STP Gas Booster 500 Preview

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The Sprint Cup Series heads to the “paperclip” this weekend for their sixth race of the season. In past years, the Martinsville Speedway has produced great racing and shocking moments. Last year’s Spring Race is likely the most memorable race from the past few years. The drama occurred on the final restart when Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer spun out while heading into turn 1. Ryan Newman snuck by the accident and took the win. Short track racing always produces action and Martinsville never disappoints.

The STP Gas Booster 500 is set to take place on Sunday April 7, 2013 and the green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:13 PM EST. There will be 500 action packed laps on Sunday which will make up 263 miles. Weather for race day looks great with partly cloudy skies, a high temperature of 72 F and only a 10% chance of rain. The race will be broadcasted on FOX and a radio version of the race can be heard on MRN.

Last year’s dramatic finish in this race was one of the best of the season. When Clint Bowyer dived under Jeff Gordon going into turn 1 on the restart to make it three wide with Johnson on the outside, all three cars spun-out and the race had completely changed. Drivers who were behind the wreck had been strategic and put themselves up there for a shot at the win on that restart and Ryan Newman snuck passed the incident to hold off A.J Allmendinger for the win. Fans will definitely be calling this race one of the best of the season if the same amount of drama were to unfold in this year’s race.

Since the cars were last on the track, a lot has changed due to the thrilling last lap action at Fontana. To sum it all up, Denny Hamlin is out for about six weeks with a compression fracture in his back, Mark Martin will be in his car this weekend and then Brian Vickers will be starting in Texas. Joey Logano has been the center of attention for a few weeks now and he has talked to Hamlin about the incidents in the last two races. Logano said it was just hard racing on the last lap at Fontana and he says he did not attempt to intentionally wreck Hamlin. Logano had another fight on his hands after the race with Tony Stewart, but Logano said they haven’t talked since. The last off-week sure hasn’t been much of one since there many storylines that were discussed throughout the week.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. gained the points lead after Fontana and his hot start has been a major topic of discussion. He has been doing extremely well and he will be a major contender for the win this weekend. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson sit right behind Earnhardt Jr. in the standings and one small mistake by Earnhardt Jr. will give both Keselowski and Johnson a shot at the points lead.

Classic short-track racing will surely be on display this weekend and the feuds from the past few races could be settled this weekend in Martinsville style. The Hendrick Motorsports drivers will be the guys to beat on Sunday and it will be interesting to see who can compete with them for the victory. Every driver wants a Martinsville clock that is rewarded to the winner of every race at the track. Drivers will be going all-out for that clock and the action will not disappoint this weekend at Martinsville.

Event Schedule

12:00-1:30 PM EST (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

3:40 PM EST (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, televised on a tape-delay on SPEED at 8:00 PM EST

10:30-11:15 AM EST (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, not televised

11:45 AM-12:45 PM EST (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, televised on a tape-delay on SPEED at 11:30 PM EST

Next Race- 4/13 NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas

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By Jason Schultz

Entry List via Jayski.com

Car#

Driver

Manu

Sponsor

Owner

Owner
Points
Rank/
Attempts

1

1

Jamie McMurray

Chevy

Race with Insulin

Felix Sabates

18/5

2

2

Brad Keselowski (PC1)

Ford

Miller Lite

Roger Penske

2/5

3

5

Kasey Kahne

Chevy

Farmers Insurance

Linda Hendrick

7/5

4

7

Dave Blaney

Chevy

SANY America

Tommy Baldwin

28/5

5

9

Marcos Ambrose

Ford

Stanley

Richard Petty

25/5

6

10

Danica Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene Haas

29/5

7

11

Mark Martin

Toyota

FedEx Freight

J D Gibbs

11/5

8

13

Casey Mears

Ford

GEICO

Bob Germain

23/5

9

14

Tony Stewart (PC2)

Chevy

Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1

Margaret Haas

24/5

10

15

Clint Bowyer

Toyota

RK Motors

Rob Kauffman

16/5

11

16

Greg Biffle

Ford

3M

Jack Roush

5/5

12

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Fifth Third

John Henry

13/5

13

18

Kyle Busch

Toyota

M&M’s

Joe Gibbs

6/5

14

19

Mike Bliss (i)

Toyota

Plinker Tactical

Randy Humphrey

45/5

15

20

Matt Kenseth (PC5)

Toyota

Home Depot / Husky

Joe Gibbs

12/5

16

22

Joey Logano

Ford

Shell Pennzoil

Walter Czarnecki

10/5

17

24

Jeff Gordon (PC6)

Chevy

Drive to End Hunger

Rick Hendrick

20/5

18

27

Paul Menard

Chevy

Menards / Pittsburgh Paints

Richard Childress

8/5

19

29

Kevin Harvick

Chevy

Budweiser

Richard Childress

17/5

20

30

David Stremme

Toyota

Swan Racing

Brandon Davis

30/5

21

31

Jeff Burton

Chevy

Childress Institute for Pediatric   Trauma

Richard Childress

26/5

22

32

Ken Schrader

Ford

Federated Auto Parts

Frank Stoddard

36/5

23

33

Landon Cassill

Chevy

Little Joe’s Auto / Precon Marine

Joe Falk

38/5

24

34

David Ragan

Ford

TBD

Bob Jenkins

34/5

25

35

Josh Wise (i)

Ford

MDS Transport

Jerry Freeze

40/5

26

36

J.J. Yeley

Chevy

United Mining Equpiment

Allan Heinke

27/5

27

38

David Gilliland

Ford

Long John Silver’s

Brad Jenkins

35/5

28

39

Ryan Newman

Chevy

Quicken Loans

Tony Stewart

22/5

29

42

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target

Chip Ganassi

31/5

30

43

Aric Almirola

Ford

Jani-King / STP

Richard Petty

19/5

31

44

Scott Riggs

Ford

TBA

John Cohen

44/3

32

47

Bobby Labonte (PC7)

Toyota

Bush’s Beans

Tad Geschickter

32/5

33

48

Jimmie Johnson (PC3)

Chevy

Lowe’s

Jeff Gordon

3/5

34

51

Regan Smith (i)

Chevy

HendrickCars.com

James Finch

9/5

35

55

Brian Vickers (i)

Toyota

Jet Edge

Michael Waltrip

14/5

36

56

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA Auto Parts

Michael Waltrip

21/5

37

78

Kurt Busch (PC4)

Chevy

Furniture Row / Serta

Barney Vissar

15/5

38

83

David Reutimann

Toyota

Burger King / Dr Pepper

Ron Devine

33/5

39

87

Joe Nemechek (i)

Toyota

Maddie’s Place Rocks.com

Andrea Nemechek

39/5

40

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

Diet Mountain Dew

Rick Hendrick

1/5

41

93

Travis Kvapil

Toyota

Burger King / Dr Pepper

Ron Devine

37/5

42

95

Scott Speed

Ford

Surrender the Sponsor

Bob Leavine

43/4

43

98

Michael McDowell

Ford

Phil Parsons Racing

Mike Curb

41/4

44

99

Carl Edwards

Ford

Fastenal

Jack Roush

4/5

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