2011 Goody's Fast Relief 500

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2011 Goody's Fast Relief 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Goody's Fast Relief 500 thumb.jpg
Date April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)
Location Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
.526 mi (.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423 km)
Weather Partly cloudy with a high around 63; wind out of the SW at 7 mph.
Pole position
Driver Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Time 19.621
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 151
Winner
No. 29
Kevin Harvick
Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2011 Goody's Fast Relief 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on April 3, 2011 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps, it was the sixth race of the 2011 season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Martinsville Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Martinsville Speedway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races.[3] The standard track at Martinsville Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.526 miles (0.847 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at eleven degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at zero degrees. The back stretch also has a zero degree banking.[4] The racetrack has seats for 63,000 spectators.[4]

Before the race, Carl Edwards led the Drivers' Championship with 187 points, and Ryan Newman stood in second with 178. Kurt Busch followed in third with 177 points, one ahead of Kyle Busch and four ahead of Jimmie Johnson in fourth and fifth. Tony Stewart with 170 was six points ahead of Paul Menard, as Juan Pablo Montoya with 161 points, was four ahead of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth in ninth and tenth.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford were in the first three positions with 31 points, 14 ahead of Dodge in fourth.[6] Denny Hamlin was the race's defending champion after winning it in 2010.[7]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two practice sessions were held in preparation for the race; both on Friday. The first session lasted 80 minutes long, while the second was 90 minutes long.[8] Kyle Busch was quickest with a time of 19.804 seconds in the first session, 0.001 seconds faster than Joey Logano.[9] Harvick was just off Logano's pace, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, and Jeff Burton. Menard was seventh, still within a second of Busch's time.[9] Also in the first practice session, Johnson spun sideways after the second turn.[10]

In the second and final practice, David Ragan was quickest with a time of 19.670 seconds. Jeff Gordon followed in second, ahead of Keselowski and David Reutimann. Kasey Kahne was fifth quickest, with a time of 19.764 seconds. Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Marcos Ambrose, Brian Vickers, and A. J. Allmendinger rounded out the first ten positions. Kyle Busch, who was first in the first session, could only manage 23rd.[11] The second session also had cautions because of spins. The drivers involved were Logano and Dennis Setzer.[10]

Forty-four cars are entered for qualifying, but only forty-three could qualify for the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[12] McMurray clinched his first pole position of the season, with a time of 19.621 seconds.[13] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Newman.[13] Kasey Kahne qualified third, Logano took fourth, and Hamlin started fifth.[13] Allmendinger, Labonte, Reutimann, Harvick and Regan Smith rounded out the top ten.[13] However in the qualifying session, only 43 cars attempted to qualify (Setzer withdrew). Following the session, McMurray commented, "We've had really good cars. It just seems like we've had really bad luck, so I'm hoping. ... I've always been a little superstitious of green, and I showed up, and I saw my car, and I was like, 'Wow, that's not really what I was expecting to see.' But I hope this turns it around for us."[14]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 9 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 51
2 26 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 44
3 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 45
4 27 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 40
5 21 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 41
6 24 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 38
7 1 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 39
8 14 6 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 500 36
9 15 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 37
10 12 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 34
11 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 35
12 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 34
13 4 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 499 31
14 6 43 A.J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 499 32
15 8 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 499 29
16 20 22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 499 28
17 18 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Toyota 499 27
18 23 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 499 28
19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 498
20 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 498
21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 498
22 32 Ken Schrader Ford 497
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Source:[15]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  2. ^ "The Goody's Fast Relief 500". Rotoworld.com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "NASCAR Tracks—The Martinsville Speedway". Martinsville Speedway. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Manufactures' Championship Classification". Jayski.com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  7. ^ "2010 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500". racing-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Jayski'sŽ NASCAR Silly Season Site – Sprint Cup Race Info / Rundown Page". Jayski.com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Practice One Timing and Scoring". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  10. ^ a b "Spinning out in Martinsville – April 01, 2011 – NASCAR.COM Video". Nascar.com. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  11. ^ "Practice Three Timing and Scoring". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Qualifying Entry List". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Race Official Lineup". Nascar.Com. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  14. ^ http://www.nascar.com/news/110402/jmcmurray-martinsville-pole/index.html
  15. ^ NASCAR.COM


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