NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 Notes and Entry List

SprintElliott ready for Cup debut

Martinsville Speedway is one of the most exciting tracks on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. It also just so happens to be the one where Hendrick Motorsports has seen the most success – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2014 win was the organization’s 22nd at the track. And it’s where Chase Elliott will make his Sprint Cup Series debut, driving the #25 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy SS. It’s the first of five Cup races for Elliott in 2015. “When we first came up with these five races it didn’t really occur to me how quickly Martinsville came up on the schedule,” Elliott said. “I don’t know why I didn’t think it was so soon in the year. I thought it was later on and thought, ‘We’ve got a while.’ Then I get to looking at the schedule at Daytona and I’m like, ‘This race is coming up quick.'” Now that it’s here, the first priority will be a strong qualifying effort. That will be the same story for all five of Elliott’s 2015 Cup races – at Martinsville, Richmond, Charlotte, Indianapolis and Darlington. “The biggest goal, first, is to try to get into all of them,” Elliott said. “That is the first thing – you don’t want to get ahead of yourself. Just try to have good qualifying efforts at all of them but not forget about the race. We definitely want to focus on that and try to be good there.”

TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track Size: 0.526 Mile
    Race: 500 laps, 263 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
    Straights: 800 feet
    Backstretch: 800 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 55,000
    Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
    Speed Limits: Pit Road, 30 mph; Pace Car, 35 mph
    Opened: 1947
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Herald Trumpets
    Flyover: Bandit Flight Team
  • March 2014 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 72.176mph, started 22nd
  • October 2014 race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 70.725mph, started 23rd
  • Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/1991
  • Youngest Race Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/1960
  • March 2014 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 99.674mph, finished 14th
  • October 2014 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 99.905mph, finished 16th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, March 28, 2014, 100.201mph, set in first round of qualifying
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 45 years, 6 months, 14 days, 4/26/1987
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 24 years, 7 months, 14 days, 04/26/1981
  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville Speedway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 122.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon 119.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin 110.1
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 101.2
    #14-Tony Stewart 97.6
    #18-Kyle Busch 96.2
    #15-Clint Bowyer 95.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick 91.8
    #31-Ryan Newman 87.4
    #22-Joey Logano 85.1

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: FS1 – 11:30am/et
  • Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1, 1:00pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
  • Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum
  • Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
  • Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, March 26
4:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 27
7:00 AM – 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 – 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)

Saturday, March 28
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 – 10:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
1:00 – 1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 2)

Sunday, March 29
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:15 AM – 12:45 PM Martinsville Speedway Track Walk
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE (FoxSports 1)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4588; Right-side — D-4468
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.44 in. (2,221 mm);
    Right-side — 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 10 psi; Left Rear — 10 psi;
    Right Front — 23 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Martinsville this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at this track last October . . . Martinsville is the only track where NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
STP 500
Martinsville Speedway – 3/29/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Cessna 17
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 6
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Cheerios 20
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Budweiser / Jimmy John’s 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Farmers insurance 9
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 29
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy  Nikko RC / Toy State Car 36
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Medallion Bank / Mercury Marine 32
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy TaxAct 24
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 15
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 13
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 34
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 21
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho 22
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal 28
16 18 David Ragan Toyota M&M’s Crispy 16
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Arris 18
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 14
19 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 2
20 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Dr. Pepper 40
21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Axalta 23
22 25 Chase Elliott* (i) Chevy NAPA Auto Parts 50
23 26 Jeb Burton # Toyota Maxim.com 45
24 27 Paul Menard Chevy Pittsburg Paints / Menards 10
25 30 Ron Hornaday* Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing 48
26 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Quicken Loans 7
27 32 Mike Bliss(i) Ford CorvetteParts.net 37
28 33 Alex Kennedy Chevy TBA 30
29 34 Chris Buescher (i) Ford A&W All American Food 31
30 35 Cole Whitt Ford TBA 33
31 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 27
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy TBA 35
33 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation 4
34 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 19
35 43 Aric Almirola Ford STP 11
36 44 Travis Kvapil* (i) Chevy TBA 46
37 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J 38
38 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Bush’s Beans 12
39 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s 8
40 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy BrandtFraternal Order of Eagles / Switch Hitch 26
41 55 Brett Moffitt # Toyota Diabetic Supplies Plan 25
42 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Chevy TBA 43
43 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furnitrue Row / Visser Precision 3
44 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Burger King 42
45 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Diet Mountain Dew 5
46 98 Josh Wise Ford Phil Parsons Racing 41

* – Required to qualify by speed
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2015 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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