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Downs Ford returns as Wall Mod. Series Sponsor
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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Downs Ford will return as the Modified stock car division’s series sponsor at Wall Stadium Speedway for the 2015 season. Located on Route 37 in nearby Toms River, N.J. the dealership not only offers new Ford trucks and cars and quality pre-owned vehicles but is also New Jersey’s largest Ford Motorsports distributor.


            “Frank Delia and Brian Worth have become very familiar faces here at the speedway,” office administrator Diane Krause said. “They have been very hands on with their sponsorship of the Modifieds and a real pleasure to deal with. They added a lot of excitement here last year and they have some exciting plans for the new season.”


            Delia mentioned a few plans.


            “We will be involved right here at the track often like we were last season,” Delia said. “The racing people at Wall are great and that makes this entire deal work. We have some plans which include a Proud to be American night on May 20 when we plan to invite some firefighters to be honored and have a fun night at the track.”


            Downs Ford also sponsors the No. 14 Modified of Eric Mauriello and the No. 11 Sportsman car of Kenny Van Wickle.


            Although additional division sponsorships will be announced soon sponsorships for some divisional series are available.


The 2015 weekly Saturday night campaign gets the green flag on April 25 but racers in all divisions will have the opportunity to test out their new and rebuilt equipment on the two Saturdays (April 11 and 18) leading up to the opener from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. both days. In addition the pit area be open for tire purchases and technical inspection on April 4.


            Big paying spotlight races for the Modifieds are the Garden State Classic 100-lapper paying $4000 to win on June 20, the 125-lap Summer Scorcher offering $5000 for the win on August 1 and the High Bank Hundred paying $5000 to the winner on August 22. In addition all of the speedway’s divisions will be in for a challenge as the track has plans for a “Triple Crown Challenge” during the season. Details will be announced soon.


            In honor of the 65th anniversary season Krause is asking all feature winners in the history of Wall Stadium to contact the speedway office so that they can be honored during the season.


            The complete schedule is available at as are the rules and regulations for all divisions.


In addition to the regular weekday hours, the speedway office will be open on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for competitor and pit crew licenses and pit area parking spot reservations. All necessary forms are available on the speedway website.


            Current plans call for Saturday evening stock car racing events to run until the end of September. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.


More information on Wall Stadium and the 2015 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is

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I don’t doubt for a second that some of the debris calls are a little exaggerated. The caution that made me angry was the caution that set up the initial green-white-checkered, where apparently 43 of the world’s greatest drivers couldn’t avoid something that looked to be a soda can or something similar to it for two laps.

On the Edge with Ed – Fontana Edition

Kurt Busch. Much has been said about the 2004 champion in this early season but after being back from his suspension Busch has been all business. His first week back in his car Busch finished fifth at Phoenix. Although behind teammate Kevin Harvick, who won the race, Busch was pretty happy.

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Bottom Line: Martinsville

Winning at Martinsville is one of the toughest tasks in NASCAR, but the reward -- the grandfather clock trophy -- is a career highlight. Ricky Craven owns one, so he knows the keys to winning. The Bottom Line

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NASCAR has been confiscating tires for further inspection the past two weekends, and while nothing has been found amiss, rumors are flying in the Sprint Cup garage. Bob Pockrass JJ feeling goodVideo 

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Wiener war: What's the verdict on new Martinsville hot dog?

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Paige Decker Plans Truck Debut at Martinsville

Super Late Model driver Paige Decker has acquired the necessary funding in order to attempt her Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.  She will drive the No. 74 Chevrolet for Mike Harmon Racing.  Read more

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Considering Hotel for Turn 2?

The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is considering the construction of a hotel outside of turn 2 of the 2.5 mile oval.  Read more

Frontstretch Folio: STP 500
by Phil Allaway

The Sprint Cup Series rolls into Martinsville Speedway this weekend for a classic rough and tumble battle. Television coverage of the STP 500 begins with NASCAR RaceDay at 11:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.  The show will flow directly into FOX NASCAR Sunday since Sunday's race will be the first points race to air on FOX Sports 1; the race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate and SiriusXM channel 90. Drivers will compete for 500 laps (263 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and Facts

Kurt Busch is the defending champion of the STP 500.  He rebounded from an early collision on pit road under caution with Brad Keselowski to take the lead away from Jimmie Johnson with 11 laps to go to give Stewart-Haas Racing's fourth team their first and only victory.

Joey Logano set the track record during the first round of group qualifying for last year's STP 500.  Logano's lap of 100.201 mph was good enough to top the charts in the first round of qualifying.  Logano eventually qualified third in the final round, then finished fourth in the race.

Track Facts

Track / Race Length: 0.526-mile paper clip-shaped oval; 500 laps (263 miles)
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Degree of Banking: 12 degrees
Frontstretch: 800 ft., no banking
Backstretch: 800 ft., no banking
Grandstand Seating: 55,000

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, March 20, 12 - 1:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Saturday, March 21, 10 - 10:55 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Saturday, March 21, 1 - 1:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Qualifying: Friday, March 20 at 4:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy
High: 56
Low: 24

Best Bets: Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR)
No. 48-Jimmie Johnson............................122.5
No. 24-Jeff Gordon.......................
No. 11-Denny Hamlin.......................
No. 88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr........................
No. 14-Tony Stewart........................
No. 15-Clint Bowyer.......................
No. 4-Kevin Harvick........................
No. 31-Ryan Newman........................
No. 22-Joey Logano...................................85.1

No. 1-Jamie McMurray...............................85.1


Editor's Note: Kyle Busch was sixth on this list with a driver rating of 96.2.

They Said It:

Certainly, Martinsville is a track that we circle on our calendars each year as a race we feel we can win at. It’s a track that really adapted to my style early on in my career, and we have run up front and led a lot of laps there. We haven’t had the finishes we expect at Martinsville the last few races there, but I think we’ll come with a strong FedEx Express Camry that hopefully we can get up to the front and battle for the win." - Denny Hamlin

"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

"Martinsville is a lot like the short tracks that we grew up racing on. It's good old-fashioned short-track racing. Your emotions go through a roller-coast ride there. You're constantly getting run into or you're running into somebody. You've just got to control those emotions for four hours and 500 laps. It's tough. Whoever can do that the best comes out on top.

"Wow, 300 Cup starts for me this weekend. It sure doesn't seem like I've had 300 starts. It's gone by fast. But I'm proud of that, and proud of being here for that long. That makes it a special weekend. I'm glad Love's Travel Stops is on our car to help mark the milestone. The last couple races we've run at Martinsville have been our best races at that track. So, hopefully that trend continues this week." - David Gilliland

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FedEx Racing Express Facts – Martinsville Speedway

“Certainly, Martinsville is a track that we circle on our calendars each year as a race we feel we can win at. It’s a track that really adapted to my style early on in my career, and we have run up front and led a lot of laps there.

Korbin Forrister and Tilted Kilt Set for Martinsville

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Memories of Earl Baltes
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by John Potts

I spent a lot of time this week thinking about Earl Baltes…

As just about everyone in the motorsports world knows by know, the man considered to be one of the greatest short track promoters in our sport passed away at the age of 93.

I first had contact with him when I flagged a 500-lap ARCA race at Eldora (honest!). Seems the Dayton 500 had been “transplanted” to the dirt for that particular year.
Had a hard time walking up the bank to get to the flagstand because it was so wet and slick, but after a few laps of dodgem car type racing with full-size stock cars, it worked.

The track got black and hard. I was told by several people that this wasn’t the way it usually was for short races, but Earl knew this wasn’t his usual type of race, and he knew what he was doing, as usual. The ARCA cars were on pavement tires, and after those first few laps they worked perfectly. As I recall, Les Snow won it.

After that marathon was over, Earl came up to me and said anytime I wanted to flag for him, I’d be welcome. He called a couple of times. I flagged a sprint car race (first one I’d ever done on a half-mile) at Dayton when he was leasing that place, and I did several local races at Dayton for him.

I really had only two real run-ins with him. Once while he was leasing Salem, my wife handled the phones for him in the office, and he got kind of testy with her. I objected, and we had it out (verbally). She didn't work for him anymore, and the incident was never mentioned again.

The second time came when we had an ARCA 500-lapper at Salem and were qualifying on Saturday.

A team that had come in late was trying to qualify right at cut-off time for the first session. I gave them an extra practice lap before throwing the green. I was working from the track (it was a long day) and Earl was standing down there near me.

When I held up one finger to indicate one more before green, he blew up, asking what I was doing. I told him. He said, "I'll tell you when to throw the flag!"

I knew he had a lot on his mind, with a BIG race coming up the next day and maybe 40 people in the grandstands for that qualifying day, but felt I had to draw a line. After I got the car qualified, I went over and told him, "There are the flags. You're welcome to use them the rest of the day, but tomorrow you need to get your own set or bring in another man."

He looked frustrated, and I saw him walk over to John Marcum.

John later told me Earl asked what he was going to do, and he told him, "You have two choices. Finish the day yourself and find another flagman tomorrow, or apologize to him and let him do his job. I use him quite a bit, and he's never disappointed me. My deal with him is that when the cars are on the track, he's in charge."

Earl came over and apologized, and I continued to work for him. At one local show at Dayton, he introduced me at the drivers' meeting and said, "We've got a pretty damn good flagman here. He won't even take any #$%@ off of me."

At RPM meetings and other gatherings where we crossed paths, he never failed to come over and ask if I was ready to work for him again. Even when I was with IRP for 15 years, he’d say, “You must be pretty good at that PR stuff too, for Bob Daniels to hire you.”

As an aside, John Marcum was fibbing just a little. We did have one small disagreement at Salem one day. Somebody jumped the start on a heat race, and I refused the start. John came out on the track and yelled up, "What was wrong with that?" My reply was "I didn't like it!" He laughed and walked off. All this was in front of the crowd.

I’ve told the story before about the time at Salem when Frank Canale told me not to go yellow after a spin on the backstretch when I couldn't see where the car was because the tower was in the way, and another car later spun into it. Both Frank and John apologized for that one, and John emphasized, "He's in charge when the cars are running."

Sadly, it's not that way anymore. I can understand the tower making calls on really big speedways, but you don't have time on short tracks to make decisions by committee.  My son quit a flagging job because he didn't want to be a robot flagwaver.

Earl pretty much gave me the leeway to make decisions on the flagstand, and we got along fine. On some matters which didn’t particularly apply to flagging the race, he’d ask my opinion, which I considered a compliment.

When he first leased Salem, I was working at the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, and when hearing about it Milt Hartlauf said, “He does things his way, but you can’t argue with success. And there’s no doubt this man has been successful.”
I’ll admit he also taught me a bit about promotion. Like don’t ever admit you’re having a good day.

One of his favorite sayings, which has been quoted many times this week, was, “If I could have just sold one more hot dog, we might have broken even.” This was usually said while looking at a full grandstand.

There are few promoters who were more respected by the competitors, fans, and his peers. I was fortunate to have worked for some of those – like Hartlauf, Daniels, Marcum, Rex Robbins, Bob Harmon, Bob Hall, and a couple more.

The guy did OK for a former musician who saw a race, and decided to carve a race track on some property he owned near the Indiana-Ohio border.

Sorry to ramble, but Earl's passing brought back all these memories and more.

Tony Stewart, since purchasing Eldora Speedway, has continued the traditions there, and I’m going to assume there will be an Earl Baltes Memorial event inaugurated in the near future.

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Auto Club 400: American Idol Finalists: National Anthem & Grand Marshals

The Top 11 finalists from AMERICAN IDOL XIV will sing the National Anthem and serve as Grand Marshals prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 22. The race will be broadcast at Noon (PT) on FOX.


Brett Moffitt will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Nick Ledson Set to Chase Third Ontario Legends Series Championship

Last season, Nick Ledson didn't start off the year the way he wanted, highlighted by a black flag at Sunset Speedway. From there on, Ledson dominated, winning the rest of the events on the schedule to enter the final night tied for the points lead. He would then have another great night, giving him his second career Ontario Legend Series Championship.

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Swarm of bees invades Derrike Cope's trailer in Fontana

Michael Waltrip Racing expects Brian Vickers to return from latest medical setback

Is Kevin Harvick virtually unbeatable at Auto Club Speedway?

Which March Madness team is most like your favorite NASCAR driver?


Ridiculous predictions for Auto Club Speedway

Bowman on Danica: 'I guess I ruined her day'

Practice crash sends Edwards to backup car

Kurt Busch tops opening Auto Club practice

Vickers sidelined due to recurrence of blood clots

Chris Buescher to make Sprint Cup debut at Fontana

Harvick sets pace in first XFINITY practice

Gordon on 'American Idol', more tweets of the week

Car design contest helps kids with diabetes

Hamlin ready to shake California calamities

NASCAR Illustrated: Was Gordon NASCAR's Laettner?


Slump Busting

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 Talladega Superspeedway to Add Additional SAFER Barriers

Talladega Superspeedway announced on Thursday that they will be adding new SAFER Barriers to the inside of turns 1 and 3, along with the entrance to pit road prior to the GEICO 500 weekend at the beginning of May.  Read more

Frontstretch Folio: Auto Club 400
by Rick Lunkenheimer

The Sprint Cup Series rolls into Auto Club Speedway this weekend for the last race of the west coast swing. Television coverage of the Auto Club 400 begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX; the race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate and SiriusXM channel 90. Drivers will compete for 200 laps (400 miles) en route to the checkered flag.

Records and Facts

Kyle Busch is the defending race winner at Auto Club Speedway. After starting 14th, Busch led just five laps en route to a 0.214 second victory over Kyle Larson. Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart rounded out the top 5.

Kyle Busch also holds the track qualifying record at Auto Club Speedway. He put down a lap at 188.425 mph for the 2005 Auto Club 500. He failed to lead a lap and finished 23rd, one lap down to eventual winner Greg Biffle.

Track Facts

Track / Race Length: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval; 400 miles (200 laps)
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Degree of Banking: 14 degrees
Frontstretch: 3,100 ft., 11 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 2,500 ft., 3 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 84,000

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, March 20, 3 - 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Saturday, March 21, 11 - 12:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Happy Hour: Saturday, March 21, 2:30 - 3:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Qualifying: Friday, March 20 at 7:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Partly Cloudy
High: 80
Low: 53

Best Bets: Top 10 Driver Ratings at Auto Club Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR)
No. 48-Jimmie Johnson............................120.1
No. 20-Matt Kenseth............................106.2
No. 14-Tony Stewart............................100.7
No. 99-Carl Edwards............................97.8
No. 24-Jeff Gordon............................97.3
No. 4-Kevin Harvick............................94.7
No. 16-Greg Biffle............................93.7
No. 15-Clint Bowyer............................92.1
No. 5-Kasey Kahne............................91.5

(Author's Note: Kyle Busch was second on this list with a driver rating of 110.0)

They Said It:

“California is a pretty straightforward race track that doesn’t have a lot of grip. It’s got a few bumps here and there and it’s important to dodge the seams. So you kind of know going into it what you need to be a contender at California. I enjoy it. It’s a neat racetrack and there’s certainly no race track similar to it on our circuit since they’ve repaved Michigan. You’ve got some bugs to work out there on Friday and Saturday, but it’s a fun place to race.” - David Ragan

“It should be a fun race. To be good there though you have to be able to roll into the corner and drive through it right up against the wall. There’s always some good three-wide racing and last year we had our PEAK Toyota in position in the closing laps –like nearly won the darn thing but just had a tire go down with a lap to go. Excited to go back though and see if we can close the deal this time.” - Clint Bowyer

“I really like this place. There are plenty of drivable grooves, lots of racing room. And with the way restarts play out, if you’re on the lead lap and catch a late restart, you’ve got a shot to make up a lot of ground.” - Michael Annett

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With bad boy Kurt Busch apparently heading to victory, how fortuitous that a caution was called to open up an opportunity to alter the outcome of the race at Fontana. That should be easily enough addressed, one would think. Show us the debris, and it better be something more substantial than a hot dog wrapper.

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NASCAR announced on Tuesday that Round No. 1 of group qualifying in all three National series at short tracks and intermediates will be lengthened from 1t5 to 20 minutes, effective immediately.  However, The Charlotte Observer's Jim Utter is also reporting that there could be a more fundamental change to qualifying at Talladega in May.  Read more

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Turning a New Leaf in Virginia
Professor of Speed

by Dr. Mark Howell

Now that NASCAR’s foray to the frontier is finished, the racing community can set its sights on another exciting venture….

It’s time for Brian France’s Traveling Circus to pitch its tent at Martinsville.

The .526-mile paved paper clip just might be the tonic NASCAR Nation needs after three events west of the Mississippi. While Kevin Harvick continues his assault on Richard Petty’s record of eleven-consecutive top-two finishes, maybe it’s a good time to make the move to a short track.

One difference between next weekend at Martinsville and last weekend at Fontana: at least Martinsville is small enough for everyone to see what track conditions are like. There’s no place for debris to hide when everyone’s nearly sitting on top of all the action.

And Martinsville has been part of the action since NASCAR’s early days. The track is firmly entrenched in the history of the sport: a reminder of stock car racing before the influx of national television coverage, major corporate sponsors, and the buzz of social media.

Red Byron may not have been on Twitter, but he likely had fans commenting after his Sprint Cup win at Martinsville in the fall of 1949. 131 Cup events later, the allure of this little speedway remains strong.

Perhaps Martinsville is the appropriate place to knock the “Harvick Express” off its tracks. Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest Sprint Cup operation in the track’s history with 22 victories. Eight of those were earned by Jimmie Johnson alone. Junior won the most recent race at Martinsville last October, so might this be an event where lurking around the top-ten one week means having yet another grandfather clock shipped to Hendrick headquarters the next?

Not if Kevin Harvick has anything to say about it.

Harvick is closing in on the NASCAR record for consecutive top-two finishes, a mark set by Richard Petty forty years ago. If one driver has written the annals of Martinsville, it’s “King Richard”.

Petty currently holds several records at the track, including most races (67), most wins (15), most top-fives (30), and most top-tens (37). If Jeff Gordon can get his farewell season turned around, he may set a new mark for laps led in Cup races at Martinsville (he’s eleven shy of Cale Yarborough’s record). Gordon also has a shot at tying Petty for top-fives and top-tens, and breaking Darrell Waltrip’s record (eight) for most poles.

No wonder Martinsville seem like a good place to shift the fortunes of the 2015 Sprint Cup season….

Not that this weekend’s STP 500 is a Hendrick slam dunk. Penske Racing has enjoyed success at the track (six wins), with both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano having decent performances despite zero victories (yet) over the years. Likewise, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing have both scored seven wins at Martinsville, so to give Sunday’s trophy outright to either Stewart-Haas Racing or HMS is reactionary, at best.

Much of the uncertainty about Martinsville stems from the rules changes we’ve embraced/cursed thus far in 2015. While many in NASCAR Nation say the racing has improved, many others grumble about the lack of disparity in race results. If the names near the front rarely change, does that mean a better product?

I guess it all depends on who your favorite driver is….

Granted, all of the above can be moot once NASCAR hits the hectic half-mile that is Martinsville. The spring race there brings with it all sorts of variables (changing weather conditions, unstable temperatures, the new rules package, added concerns over when/if to throw a yellow flag).

Heck, even Martinsville’s legendary hot dog has changed over the past few weeks. Is nothing in our sport truly sacred?

To me, one thing is truly sacred: the edge-of-your-seat excitement of 43 cars running 500 laps at Martinsville Speedway. Races there can turn the tide of a team’s season, even if the NASCAR rulebook and the hot dogs have changed.

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Next Race: STP 500
The Place: Martinsville Speedway
The Date: Sunday, March 29
The Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 263 miles (500 laps)
Ho-Hum: Another Top-Two For Harvick
Does the lead for NASCAR’s News & Notes ever change?
Kevin Harvick has been THE story for weeks now, posting his eighth consecutive top-two finish with a runner-up showing at Auto Club.
The No. 4 Chevrolet driver now has two wins and three second-place performances this season and leads Joey Logano by 27 points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.
This Sunday, Harvick returns to the venue at which he last finished outside the top two – Martinsville Speedway – for the STP 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). (Kevin, if you’re reading, don’t watch this.) Harvick finished 33rd  at “The Paperclip” in last year’s opener of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Eliminator 8 Round. His lone top-two finish at Martinsville was a victory in spring of 2011.
“Happy” continues to chase Richard Petty’s record of 11 consecutive top-two finishes set in 1975.
“Bradical” Dude: Late Race Gamble Leads Keselowski To Victory
Running fifth with two laps left in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford team made the gutsy decision to take four fresh tires, moving Keselowski all the way back to 14th on the Lap 202 restart.
The decision paid off with a ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Keselowski engulfed the field like a wave, moving up to fifth for the next restart on Lap 207 and tracking down Kurt Busch on the 209th and final lap of the race – the only go-around Keselowski led all day – to take the victory. 
Keselowski, who paced the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six wins last season, will attempt to continue his momentum by taking the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway for the first time in his career. The 31-year-old claims one top five and five top-10 finishes in 10 starts at the .526-mile track.
Last weekend’s Auto Club race marked the second of Keselowski’s 17 career victories where he led just one lap. Ironically, the first came on Keselowski’s first career win, at Talladega Superspeedway (4/26/09). (Keselowski’s Talladega triumph entered’s March Madness tribute in the “Biggest NASCAR Upset” bracket as the sixth seed. Fans can vote on NASCAR’s biggest upset here.)
The points leader entering the 2014 Chase, Keselowski ranks fifth in the standings, trailing Kevin Harvick by 62 points.
Might As Well Call Martinsville “Hendrickville”
Hendrick Motorsports’ 22 wins at Martinsville Speedway not only rank first in track history, they mark the most victories by an owner at a specific track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series annals.
The organization goes for its 23rd triumph of “The Paperclip” this weekend with five race entries: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.
Martinsville mavens Johnson and Gordon will lead the way. Both rank first among active drivers with eight wins at the storied short track. The pair also claims the most runner-ups at Martinsville among active drivers – Gordon with five and Johnson with four.
Unsurprisingly, Johnson boasts the top driver rating in the series at Martinsville (122.5), while Gordon’s is second-best (119.8).
There’s No Place Like Home For Hamlin
Chesterfield, Virginia native Denny Hamlin heads to his home track at Martinsville, which may be just what the doctor ordered after his tough-luck outing at Auto Club.
The No. 11 FedEx Toyota driver owns four wins at Martinsville, his most at any track (he also has four at Pocono). In addition, he boasts nine top fives and 14 top 10s at the southern Virginia track. His driver rating (110.1), fastest laps run (612) and average running position (8.8) at Martinsville are all the third-best among active drivers.
Hamlin finished 28th at Auto Club, a showing not indicative of his performance that showed off serious speed. The Joe Gibbs Racing wheelman led a season-high 56 laps, looking like he could contend for the win before he was sent to the back after Lap 185 when his team drew a pit road penalty for an uncontrolled tire.
If Hamlin can park his car in Victory Lane, he will tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Weatherly for the most wins by a driver from Virginia with 25.
High Ratings: Dale Jr. Excels At NASCAR’s Oldest Track
Four drivers average a driver rating of more than 100 at Martinsville. The top three aren’t that big a surprise, considering they also reside atop the active Martinsville wins list – Jimmie Johnson (122.5), Jeff Gordon (119.8) and Denny Hamlin (110.1). The other highly rated driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won his first Martinsville race last October in the series’ most recent visit to the Virginia short track. Earnhardt’s driver rating of 101.2 makes Martinsville his best track in terms of the loop data statistic, and the only track at which he eclipses the 100 driver rating barrier. For the record: No. 2 on his list is Michigan at 98.0. Last on his list is Sonoma, at 72.1.
Tough Task: Chase Elliott Hopes To Buck “Debut Downer” Trend
Reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott starts his ‘Jeff Gordon Replacement’ march this Sunday at Martinsville, driving the No. 25 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. It’ll be the first of five races in 2015 before hopping in the No. 24 Chevrolet fulltime in 2016 (his other races this season are Richmond, Charlotte, Indianapolis and Darlington). And, if history is any indication, it’ll be a tough task. The last driver to score a top-10 finish in his first career start was Carl Edwards’ 10th-place finish at Michigan in 2004. Only three drivers have scored a top 10 in their debut since 1990: Edwards, Matt Kenseth (6th at Dover in 1998) and Kenny Irwin Jr. (8th at Richmond in 1997). The last driver to score a top five in his premier series debut: NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, who finished second at Atlanta in 1980. And one last note…to best his father – NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott – Chase will have to finish 32nd or better. Bill Elliott finished 33rd in his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut, at Rockingham in 1976.
Who’s The Boss: Jersey Native Martin Truex Jr. Looks To Continue Glory Days At Martinsville
Second generation NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. is proving he was born to run in 2015.
The South Jersey native who began his racing career not far from the streets of Philadelphia, is on fire after notching five straight top-10 finishes to start the season – tying his career-best streak set in 2012. He keeps on rising in the standings where he ranks third, five points behind Joey Logano and 33 behind defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick.
Despite starting outside the top 10 in three of the first five races, Truex has shown no surrender. At Auto Club Sunday, he proved if he should fall behind that he can make up his position by finishing eighth after descending to the back of the field multiple times.
Truex has high hopes for Martinsville where he can prove he’s tougher than the rest. He will attempt to pilot his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet to the promised land at the .526-mile track where he claims two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Kurt Busch Attempts Martinsville Repeat
After being suspended for the first three races of the season, Kurt Busch has collected a fifth and a third-place finish in his first two starts, respectively.
Busch looked like he was going to pull off the ‘perfect weekend’, leading qualifying, all practices and the race at Auto Club on Sunday, but was tracked down by Brad Keselowski on the final lap and finished third.
This weekend, Busch will attempt to defend his win in last year’s Martinsville spring race in the STP 500.  Busch claims two victories at Martinsville and his victory from the 36th position there in 2002 is the deepest in the field a race winner has ever started.
Busch’s recent success coincides with his crew chief switch to Tony Gibson for the November race at Texas Motor Speedway last season. In five races with Gibson, Busch claims two top fives, four top 10s, a 6.5 average finish and an average driver rating of 111.5. His driver rating ranks second over that span, and his average running position of 6.8 ranks third.
Super Subs: Buescher, Moffitt Making Most Of Fill-In Role
Unfortunately, Brian Vickers cannot race for the foreseeable future as he recovers from health issues related to blood clots.
Brett Moffitt, who piloted Vickers’ No. 55 Toyota to an eighth-place showing at Atlanta, subbed for him at Auto Club and placed 22nd. Since Moffitt moved into the No. 55 for Michael Waltrip Racing, Chris Buescher took over for him in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford at Auto Club, finishing 20th in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.
Moffitt and Buescher, both 22 years old, will pilot the same cars again in this weekend’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Neither driver has ever competed at Martinsville in any of NASCAR’s national series.
No. 11 Boasts Storied History at Martinsville
Denny Hamlin is a perennial contender at Martinsville, having earned four grandfather clocks in his young career. However, he is not the first driver to experience success in the No. 11 car at the 0.526-mile track.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough set the tone in the No. 11 at Martinsville, with four wins in 16 starts from 1973-80.  He finished in the top five an astounding 11 times during that eight-year stretch, including three runner-up finishes.  And when fellow Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip took over the Junior Johnson owned ride in 1980, the success continued.  Waltrip won four Martinsville races for Johnson, including a stretch of seven consecutive top-five finishes from 1981-84.
It’s not hard to imagine Johnson’s success as a driver helped contribute to his ownership triumphs.  Johnson won twice at the paperclip-shaped track and had eight finishes of third or better in 19 attempts.
Overall, the No. 11 has 15 Martinsville wins, including a sweep by Geoff Bodine in 1990.  Only the No. 43 car has visited Martinsville Victory Lane more. Richard Petty, the all-time Martinsville wins leader, had 15 victories at the track. John Andretti earned a Martinsville win for Petty Enterprises in 1999. 
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“This is a cool race track and we’ve come so close to getting that darned clock,” said Bowyer, referring to the traditional grandfather clock winner’s trophy. “I even brought my ratchet straps the last time. I was going to get it in my truck. This is a track we can win at. It’s needed for us, my race team and Toyota.”       

Truex Jr. Taking Hot Streak to NASCAR’s Puzzling Half-Mile

As Martin Truex Jr. heads to one of the more perplexing racetracks for this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the Furniture Row Racing driver can find solace with how his team has performed in the first five races compared to the same period last year.       

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Harvick finished second in the Auto Club 400, extending his amazing streak with his eighth consecutive top-2 finish. He continues to lead the Sprint Cup points standings, and holds a 28-point cushion over Joey Logano.

Buescher ‘ecstatic,’ Moffitt ‘feels pretty good’ and Ragan ‘a little frustrated’ after Fontana

“We completed the race, finished on the lead lap and got a top 20 out of it. I’m ecstatic about that. These guys did an awesome job today.”       

Hornish Hopes Historic Petty Past Leads to Success at Martinsville

Throughout the years, there hasn't been an organization that has dominated at Martinsville Speedway like the Pettys. From 1949-2008, Petty Enterprises accumulated 19 wins, 53 Top-Five and 75 Top-10 finishes in 158 starts. What's even more impressive? Richard Petty, himself, was accountable for 15 of the 19 wins during that time, the most wins of any driver at the track.       

Almirola Hopes to Continue His Career-Best Start to Season with Good Finish at Martinsville

Sitting 10th in points, Aric Almirola is off to his best career-start after five races. As the No. 43 team enters a track filled with Petty history, they will bring the historic STP paint scheme and hope to continue the success that Richard Petty tallied at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Petty earned the most clock trophies in the garage, and now, Almirola would like to win one of his own.

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Just When Thought You Could Take a Nap
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View

by S.D. Grady

Historically, Fontana has been known as something of a snoozefest. It got so bad, they dumped one of their two precious races in an attempt to make it look like fans were actually filling the stands. Really, nothing ever happened here! We were guaranteed seconds between the leader and the rest of the field. The super-wide surface does little to impress if you never see cars going side-by-side.

However, despite our long-lived ambivalent relationship with the two-mile track in the middle of the California desert, Sunday actually gave us a really entertaining race. What? Did the track pick up and move? Find a new configuration?

Nope, there was a perfect storm of racing and drama all mixed together. Remember when we were waiting for the season to start? It just did.

Kevin Harvick threatened to pull off a feat not seen since King Petty in his heyday, winning every race he attended for the past forever. Soiled Kurt Busch was given a car worthy of a champion, and he drove it like one. All the whispers of domestic violence were left on the sideline for the moment. The man who can drive like mad but can’t stay in a car long enough to prove it returned to his doctor’s office for yet more long-term treatment. You just want to cry for Mr. Vickers. The Gibbs crew figured out how to set-up their machines this week, with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin running quietly upfront for the first time in what seems like forever. Normally silent Greg Biffle admitted that the Roush crew is suffering a slow implosion, and proved it by causing a wadded up mess on a restart when he failed to take tires and yet again on the last lap—feeding the conspiracy theorists. Meanwhile, the Hendrick Horsemen never really challenged for the win, which is beginning to be something to comment on. Why is it that their clones at SHR are having a much better time at the track? Even Tony had his moments of brilliance, finishing in the top half of the field for a change. Even the pair of Penske machines continued to dazzle, despite when it looks like they can’t change tires without garnering penalties.

How is it we went from a dearth of stuff to talk about to this wide selection, and so quickly? Well, it might have something to do with that California sunshine. Life is never interesting when you want it to be. We expected California to be fast, but yet somewhat benign. Not 180 mph, three and four wide, rim-riding, bumpy thrills and spills. Heck, we even had a gas-mileage challenge threaten to end the day.

Thanks goodness for Lady Luck and Miss Fortune.

I realize that when they repave the now aged surface, we’ll likely return to the days of yore. However, until that time we can enjoy the shreds of excitement we were offered up this past weekend. Will we ever have as much to gossip about as the cars tick down the laps? You’ll have to check with the two ladies above.

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2003 Subway 500

What a way to bookend the season. Jeff Gordon took the pole at Martinsville in both the Spring and Fall at the paperclip in 2003. Then he decided to pretty much dominate both races, adding a couple grandfather clocks to his already crowded halls. On such a small track, a dominant performance might only be marked by laps led, not by seconds. However, in the Subway 500 during the long green run to the finish, his teammate Jimmie Johnson never managed to stay within a second of the No. 24 for more than a lap or two. Considering up to this point in Gordon’s year he had led a grand total of 1500 laps, the fact that nearly 500 of them were collected in the hills of Virginia is remarkable.

Enjoy the YouTube clip, with Bestwick, Benny and yes, even Wally Dallenbach, Jr. calling the somewhat sedate race.


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The Final Word – If Fontana were a Hollywood movie, we would have wanted our money back

Imagine watching the final confrontation of Lord of the Rings. We have Sam somewhere out on the mountain, as Frodo and Smeagol battle for the ring on the edge of the volcano. Then, out of nowhere, Barliman Butterbur, the owner of the Prancing Pony bar, jumps in to steal the ring from them both, leaps onto the back of Bill the horse, and disappears into the sunset. You are left wondering just what in hell just happened. Fontana was just like that.       

Richard Petty Motorsports Off to Best Start in Five Years. Almirola in Top 10 After West Coast Swing

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) completed their three-race West Coast swing Sunday afternoon at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. After an 11th-place finish, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team are now 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points after the first five races.       

NASCAR fans most brand loyal among all American sports fans

NASCAR fans continue to demonstrate the greatest loyalty toward a sponsor’s brand among all sports fans in the U.S., according to SponsorLink research released today by Repucom. Seven out of 10 NASCAR fans said they are loyal to a sponsor’s brand when the brand supports their sport, which is nearly 20% higher than a typical sports fan.

United States Army Herald Trumpet Band to Perform Anthem Before STP 500

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Erica Thiering Set for Full Canadian Tire Series Schedule

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Chasing the Chase: Harvick Continues to Expand His Lead
by Phil Allaway

Kevin Harvick was once again in contention right to the very end to pick up yet another win.  When teammate Kurt Busch brushed the wall on the final lap, Harvick was able to slip by and earn another second-place finish.  That was enough to expand his points lead to a hearty 28 over Joey Logano, a fairly big advantage for being only five races into the season.  

Martin Truex, Jr. feared at one point that his Furniture Row Chevrolet was down on power.  However, that was not the case.  Truex overcame an issue on pit road to finish eighth and keep third in points.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moved up two places to fourth after finishing sixth on Sunday.  Race winner Brad Keselowski is one point behind Earnhardt Jr., having moved up four places by virtue of the win.  Much like last year during the Chase, Ryan Newman is using consistency to keep himself up in the standings.  Sunday's fifth-place finish moved Newman up two places to sixth.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne are tied for seventh in points, but they're going different directions at the moment.  Johnson had a decent day, keeping himself in contention for most of the race before winding up ninth.  Kahne was never in the hunt all day and finished 17th, dropping from fourth into that tie for seventh.  Paul Menard had his best run of 2015 so far on Sunday, finishing in fourth.  That was good enough to move Menard up two places to ninth.  Aric Almirola's quiet 11th-place finish was enough to move him into the final spot inside the top 10.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Kevin Harvick 225, 2) Joey Logano -28, 3) Martin Truex, Jr. -33, 4) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -61, 5) Brad Keselowski -62, 6) Ryan Newman -63, t-7) Jimmie Johnson -66, t-7) Kasey Kahne -66, 9) Paul Menard -73, 10) Aric Almirola -87, 11) AJ Allmendinger -88, 12) Casey Mears -93, 13) Matt Kenseth -98, 14) Denny Hamlin -100, 15) David Ragan -101, t-16) Jamie McMurray -105, t-16) Carl Edwards -105 .

Race Winners: Joey Logano (Daytona), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta), Kevin Harvick (Las Vegas, Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Fontana)

Letter of the Race: Sunday's Auto Club 400 was brought to you by the letter "M," for Mystery.  Both races at Auto Club Speedway were marked by debris cautions that came out of nowhere, especially during the Sprint Cup event.  - Phil Allaway   

Quotes to Remember: Auto Club 400
compiled by Phil Allaway

"It was really an up and down day, for sure, but as a team Paul and the guys on pit road kept fighting.  At the end, we caught some breaks and made the most of the breaks we caught, and that was kind of the story of our race.  It looked like we were probably gonna finish sixth or seventh there and then that yellow came out.  We came in and pitted and drove up a little bit.  And then caught another yellow and thought, ‘Now what do we do?’  So Paul made the call to come down pit road and put four tires on and when he said that, I said, ‘This could either go really good or really bad.’  I didn’t know which one it was gonna be.  Some guys stayed out.  Some guys took two tires and all kinds of different strategies and on the restart, we were able to find our way through the lanes and get to the front there and somehow end up in victory lane leading the last lap.  That’s kind of a race car driver’s dream and this is one we’re gonna sit back and go ‘wow’ for a while on." - Brad Keselowski, race winner

"It was a fantastic day.  The Haas Automation Chevy was fast.  Thanks to Monster Energy, Mobil 1, State Water Heaters, all our great sponsors.  It was a solid day.  I don’t know what we could have done different.  We just got pinned in by the yellows and the sequence at the end on which tires we needed to have to optimize how many laps were left.  We had two tires; (Brad) Keselowski had four.  We didn’t need that extra yellow at the end and I just got outmuscled by Keselowski." - Kurt Busch, finished third

"It’s a fun track.  It is worn out obviously, slipping and sliding, but it’s got a lot of grip on new tires and then it goes away.  Justin (Alexander, crew chief) and James (Small, engineer) and all the guys made some good adjustments last night and then again today throughout the race to try and chase that.  The car changes so much from the beginning of a run to the end.  We were actually pretty decent on restarts and then it would kind of go away and then come back toward the end of a run.  An overall good day for the FVP/Menards Chevy." - Paul Menard, finished fourth

"We were OK.  We got ourselves up to third and it felt like we were pretty good.  We were every bit as good as the 20 if we could ever get out front, but we just made a mistake on pit road.  I don’t even know what happened yet, so I just know it was a tire violation of some sort, and we weren’t able to recover in time.  You get that with the last pit stop and we had a couple cautions to help us try to gain those spots back, but we just didn’t get back there in time.  I’m interested to see how Brad did it.  He had four tires there, I think.  That was a good call on Paul’s part to make that happen." - Joey Logano, finished seventh

"We were way off after  Saturday’s final practice but came out today and did what we needed to do. I am proud of the guys for going to work last night and not being afraid to take a big swing at the setup. To go out there and run with a completely different setup than we had  Friday and  Saturday and come away with an eighth-place finish really says something about this team. We never give up and believe in each other. As mad as I was with the pit crew today I still feel they are good and we’ll get it right. On that last restart, I wasn’t in the best spot and lost some ground (fifth to eighth). On the previous restart, I was able to make a good gain in track position (ninth to fifth). It’s been a great start for our Furniture Row team with five straight top 10s.  We just need to keep it going and try to improve each week." - Martin Truex, Jr., finished eighth

"Yeah, there is a big hole underneath all of that.  It just so happens that the right rear of his car is all tore to hell.  He had a problem with the No. 43 car and when he got done drafting with him he drove across the racetrack into us.  It’s just stupid. I don’t have a problem with [Truex]; I just didn’t want my car tore up.  He had a problem with somebody else and I’m the one who paid the price for it.  I got a hole knocked in it and it takes us out of contention to have a top-10 finish.  Like I said, I wasn’t delusional that we were going to win the race or anything, but if he has a problem with somebody else and he has his hand out the window changing three lanes.  Then, he drives back across and punches a hole in my nose, he is like ‘well you could have lifted’.  We are in the middle of the backstretch, why is it my responsibility to lift because he is arguing with somebody else?  It’s just stupid.  Same stuff we always deal with kids." - Tony Stewart, finished 14th

"We fired off really good and just a little too free early. Racing with the 24 (Jeff Gordon), I think he just crowded me a little and I got loose and spun. That was certainly unfortunate. A pit road penalty hurt us under green and that’s a testament to just keep working hard and never giving up. We want top-10s and top-fives – that’s our goal and that’s where the 18 car should be. I’m a little frustrated with our finishes, but we’ve had good speed, we work hard and all we can do is be positive and look forward to Martinsville. Thanks to Interstate Batteries and Toyota and M&M’s for all their support and can’t wait to get to the next one." - David Ragan, finished 18th

"It was a lot of fun.  I can’t thank Front Row Motorsports enough to give me this opportunity and for Roush Fenway Racing to allow me to go do it.  To be able to help another Ford Performance team out this was a blast.  It’s the kind of race track I wanted to make my Cup debut at – some place that the pace falls off, the tires wear down and you’re able to really hustle it and race late into a run and this was just that.  We went through a lot of changes today, a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of confusion too on my side just trying to keep up with where we were at with the lucky dog and with wavearounds.  Green flag stops, everything moved so fast and I really had no clue where we were gonna finish coming to the checkered.  I didn’t know where we were at, I just knew I had to beat a couple guys around us and tried everything we could.  It was a lot of fun.  Thanks to everybody with Ford that allowed me to do it. [The race] was nerve-racking at the beginning.  The first 50-100 laps even just trying to race around some guys – just getting that little initiation, I guess – people pushing you around trying to show you who is boss, but after we got 100 laps in I just started to feel a lot better and started settling into a run where we were comfortable and a lot like our XFINITY race we were able to find a place and keep moving forward with that." - Chris Buescher, finished 20th

"We were good at the beginning and got off a little bit, but we had a bad restart. I got shuffled back beyond the top-10 and worked our way back to the top-five and then the top-three and then had a penalty. You just can’t come back from that. There ain’t nobody in the field with a fast enough car to come back from any penalties. We had one at the inopportune time and it just led to a bad finish and we blew up at the end. That topped everything off." - Denny Hamlin, finished 28th

"I think the 4 (Kevin Harvick) and the 41 (Kurt Busch) were the class of the field. I thought we had a top-five car all day and then I just had the best pit crew and they kept getting me out with the lead and giving me a shot, so it’s disappointing. More so than the axle breaking, I’m just disappointed we’re leading and we know them guys are a couple laps short and we got ourselves in position really nicely and there’s a debris caution and you can’t find debris anywhere – of course the leader always thinks that I guess, but I didn’t see any that caution or the next one, so that’s always disappointing. I’m sure I’ll go watch it and I’ll see something huge out there, but I just didn’t see anything, so that was disappointing." - Matt Kenseth, finished 31st    


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