Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Fox Sports Net, 2 p.m.); Sunday, race (Fox, 12 p.m.)
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).
Race distance: 500 laps, 263 miles.
Last race: Dale Jarrett raced from sixth place to the lead in 13 laps, passing gambling Johnny Benson and pulling away to win the Harrah's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The Winston Cup points leader had been racing at or near the front throughout the 334-lap event, but slipped from second to sixth during the final pit stops by the leaders when he took four tires while most put on two.
Last year: Mark Martin emerged almost unscathed from a track-record-tying 17 caution flags to win. Martin did not lead the race until only 64 laps to go.
Fast facts: The 1999 fall race at Martinsville was the first time there had been only one pit road. ... Four drivers -- Dale Jarrett, Mike Skinner, Stacy Compton and Mike Bliss -- made Winston Cup debuts in Martinsville. ... Lee Petty won the 1959 race from the 24th starting position. ... There have been seven different winners in the last seven years. ... Rusty Wallace won five of the seven races at Martinsville from 1994-1996.
Next race: Talladega 500, April 22, Talladega, Ala.
On the net: http://www.nascar.com
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