Mash up for Martinsville Speedway

Race stats and info for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.

Race stats and info for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.

Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick to appear in Fan Zone at Martinsville

AMP Energy driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick will visit with fans in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy before the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3.

Earnhardt and Harvick will appear separately. Both will take questions from fans in emceed question and answer sessions.

Admission to the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy is $99 and includes pastries, juice and coffee for breakfast, lunch buffet, four beverage coupons for AMP Energy,  Pepsi products and beer (patrons 21 and older) and Pre-Race Track Pass.

The Pre-Race Track Pass allows fans to stroll on the track along the front stretch from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The $99 price does not include a ticket to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

The Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy will open at 8 a.m. on April 30. The pastries will be served at 8 a.m. with the lunch buffet beginning at 10:30 am.

Trace Adkins to perform National Anthem before Goody’s 500

Multi-platinum and multi-talented recording artist Trace Adkins will perform the national anthem prior to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 3.

Adkins is a fervent race fan, who not only is a regular at tracks, but has sponsored cars and actually sponsored a 300-lap Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in 2003.

Trace Adkins is known from his music and race fans are even more familiar with him because of his funny radio ads and online videos with Richard Petty for Goody’s and BC Powders. And don’t forget, Adkin’s stint on NBC’s The Apprentice has earned him recognition well beyond country music.

Qualifying/Race Stats

2010 pole winner: None (inclement weather)

2010 race winner: Denny Hamlin, 73.180 mph, 03-29-09)

Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart (98.083 mph, 19.306 seconds.,

10-21-05)

Race record: Jeff Gordon (82.223 mph, 09-22-96)

Martinsville Speedway

Race #: 6 of 36 (04-03-11)

Track Size: .526 mile

Race Length: 500 laps/263 miles

·     Banking/Corners: 12 degrees

·     Banking/Straights: 0 degrees

·     Frontstretch: 800 feet

·     Backstretch: 800 feet

FACTS

·There have been 124 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

·Curtis Turner won the pole for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville in 1949.

·Red Byron won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

·55 drivers have won poles, led by Darrell Waltrip with eight. Jeff Gordon, with seven poles, can tie that mark this weekend.

·Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three.

·45 different drivers have won, led by Richard Petty’s 15.

·Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with seven wins. Jimmie Johnson has six and Denny Hamlin has four.

·19 races have been won from the pole, the last by Denny Hamlin in October 2010.

·Petty Enterprises has won 19 races, more than any other organization. Hendrick Motorsports, with 18 wins, can tie that mark this weekend.

·Kurt Busch won the 2002 fall race from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.

·Three active drivers average a top 10: Jimmie Johnson (5.3), Denny Hamlin (6.0) and Jeff Gordon (7.0).

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Martinsville Speedway going into the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on April 3.

MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Clint Bowyer (No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet)

·           One top five, five top 10s

·           Average finish of 15.3

·           Average Running Position of 15.6, 11th-best

·           Driver Rating of 84.3, 12th-best

·           3,134 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), 13th-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

·           One win, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s

·           Average finish of 14.6

·           Average Running Position of 14.6, eighth-best

·           Driver Rating of 91.0, eighth-best

·           260 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

·           517 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

·           3,724 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), eighth-most

·           304 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Pedigree Toyota)

·           Five top fives, six top 10s

·           Average finish of 16.7

·           Average Running Position of 14.8, ninth-best

·           Driver Rating of 91.0, seventh-best

·           169 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·           589 Green Flag Passes, second-most

·           3,892 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7%), seventh-most

·           356 Quality Passes, third-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)

·           Eight top fives, 11 top 10s

·           Average finish of 13.8

·           Average Running Position of 11.6, fifth-best

·           Driver Rating of 98.7, fifth-best

·           385 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·           Series-high 627 Green Flag Passes

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 91.119 mph, fifth-fastest

·           4,405 Laps in the Top 15 (73.2%), fourth-most

·           329 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

·           Seven wins, 23 top fives, 29 top 10s; seven poles

·           Average finish of 7.1

·           Average Running Position of 6.5, second-best

·           Driver Rating of 120.5, second-best

·           Series-high 644 Fastest Laps Run

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 91.435 mph, second-fastest

·           5,392 Laps in the Top 15 (89.6%), second-most

·           369 Quality Passes, second-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

·           Four wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles

·           Average finish of 6.1

·           Average Running Position of 9.5, fourth-best

·           Driver Rating of 112.5, third-best

·           357 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·           504 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 91.240 mph, third-fastest

·           4,373 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%), fifth-most

·           333 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

·           One top five, eight top 10s

·           Average finish of 17.3

·           Average Running Position of 14.5, seventh-best

·           Driver Rating of 92.6, sixth-best

·           128 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 90.915 mph, ninth-fastest

·           3,922 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), sixth-most

·           270 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

·           Six wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole

·           Average finish of 5.3

·           Series-best Average Running Position of 6.4

·           Series-best Driver Rating of 122.5

·           591 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·           491 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

·           Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 91.441 mph

·           Series-high 5,457 Laps in the Top 15 (90.7%)

·           Series-high 414 Quality Passes

Mark Martin (No. 5 Quaker State / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)

·           Two wins, 12 top fives, 24 top 10s; three poles

·           Average finish of 13.1

·           Average Running Position of 13.6, sixth-best

·           Driver Rating of 89.9, ninth-best

·           113 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 90.963 mph, seventh-fastest

Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Widia Chevrolet)

·           One top five, nine top 10s

·           Average finish of 16.3

·           Average Running Position of 15.7, 12th-best

·           Driver Rating of 85.5, 11th-best

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 90.784 mph, 13th-fastest

·           3,352 Laps in the Top 15 (55.7%), 10th-most

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

·           One top five, two top 10s

·           Average finish of 15.1

·           Driver Rating of 83.0, 13th-best

·           114 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

·           493 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

·           226 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

·           Six top fives, nine top 10s; three poles

·           Average finish of 14.3

·           Average Running Position of 15.1, 10th-best

·           Driver Rating of 88.8, 10th-best

·           551 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 90.798 mph, 12th-fastest

·           3,347 Laps in the Top 15 (55.6%), 11th-most

·           259 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

·           Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles

·           Average finish of 13.1

·           Average Running Position of 8.9, third-best

·           Driver Rating of 106.8, fourth-best

·           360 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·           Average Green Flag Speed of 91.213 mph, fourth-fastest

·           4,902 Laps in the Top 15 (81.4%), third-most

·           298 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Source: NASCAR Media

Special grand marshals and honorary starter chosen for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville has special Honorary Starter and Grand Marshals

Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville has special Honorary Starter and Grand Marshals.

Title sponsor for the Martinsville race, Goody’s Headache Powder has designated Wounded Warrior Project heroes Joe Brazzle, Rashe Hall and Sue Downs as the grand marshals, and Victory Junction camper Garon Parris as the honorary starter for the 500-lap event. Wounded Warrior Project heroes Joe Brazzle, Rashe Hall and Sue Downs will give the command for the most famous words in racing – “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines”.

Following are bios about the Wounded Warrior Project heroes and the 8-year old Victory Junction Camper chosen for this weekend’s event:

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

John “Joe” Brazzle

A Pennsylvania native, currently lives in Fayetteville, N.C., at Fort Bragg. From a military family, Brazzle served in Afghanistan three times all without incident. On August 17, 2007, during a training event at Fort Bragg, Brazzle was involved in an explosion that burned his body and blinded him in his left eye and partially in the right.

Rashe Hall

Also living in Fayetteville, N.C., Hall is originally from Ventura, Calif. A former college football player, Hall joined the military in 2000 as a combat engineer. Six months into his tour in Afghanistan he was involved in an ambush. The first rocket-propelled grenade bounced off his chest plate and imploded inside the vehicle. The explosion lodged metal in his neck and burned Hall. He was medically evacuated from Afghanistan to a base in Houston, Texas, where he was introduced to Wounded Warrior Project.

Sue Downs

Is from Tazewell, Tenn. Downs and her husband, Gabriel, have both served in the military. After her husband was medically discharged in December 2004, she decided to join the military and serve as a military police officer. Ten months after arriving in Afghanistan, Downs and her unit were on a mission and hit a land mine, killing two fellow soldiers and leaving her legs amputated from both knees down. It was at that time that she went to Walter Reed and was introduced to Wounded Warrior Project.

VICTORY JUNCTION

Garon Parris

Parris, a Victory Junction camper from Trinity, N.C., will wave the green flag to start the 43-car field on the 0.526 Virginia short track.

An eight-year-old who attends Archdale Elementary School, Parris was diagnosed at 17 months old with diabetes. He has been on an insulin pump since he was three years old which also is the age he began pricking his finger. Parris receives four shots a day to properly maintain his sugar levels.

He first attended Victory Junction in September 2009 and again in April 2010 for a family weekend. He enjoys all of the activities camp has to offer including fishing, bowling, horseback riding and making new friends.

Located less than 70 miles from Martinsville Speedway in Randleman, N.C., Victory Junction www.victoryjunction.org is a year-round facility that provides life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

As for the Goody’s and BC Powder Pick A Powder campaign – rivals and spokesmen involve country music star Trace Adkins and NASCAR Racing Legend Richard Petty. This weekend is about the Wounded Warrior Project and Victory Junction and bringing meaningful attention to the worthy causes the charities serve – wounded service members and children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses.

Both charitable organizations will play a key role in pre-race ceremonies serving as grand marshals and honorary starter. In addition, Goody’s and BC will make a financial donation to each organization based on a portion of the sales from specially-marked packs featuring Victory Junction and Wounded Warrior Project that fans purchased between January and March.

Read my prior blog about the BC and Goody’s campaign and how you can help.