Wallace, Martin sentimental favorites at Martinsville

Wallace, Martin More Than Sentimental Favorites At Martinsville Speedway MARTINSVILLE, VA. (Sept. 12, 2005) - When The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup makes its grand entrance to Martinsville Speedway in six weeks, veterans Rusty Wallace and Mark...

Wallace, Martin More Than Sentimental Favorites At Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (Sept. 12, 2005) - When The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup makes its grand entrance to Martinsville Speedway in six weeks, veterans Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin will have to be the sentimental favorites.

But history says they may be more than sentimental favorites in the October 23 running of the SUBWAY 500 on difficult Martinsville Speedway half mile.

Wallace, who will be retiring after this season, and Martin, who may or may not be retiring after this season, have combined to post some pretty incredible Martinsville numbers over the past two decades. Together they have 82 starts, nine wins, 28 top-five finishes and 47 top-10 finishes.

Among active drivers Wallace is the King of Martinsville. He has made 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts at Martinsville and has led an incredible 3,681 laps. His seven wins is tops among active drivers and is third among all-time Martinsville winners, trailing only Richard Petty's 15 wins and Darrell Waltrip's 11.

Wallace's last Martinsville win came in the Advance Auto Parts 500 in the spring of 2004 and he followed that up with a 10th in the SUBWAY 500 last fall after starting on the outside pole. He started fourth in the Advance Auto Parts 500 last spring and wound up fifth.

Martin has made 39 Martinsville starts and has won twice. He has 11 top fives and 21 top 10s. He wound up a solid third last spring.

The field for The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup was pared to 10 drivers after Saturday's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The championship will be determined among Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Wallace, Jimmy Johnson, Kurt Busch, Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman over the next 10 races.

The SUBWAY 500 is the sixth stop and only short-track race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

Half of the drivers in The Chase - Wallace, Martin, Stewart, Johnson and Busch - have Martinsville Speedway wins in their resumes.

Youngster Edwdards is the only driver who does not have a top-10 finish at Martinsville, but he had only two starts to his credit at the historic Virginia track.

Following is a brief statistical breakdown of the drivers in Chase For The NEXTEL Cup at Martinsville Speedway:

* Tony Stewart: 13 Martinsville starts; 2 wins; 3 top fives; 6 top 10s; 607 laps led; 1 DNF.

* Greg Biffle: Five Martinsville starts; 0 top fives; 0 top 10s; 0 laps led; 0 DNFs.

* Rusty Wallace: 43 Martinsville starts; Seven wins; 17 top fives; 26 top 10s; 3,631 laps led; 7 DNFs.

* Jimmy Johnson: Seven Martinsville starts; 1 win; 3 top fives; 6 top 10s; 168 laps led; 1 DNF.

* Kurt Busch: 10 Martinsville starts; 1 win; 2 top five; 2 top 10; Led 4 races for 339 laps; 1 DNF.

* Mark Martin: 39 Martinsville starts; 2 wins; 11 top fives; 21 top 10s; 318 laps led; 6 DNFs.

* Jeremy Mayfield: 20 Martinsville starts; 2 top five; 5 top 10s; 67 laps led; 3 DNFs.

* Carl Edwards: Two Martinsville starts; 0 top fives; 0 top 10s; 0 laps led.

* Matt Kenseth: Eleven Martinsville starts; 0 top fives; 3 top 10s; 40 laps led.

* Ryan Newman: Seven Martinsville starts; 4 top fives; 4 top 10s; 66 laps led; 2 DNFs.

Tickets for both the SUBWAY 500 on Sunday, October 23, and the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, October 22, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. SUBWAY 500 tickets may also be purchased online at www.racetickets.com. For race information, please visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Ticket prices for the SUBWAY 500 range from $40 to $75. Tickets for the Kroger 200 are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Kroger 200 tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5.

The SUBWAY 500 weekend kicks off on October 21 with time trials for both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

-Martinsville Speedway

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Richard Petty , Carl Edwards , Mark Martin