Stats Prove Martinsville A Favorite Stop For Earnhardt

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is always a threat at Martinsville Speedway.

The best-kept secret in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career may be his short-track skill, especially at Martinsville Speedway.

Statistically Martinsville Speedway is one of Earnhardt Jr.’s best tracks and he has momentum on his side headed into Sunday’s Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger after finishing second last week.

He’s led 868 laps on the half-mile oval, his personal best at any Sprint Cup track.

“Martinsville is just a fun place, really fun track to race on. I think the fans get a great event,” said Earnhardt. “They get a great show when we're there. It's some of the best short track racing in the country that you can see. I feel like it's always a lot of fun.

According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt is ranked fourth in the driver rating category at Martinsville with a score of 98.8.

In 27 Cup starts at Martinsville, Earnhardt has scored 10 top-five finishes and 14 top-10s and has two second-place finishes and a third to his credit. The 10 top-five finishes are also a personal best among Sprint Cup tracks

Earnhardt ranks third among drivers for laps run in the top 15 during the last 17 races at Martinsville.

On-track action begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the first of two practice sessions for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The second truck series practice is at 10:30 a.m.

The Sprint Cup cars take to the track at noon Friday for a 90-minute practice.

Qualifying for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger is set for 3:40 on Friday followed by Kroger 200 qualifying.

Fan gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Great tickets remain for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger starting at just $42.

Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 and $35 on race day. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, October 25 are $15. Youth 12 and under are admitted free on both October 25 and 26.

To purchase tickets for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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