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Martinsville Speedway Notebook - Sunday
April 2, 2012
By Connie Felix
Upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goodyear Tire Tests
Michigan International Speedway - Goodyear Tire Test is scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday (April 3-4). Participating teams and drivers will be the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford with Matt Kenseth, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya.
Dover International Speedway - Goodyear Tire Test on it's concrete surface is April 17-18. with the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge with A.J. Allmendinger, No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick, No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet with Dave Blaney, No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Ryan Newman, No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr.
Pocono Raceway - Goodyear Tire Test is scheduled for April 24-25 with the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet with Kasey Kahne, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano, No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge with A.J. Allmendinger and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Aric Almirola.
At the end of this stretch of tire testing will be New Hampshire Motor Speedway, scheduled for May 8-9. There, Goodyear Tire Test will be looking to standardize its mile track tire set-up with what it found at Phoenix International Raceway. Teams scheduled to test at New Hampshire are the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota with Bobby Labonte, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards.
Twenty different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate with A.J. Allmendinger testing at Pocono and Dover.
Goodyear's Spring 2012 Martinsville Sprint Cup Tire Stats
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,375 Right-side -- 1,375Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and qualifying, and 11 sets for the race;
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm) Right-side -- 88.6 (2,251 mm) Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 10 psi; Left Rear -- 10 psi Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psiNOTES:
Barney Hall Legendary Voice Returns At Martinsville Speedway
Race fans heard a familiar voice on Motor Racing Network's coverage from Martinsville Speedway this past weekend. Barney Hall has returned to MRN to anchor the network's coverage of Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race. The Hall of Fame broadcaster was ill and had been sidelined since Speedweeks at Daytona, missing the season opening Daytona 500 for just the third time in the 54 year history of the track. Hall is back in shape, he was passing race fans who were huffing and puffing going up the little hill at Martinsville Speedway with no signs of slowing down.
NASCAR Has Came A Long Way
Walking through the garage and infield at Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the 63rd annual Goody's Fast Relief 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, it struck me how much has changed in the past 5 decades at local raceways across the country. Back in the day, no one was allowed through the back gate without a NASCAR License, white pants and absolutely NO WOMEN. The minimum age was sixteen with special circumstances.
Gone is the NASCAR license to get into the pits, no type of attire seems to be unacceptable, you see shorts, flip flops, heels and pajama's in the mix. The changes seem enormous today, young children are everywhere, women are the norm and not a pair of white pants on the entire Speedway property. Imagine it has been many a year since a young woman has had to ask NASCAR for help to make a Track Promoter allow her in the pits and on the race track.
Infraction List At Martinsville Speedway - NCWTS
Fourteen penalties were accessed twelve drivers during the Kroger 250, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon. In all cases the cars were sent to the tail end of the field.
Have You Seen The New Tervis NASCAR Collection
Tervis is a drinkware that keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. They are virtually unbreakable, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Like all the new drinkware they have two layers which reduces the condensation problem and best of all Made In America. Price ranges from $16-$25 depending on size and where purchased. Two sizes, 16 and 24 oz. tumbles include 28 designs featuring 13 different drivers. The emblem design is actually an embroidered decal between the two layers. Tervis drinkware comes with a seal tight lid making the product spill proof, handles are also available for an additional charge.
Kasey Kahne Replaces Spotter
Kasey Kahne’s spotter was his cousin, Kole Kahne, who has been replaced by a former Jeff Gordon spotter, Shannon McGlamery for the next two races. The two cousins have worked together since Kasey came to NASCAR, having problems from time to time. "I’m going to do two weeks with someone else and then decide after Texas what I want to do.” said Kasey.
Sprint Driver Disqualified After Third Inspection Of Weekend
NASCAR disqualified No. 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Raines after he qualified for the Martinsville Speedway, 63rd Annual Goody's Fast Relief 500, when his race car was found to be too low on the third inspection of the weekend. Raines was replaced in the lineup by No. 49 America Israel Racing Toyota driver J. J. Yeley.
Confiscation Parts At Martinsville Speedway
No NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series confiscated parts or pieces were spotted in the official haulers this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Infraction List At Martinsville Speedway - NSCS
Eight drivers received eight penalties during the Goody's Fast Relief 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
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