginia has had a knack for producing exciting finishes and plenty of drama in the past, and this year’s running should prove to be no different.
Before 500 laps of racing action gets underway, here is a peek at some statistical insights heading into the fourth-to-last race of the season.
3 – Eliminator Round drivers that are former Martinsville Speedway winners – Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon.
4 – Number of drivers in the Eliminator Round that have yet to score a DNF at Martinsville Speedway – Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.
5 – Number of races held at Martinsville Speedway that have been extended into ‘overtime’ since the implementation of the green-white-checkered rule.
6.9 – Average finish at Martinsville Speedway of Jeff Gordon, the lowest figure of all active drivers.
8 – Number of wins at Martinsville Speedway that both Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have. Both drivers are tied for being the winningest drivers in Martinsville history.
9.0 – Average starting position of the last 10 Martinsville Speedway winners.
13.6 – Average number of cautions in the last 10 races at Martinsville Speedway.
15 – Number of wins at Martinsville Speedway that Richard Petty has, making ‘The King’ the winningest driver ever in the history of the track.
21 – Record number of caution flags to be thrown during a single race at Martinsville Speedway, set in 2007.
22 – Number of Sprint Cup wins at Martinsville Speedway that Hendrick Motorsports has as an organization, making the four-car operation the winningest team of all-time at the track.
23.4 – Average number of lead changes in the last 10 races at Martinsville Speedway.
25 – Races held at Martinsville Speedway since Ford last won a race as a manufacturer – Kurt Busch, 2002.
33 – Record number of lead changes in a single race at Martinsville Speedway, set by Jimmie Johnson in 2013.
36 – Number of top-10s Jeff Gordon has had in his career at Martinsville Speedway, the most of all active drivers. If Gordon finishes in the top-10 on Sunday, he will tie Richard Petty for the most top-10s at the track at the Sprint Cup level.
119.1 – Driver rating of Jeff Gordon at Martinsville Speedway, the highest of all active Chase drivers.
119.4 – Driver rating of Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville Speedway, the highest of all active drivers.
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