No. 10 Valvoline Grand Prix driver Johnny Benson comes to Martinsville with a chassis that has only been tested, but never raced. The team took it to Indianapolis this summer for a Brickyard 400 test and quickly decided it would be a much better...
Valvoline Grand Prix driver Johnny Benson comes to Martinsville with a chassis that has only been tested, but never raced. The team took it to Indianapolis this summer for a Brickyard 400 test and quickly decided it would be a much better car at Martinsville.
Conseco Pontiac driver Ron Hornaday is behind the wheel of the car that carried him to a ninth-place finish at Las Vegas and put him out front for 24 laps in the first Martinsville race this season. Hornaday was running solidly in the top 10 with five laps to go here in the spring when a cut tire dropped him to 27th in the final rundown.
This chassis helped Bobby Labonte to sixth and seventh place finishes the last two times he ran it at Richmond (Sept.) and New Hampshire (July). Those races, along with this spring's eighth place Martinsville run and last week's 10th at Charlotte, have helped the 2000 Winston Cup champion to a total of 15 top 10 finishes.
Tony Stewart led 179 of 500 laps in this event last year and would love a similar performance and result this weekend at Martinsville. Stewart is driving a chassis that last raced in the 2000 edition of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. The driver of the Home Depot Grand Prix enters this race riding a string of six straight top 10 finishes.
M&M's Grand Prix driver Ken Schrader scored a 10th place finish with this chassis at Texas earlier this season before the team transformed it into a short-track Pontiac. Schrader, who owns 17 career top 10s at Martinsville, climbed to 18th in the Winston Cup points after last weekend's 14th place run at Lowe's Motor Speedway.