Martinsville pre-race notes

>From NASCAR Public Relations FOR Immediate RELEASE April 15, 1996 Turning to Martinsville ... and the Goody's Headache Powders 500: *** Wallace has won four of the last six spring races at the .526-mile speedway in the Blue Ridge ...

>From NASCAR Public Relations

FOR Immediate RELEASE April 15, 1996

Turning to Martinsville

... and the Goody's Headache Powders 500:

*** Wallace has won four of the last six spring races at the .526-mile speedway in the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the last three in a row.

*** Only two active drivers have more wins at Martinsville than Wallace s five: Darrell Waltrip (11) and Earnhardt (six).

*** Wallace's name is the first to come to mind when discussing dominance, at least recent dominance at Martinsville. In the last 10 years, Wallace has posted top-five finishes in half of those spring races, but, as we've said, the last three have been wins. Earnhardt also comes to mind, posting five consecutive top- five finishes from 1987-91, three of which were wins. But he has not had a top-five finish in the spring at Martinsville since.

*** Who has been the king of Martinsville through the last 10 years? Darrell Waltrip has not finished outside the top five in the spring at Martinsville since 1988. That's eight straight for those keeping score at home.

*** Who has had the toughest luck at Martinsville this time of year over the last few seasons? Well, there are several candidates, but Ricky Rudd probably gets the nod. Since Winning the April race in 1986, Rudd has not posted a top-five finish in the spring at Martinsville.

*** Follow numerology? Then put your money on Sterling Marlin to have a good run this weekend. In 1988, Marlin finished second in the spring race driven; an Oldsmobile. Four years later, in 1992, Marlin finished second driving a Ford. Now, four years later, Marlin is driving a Chevrolet and is heading into Martinsville after one of his best runs of the season last week at North Wilkesboro. But you can bet he'd like to take it one step further.

STAT OF THE WEEK *** In the last six races at Martinsville, Rusty Wallace has won four. He has led 1,387 of 2,816 laps (this race last year was called after 356 laps because of weather) or 48.56 percent for those of you still scoring. Three of those six times he has led more than 300 laps, and once, in the Spring of 1993, he led 409.

Jack Durbin indy500@freenet.tlh.fl.us Motorsport News International jackd@motorsport.com (Moderators for "rec.autos.sport.info") Homepage http://www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/users/indy500/index.html

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace