Crunching the Numbers: Martinsville Speedway STP 500

From #NASCARGoesWest to the 2018 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, the drivers have gone coast to coast in this season already. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. had a great West Coast swing, and they hope it will continue back on the East Coast. Drivers like Kyle Busch had great runs out West, but came up short, and hopes to finally break through this season

Martinsville Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 0.526 Mile Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 500 (263 miles)
    • Stage 1 End: 130
    • Stage 2 End: 160
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 12°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 800 feet
    • Banking: 0°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 800 feet
    • Banking: 0°

STP 500 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 2 (2010 & 2012)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0
  • 2017 STP 500 Winners
    • Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
      • Finished P16
    • Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott
      • Finished P3
    • Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
      • Top 5 in both stages

Trending of the past 5 STP 500 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.709 seconds
  • 13 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 12
    • Final Caution: Lap 465 (35 laps to go)
  • 21 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 STP 500 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.646 seconds
  • 13 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 35
    • Final Caution: Lap 468 (32 laps to go)
  • 19 drivers on the lead lap

STP 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 11.8
  • Average laps lead: 96.1 laps (19.2% of the race)
  • 7.1% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 346 (69.2% of the race) by Jimmie Johnson in 2013
    • Johnson won that race

STP 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 10.6
    • The median race winner’s starting position is P9
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P9
    • Kurt Busch started from P22 in 2013, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 35.7% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 57.1% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 123.1 laps (24.6% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Kevin Harvick led 6 laps (1.2% of the race) in 2011
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kyle Busch led 352 laps (70.4% of the race) in 2016
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 5 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson & Denny Hamlin lead the active field with 3 wins each
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 5 wins
  • Fun Fact: Drivers who led laps in the 2017 STP 500 finished in the top 6 in stage one, but only the top 3 of stage two

STP 500 & Manufacturer Statistics

Furniture Row Racing has the best average finish this season, and Team Penske has the best average finish for a multi-car team.

Hendrick Motorsports has the best average finish in the STP 500, even though it has been 5 races since Hendrick Motorsports has won the STP 500.

STP 500 Predictions

Jimmie Johnson might have found his groove at Auto Club Speedway last weekend, and that could help him roll into Martinsville Speedway on a high note. Johnson has the best average finish in the STP 500, and is tied with Denny Hamlin for the most wins. But, we cannot count out the momentum Kyle Busch has while out West, and he hopes to bring home another grandfather clock before a weekend off.

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