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Subway 500 - Martinsville Speedway

Gordon Pulls Season Sweep at Martinsville
It sure seems like it was a long time ago since Jeff Gordon visited victory lane, for him especially. It has been 22 races to be exact, many of which saw the former champion struggle, including seven finishes of 30th or worse, forcing a crew chief change after he missed the Chase for the Championship. But today was Gordon’s day in Martinsville. Using a key decision from that new crew chief Steve Letarte, Gordon was able to utilize that pit strategy to gain the lead and the all-important track position he needed to win the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, scoring his 73rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 433rd career start and sweep the season’s events at the 0.526-mile short track. Tony Stewart had been dominant from the pole until Casey Mears spun in turn two on lap 343, bringing out the caution flag. At that point Stewart had led 283 of the 343 laps run, and had already locked up the bonus points for leading the most laps, but when he and the others behind him hit pit road, Letarte called for Gordon to stay out. And stay out he did, out front. Gordon would then lead twice for 151 laps, including the final 141, holding off Stewart in a three-lap shootout after a record-breaking 19th caution flag on lap 495. Gordon would beat Stewart by 0.235 seconds to the checkered flag to score his fourth victory of the season and his seventh at Martinsville, tying him with Rusty Wallace. With four wins in his last six races, Gordon has become quite the master at Martinsville, only finishing out of the top ten six times in his career at this short track in Virginia. Gordon’s sweep at Martinsville is the second sweep of the 2005 season, teammate Jimmie Johnson won both races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Gordon scored the 13th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Martinsville Speedway, second only to Petty Enterprises with 19. This was Hendrick’s 139th victory as a car owner and ninth in 32 races this season. Stewart finished second on the day, his third runner-up effort in the Chase, and remained the leader in the point standings. Stewart is 15 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. Johnson finished his day in the third position, followed by Bobby Labonte in fourth place. Jeff Burton would finish fifth and give Chevrolet a sweep of the top-five spots in the finishing order. Martinsville marked the sixth and final short-track race in 2005. There were six different Bud pole winners and five different race winners on short-tracks in 2005. Gordon was the only repeat short-track race winner. Tony Stewart led 673 of the 2,800 laps raced on short-tracks in 2005, the most of any driver. Stewart also scored five top-10 finishes on short-tracks, leading all drivers.

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Third Martinsville Pole Position for Stewart
Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for Sunday’s Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his third pole position and seventh top-10 start in 14 races at the flat 0.526-mile, paper-clip shaped short track in Virginia. Stewart set a new track record with his qualifying lap of 19.306 seconds, at an average speed of 98.083 mph. Stewart, along with the top 11 qualifiers, broke Ryan Newman’s existing track-qualifying record of 19.513 seconds, at an average speed of 97.043 mph, which was set on Oct. 22, 2004. This is Stewart’s 10th career Bud Pole in 244 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, in addition to his third pole and 18th top-10 start in 2005. Stewart’s last Bud Pole kicked off the Chase for the Championship, when he sat on the pole for the event in Loudon, five races ago. This is the 13th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005, Dodge has nine and Ford has eight. Ricky Rudd will have his best start of the season and his best since he started on the pole at Talladega in April of 2004, when he posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.324 seconds, at an average of 97.992 mph – and will join Stewart on the front row of the starting grid. This is Rudd’s 27th top-10 start in 53 races at Martinsville, but just his second in the past nine. Teammates Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman will start from the second row after qualifying third and fourth respectively. Wallace has started from the top 10 in 34 of his 44 races at Martinsville and has 11 top-10 starts in 2005. While Newman has posted eight top-10 starts in as many races at Martinsville and has a series leading 26 top-10 starts this season, including six Bud Poles. In only his third start, Denny Hamlin qualified in the fifth position, posting his second top-10 start in his three-race NEXTEL Cup career. Only five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Stewart, Wallace, Newman, Jimmie Johnson (sixth) and Jeremy Mayfield (seventh). None of the five Roush cars qualified in the top 10, Mark Martin 35th was the lowest qualifying Chase driver.


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