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Jamie McMurray set a new qualification record and won the pole for Sunday’s Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. His fastest lap was 18.954 seconds, which converts to 99.905 mph.

McMurray had one of the fastest cars this spring before contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. cut a tire and sent him into the wall. It is safe to say that he has unfinished business and wants to dominate the race. The track record of 100.201 mph was set by Joey Logano this spring during the first session.
Oct 24 - 5:40 PM

Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick were the only two Chase contenders who qualified outside the top 12 for Sunday’s Goody's 500. Gordon missed advancing to the second round of time trials by six inches; Harvick was well off the pace and starts 33rd after scraping the wall twice.

Gordon will suffer with bad pit selection, but Harvick will have to change his strategy and gamble on two tires early. Martinsville is not Harvick’s best track in terms of average finishes and this is not what he wanted to start the Eliminator round.
Oct 24 - 5:19 PM

Tyler Reddick (No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150) has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

His average of 93.479 mph was best of the 11 trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 32 Alex Guenette (92.287 mph), No. 31 Ben Kennedy (91.882), No. 15 Mason Mingus (90.752) and No. 08 Camden Murphy (89.358) are the rest of the top five on this list.
Oct 24 - 3:39 PM

Ryan Blaney leads the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Martinsville Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 95.185 mph in the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 No. 20 Gray Gaulding, No. 33 Brandon Jones, No. 92 Austin Hill and No. 98 Johnny Sauter round out the top five of the 38 trucks practicing for the Kroger 200. Dustin Hapka in the No. 93 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest.
Oct 24 - 3:36 PM

Jeff Gordon posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Goody's 500. His top speed was 99.250 mph.

Starting position is critical at Martinsville, but mostly because it indicates who rolled off the hauler fast. Gordon’s best opportunity to win and automatically advance to the Championship race will come this week and he wants to take full advantage.
Oct 24 - 1:29 PM

Timmy Hill is scheduled to qualify and start the No. 44 Johnathan Cohen entry this week for the Goody's 500 at Martinsville.

Hill made one previous start in this car at Dover in September, but he parked 11 laps into the race with a vibration, so he should not be expected to run very far on Sunday.
Oct 24 - 12:44 PM

Jamie McMurray scraped the wall in the first practice session for the Goody's 500. He made minor contact.

McMurray will not need to roll out a backup car, which is good news for his owners. He swept the top 10 at Martinsville last year and was running with the leaders when he was wrecked by Dale Earnhardt Jr. this spring.
Oct 24 - 12:30 PM

In the opening minutes of practice, Justin Allgaier’s rear end locked up and sent him into a casual spin. He did not make contact with the wall, but the team was forced to spend a lot of time in the garage.

This is significant for fantasy racers because Allgaier was one of the best dark horses this spring when he finished 23rd in the STP 500.
Oct 24 - 12:17 PM

JJ Yeley will make his sixth start of the season for BK Racing and his 15th overall. His best finish with this team was a 29th at Kansas Speedway earlier this month.

With Ryan Truex gone from the No. 83, the team is moving various drivers in and out of the cockpit. The reason for ending their relationship with Yeley was a lack of communication, however, and it seems unlikely that part time drivers are able to develop much more chemistry.
Oct 24 - 11:56 AM

Reed Sorenson finished 34th in this spring’s STP 500 at Martinsville. That was a modest result, but was still better than his last four attempts on this track.

Most of Sorenson’s efforts in the past three years have included parking early, but the Tommy Baldwin Racing teams attempt to go the full distance each week. This spring, Sorenson was running at end of the race, but he was eight laps off the pace.
Oct 24 - 11:20 AM

In his last three starts at Martinsville, Josh Wise has finished consistently in the mid-30s with a 35th in the last two spring races and a 34th last fall.

Wise has shown the same kind of consistency this year on short, flat tracks. His 34th in the STP 500 was followed by results in the high 20s and low 30s at New Hampshire and Richmond in the three most recent events.
Oct 24 - 11:10 AM

Three of Cole Whitt’s five races on short tracks this season have ended in a narrow band of results around 30th. His best finish was a 29th in the STP 500 at Martinsville this spring.

Whitt’s last two attempts on this short track ended in a pair of 30ths at Bristol and Richmond, while his two bad results came as the result of on track incidents. Whitt is predictable, but not necessarily a good value.
Oct 24 - 11:02 AM

After scoring a top-10 last week on the restrictor-plate, superspeedway at Talladega, Travis Kvapil is back behind the wheel of the No. 33 Joe Falk ride for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville.

Kvapil was in Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 this spring and finished 33rd, but last year in BK Racing equipment, he finished 24th in this race. Look for a finish somewhere in between those two results in this week’s Goody's 500 and plan accordingly.
Oct 24 - 11:01 AM

Joey Logano has been almost perfect on short, flat tracks this year. He won the Richmond spring race, the fall New Hampshire race, and finished worse than sixth only once in six starts.

Logano’s only failure to finish in the top-six came as the result of getting tangled with a lapped car in the first New Hampshire event; he was running second at the time.
Oct 24 - 9:58 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a current 12-race, top-15 streak going on short, flat tracks. The last time he finished outside that mark was in the spring 2013 STP 500 at Martinsville.

Earnhardt has something to prove this week after getting knocked out of Chase contention at Talladega and he will challenge his teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for the victory. His Achilles Heel for most of his career has been in getting behind on race trim setups, however, and that will be critical this Sunday. He has not proven to have reversed that trend, so he is a bit of a gamble.
Oct 24 - 9:58 AM

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