MARTINSVILLE, Va. — For a second uninterrupted race, a motorist who didn’t even make it into a Chase for a Sprint Cup will lead a margin to green.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jamie McMurray sits on a stick for a opening competition of a third turn of a Chase, that goes immature Sunday afternoon during Martinsville Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
He will be assimilated on a front quarrel by Chase motorist Joey Logano.
Here’s how a lineup breaks down for a Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 (remaining Chase drivers in CAPS):
1. Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet — After dual tip 10s, he was 42nd in this competition in March, so his stick wasn’t a sum surprise. It was his second stick of a season, his initial on an oval.
Jamie McMurray with Miss Coors Light. (Getty Images)
2. JOEY LOGANO, Team Penske No. 22 Ford — He’s one of a tip contenders for a championship with a approach he’s been running, and his starting mark is usually another denote of usually how most this group is on it. He won Texas in Apr and should be a cause during Phoenix.
3. MATT KENSETH, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota — After 7 wins in 2013, Kenseth is still looking for his initial win of 2014. Most expected won’t come during Martinsville, nonetheless he does have a second and a sixth in his past dual races during a track.
4. Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet — He’s starting fourth for a second time in a past 3 weeks. Hopes to have a improved finish than Charlotte, where he started fourth and finished 21st.
5. DENNY HAMLIN, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota — He’s still alive in a Chase and he’s during one of his best marks Sunday. Maybe a usually improved lane for him on a circuit is Homestead. So a win Sunday would all of a remarkable make him a favorite for a title.
6. BRAD KESELOWSKI, Team Penske No. 2 Ford — Is he hated? Is he loved? Does he care? Is he like Earnhardt? Or Stewart? Or Pearson? … Or is he usually Brad? He’s Brad, and he’s starting sixth Sunday.
7. Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet — Johnson has to be feeling bizarre to be racing during Martinsville though any shot during a title. But during Martinsville, where he has 8 wins, he’ll feel right during home.
8. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota — The motorist who could have a biggest beef of anyone with a new system, Busch had finishes of third and fifth before a mutilate and a 40th-place finish knocked him out during Talladega.
9. RYAN NEWMAN, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet — He’s good to go in a Chase after NASCAR ruled that physique repairs caused his automobile to be too low in postrace tech during Talladega.
10. Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet — Busch won during Martinsville in March, though there’s a opposite tire this time that could impact a setup. It’s his final competition with rookie organisation arch Daniel Knost, who will pierce to Danica Patrick’s group subsequent week while Patrick’s crew, led by Tony Gibson, will start operative with Busch.
11. CARL EDWARDS, Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford — If he’s to make it to a final round, he will need to substantially top-five his approach by a subsequent 3 races. Possible though not probable.
12. Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota — Went to a opening diversion of a World Series to hearten on his Royals and their day went most like a approach Bowyer’s deteriorate has gone.
13. JEFF GORDON, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet — Amazingly, Gordon’s a usually Hendrick motorist left in a Chase. But given a start of a Chase, he’s been a organization’s best wish for a title.
14. Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet — Not one of Menard’s best tracks. He’s never led a path during Martinsville and has an normal finish of 21st.
15. AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet — Solid starting mark for Allmendinger, who is 12th in a Cup standings after a reset following Talladega.
16. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet — Streak of 5 top 10s snapped with a 17th during Talladega. He was undone during Martinsville final time here as he finished 27th.
17. Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota — Vickers once had a Martinsville competition where it seemed everybody was insane during him. Whether he has a automobile to plea and kick and crash this time stays to be seen.
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford — He’s in a race, and that competence not seem like a large deal, though deliberation he missed final week’s, it kind of is. Oh, who are we kidding? Only 43 cars showed adult this week and this isn’t a restrictor image track.
19. Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet — Dillon was a important 15th in his initial Cup competition during Martinsville in March.
20. Casey Mears, Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet — Did himself a lot of good as he finished 10th final week in a Geico-sponsored competition during Talladega. His sponsors had to be happy with that one.
21. Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford — Team announced that Cheez-It will unite Biffle for name races subsequent season.
22. Justin Allgaier, HScott Motorsports No. 51 Chevrolet — His initial use got off to a bad start when something pennyless and he spun. So this starting mark is not unequivocally all that bad.
23. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet — Will this group have a vital letdown after not advancing in a Chase? While that would be disappointing, it’d be distinct after winning a Daytona 500 and meaningful they had a shot during a pretension given Week 1.
24. Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet — The burble finally detonate on Kahne final week during Talladega. Had to be disappointing, though spend so most time on a bubble, it’s firm to happen.
25. Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford — He was fifth in Mar for his best finish ever during Martinsville. Will be tough for him to tip that Sunday.
26. Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet — Truex didn’t validate all that good in March, either, as he started 31st and finished 21st.
27. Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford — Disappointing starting mark for Almirola, who will need to pattern all a calm he has to get by a field.
28. Landon Cassill, Mike Hillman Racing No. 40 Chevrolet — Enjoyed his best career finish final week when he placed fourth during Talladega. And we know what? Starting this high adult substantially feels scarcely as good.
29. David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford — Carrying a cold paint intrigue to respect 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott. Best partial of paint scheme: Painted on a side is “Mechanic: Me.” Scott was famous to get out and array his possess automobile during times.
30. Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet — Last competition with organisation arch Tony Gibson. It would be good to go out on a high note, that would be a tip 15 for her during Martinsville. From where she’s starting, that would be huge.
31. Reed Sorenson, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 36 Chevrolet — Posted best finish of his deteriorate with a 14th during Talladega final week. He altered adult a mark in a standings to 33rd.
32. Alex Bowman, BK Racing No. 23 Toyota — Will be among a drivers to demeanour during their starting mark and be repelled it’s in front of Kevin Harvick.
33. KEVIN HARVICK, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet — What a disproportion a year makes. A year ago, everybody was wondering either Harvick would even contest in this competition after bad-mouthing a Dillon brothers, lifting a madness of group owners Richard Childress. New group and in some ways a new opinion for Harvick. But was there kismet going on in qualifying? He’s starting in a outrageous hole.
34. David Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford — He will benefit spots by rubbing and staying out of trouble.
35. Josh Wise, Phil Parsons Racing No. 98 Chevrolet — Was a Ford final week during Talladega since that is what his group has for superspeedway cars and engine builder Mark Smith doesn’t make superspeedway motors.
36. Cole Whitt, BK Racing No. 26 Toyota — His 15th during Talladega was his best Cup finish in 32 career starts.
37. Michael Annett, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet — A mutilate left him a unsatisfactory 37th final week during Talladega. He will try to equivocate a identical predestine Sunday.
38. Clay Rogers, BK Racing No. 93 Toyota — Nice for Rogers to get this start though not awaiting this group to run a full race.
39. Travis Kvapil, Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet — Finished sixth for this group during Talladega, so because not use him during Martinsville?
40. JJ Yeley, BK Racing No. 83 Toyota — His goals for a competition will be to keep a automobile purify and wish for a best.
41. Timmy Hill, Team Xtreme No. 44 Chevrolet — This group has re-emerged and has Peter Sospenzo as organisation chief. It also has altered names from Xxxtreme Motorsports to Team Xtreme — maybe a prior chronicle was a small too xxxtreme (or looked like it was a name of a motorist with a porn star behind a wheel).
42. Kyle Fowler, Go FAS Racing No. 32 Ford — Terry Labonte late in this automobile final week. Now it’s time for a motorist creation his initial career Cup start. Fowler, 22, has 15 career Nationwide Series starts with a best of 20th during Indianapolis in 2013.
43. Mike Wallace, Jay Robinson Racing No. 66 Toyota — A veteran, he’ll be asked to move a automobile home in one piece.