NASCAR Cup array during Martinsville: Starting lineup breakdown

5:54 PM ET

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Stewart-Haas Racing has all 4 of a drivers among a 8 finalists.

It was usually dual years ago that Joe Gibbs Racing achieved a same attainment with Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin creation it to a third (semifinal) round.

Two of those drivers — Busch and Edwards — reached a championship round.

“It puts some-more aria on a emporium apparently to have to furnish some-more size cars to go to a racetrack any and each week,” Busch said. “Everybody puts all into all their things all a time, though there’s that total proclivity when we are in a Round of 8 so we usually consider that compounds itself when we have to go with 4 contra usually one.”

Busch indicated it can be some-more formidable to have all 4 teammates opposed for a 4 playoff spots.

“When we have 4 guys in there, we have 4 that are essay to have really, unequivocally good, plain days and a teammate diversion isn’t indispensably teammates,” Busch said. “It’s all about yourself all a time when we have all 4 in contra when we have usually myself being authorised now.

“There’s event for me to get some tardy cut my approach by my teammates that we wouldn’t indispensably ask them to or design them to. They apparently have to competition for what they feel is right as well.”

Kevin Harvick sits second in a standings and now 39 points forward of a cutoff interjection to his 7 wins and 54 playoff points. The rest of a SHR quick now is on a outward looking in — Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch 3 points behind and Aric Almirola during 12 points behind.

“You are teammates, though it’s tough for me to contend some people are not going to be maybe some-more tight-lipped in meetings and with their records and what they would be regularly,” pronounced JGR motorist Denny Hamlin about carrying teammates among a final eight. “Things didn’t unequivocally change a whole lot for us from a standpoint [in 2016].

“But positively you’re like, ‘Man, do we wish to keep slicing my teammates breaks when they’re a ones we have to beat.'”

Of course, SHR insists it will be a group effort.

“A sum group bid opposite a house is a reason we have all 4 cars in a Round of 8,” Bowyer said. “We have half of a battle. we consider that given of a eagerness to concur with one another from a motorist standpoint and a eagerness to work with one another from a organisation chiefs, engineering and all involved.”

The SHR drivers have total for 11 wins this year — Harvick with seven, Bowyer with dual and Busch and Almirola with one apiece.

“When we know we have a automobile that can win, there is usually a glow that browns inside we and a competition team,” Almirola said. “You usually uncover adult during a lane and you’re prepared to flog some butt.”

The normal finish of remaining playoff drivers during Martinsville: Kyle Busch (12.7), Bowyer (13.5), Joey Logano (13.8), Harvick (15.5), Chase Elliott (18.2), Martin Truex Jr. (19.0), Almirola (22.0) and Kurt Busch (21.4).

Martinsville wins among playoff drivers: Kyle Busch (2), Kurt Busch (2), Bowyer (1) and Harvick (1).

Elliott pronounced he hasn’t seen an additional concentration on him as a usually Hendrick Motorsports car.

“I don’t unequivocally see that day-to-day,” he said. “I haven’t beheld it. Honestly, we unequivocally don’t consider a routine or credentials or how things work in a emporium has unequivocally changed.

“And we consider if we change that now, it would kind of be disrupting a normal flow. … That routine is trustworthy, and we trust in that obviously, a group does and everybody that is concerned in a No. 9 group does, so we usually don’t consider there is any need in changing that anyway. we consider things for us will stay flattering standing quo and we will see how it plays out.”

This is a lineup for Sunday’s FirstData 500 (2:30 p.m., NBCSN):

1. Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota): Busch led 184 laps on a approach to a win during Martinsville a year ago. That was his second career feat during a lane where he has led 1,324 laps, including 24 on his approach to a second-place finish in March.

2. Clint Bowyer (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford): Bowyer led 215 laps on his approach to a win in March, his third uninterrupted top-10 during a track. He started ninth in that race.

3. Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota): Hamlin has 5 career Cup wins during Martinsville. Since his final win, he has finishes of third, 39th, third, 30th, seventh and 12th. He led 111 laps in Mar before settling for 12th. Why should a margin be disturbed about Hamlin? Hamlin after subordinate third: “We were not really quick in a brief runs, so this is a really pleasing warn for us that we competent as good we did as built for a prolonged run as a automobile is.”

4. Ryan Blaney (Team Penske No. 12 Ford): Blaney led 145 laps and finished third during Martinsville in March, his second uninterrupted top-10 during a track.

5. Aric Almirola (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford): Almirola has no finish improved than 12th in his past 8 Martinsville starts. He was 14th in March.

6. Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford): Busch does not have a top-10 finish given his Mar 2014 feat during Martinsville. He started 11th and finished 11th in March.

7. Brad Keselowski (Team Penske No. 2 Ford): Keselowski won during Martinsville in Apr 2017 and led 224 laps during Martinsville final year. He led usually one path in Mar and finished 10th.

8. Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota): Suarez hopes to have a good finish in his final 4 races during JGR, though Martinsville could be a tough ask. He has a best of 15th in 3 career Cup starts during a track.

9. Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet): Larson has one top-10 in 9 career Cup starts during Martinsville. He seeks his initial top-10 given finishing third in Apr 2016.

10. Joey Logano (Team Penske No. 22 Ford): Logano has led 516 laps during Martinsville though still seeks his initial win during a track. He has started in a tip 3 in 8 of his past 9 starts and in a tip 6 in all of his past 11 starts. He started third and finished sixth in March.

11. William Byron (Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet): Byron started 20th and finished 20th in his initial Cup start during Martinsville in March.

12. Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford): Harvick has back-to-back fifth-place finishes during Martinsville, a place where he won in Apr 2011. He has not led a path in his past 4 starts during a track.

13. Chris Buescher (JTG Daugherty Racing No. 37 Chevrolet): Buescher seeks his initial top-10 as he enters his seventh career Cup competition during Martinsville.

14. Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet): Bowman did not have a top-20 in his initial 4 Martinsville starts and afterwards posted a seventh behind in March.

15. AJ Allmendinger (JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet): Martinsville has been one of Allmendinger’s best marks as he has finishes of second, 10th, sixth and eighth among his past 5 starts during a track.

16. Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet): Newman, who won a Apr 2012 competition during a track, has one top-5 and 4 top-10s in 12 Martinsville races given that victory.

17. Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet): McMurray finished top-10 in 9 of his initial 14 Cup starts during Martinsville. He has 3 in his past 9 and has finished outward a tip 25 in his past three.

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford): Stenhouse has never led a path in 11 career starts during Martinsville, where his best finish is 10th.

19. Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet): Probably few can forget what happened to Elliott a year ago during Martinsville as he was heading late (he led 123 laps in a race) before he tangled with Denny Hamlin. He finished ninth in March.

20. Michael McDowell (Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford): McDowell has finishes from 18th to 21st in 3 of his past 4 Martinsville starts.

21. Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota): Jones has a career-best finish of 12th in 3 Cup starts during Martinsville.

22. Ross Chastain (Premium Motorsports No. 15 Chevrolet): He was 29th during Martinsville in March. He has 6 career lorry starts during a lane with a best of seventh.

23. Ty Dillon (Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet): Martinsville hasn’t been kind to Dillon, who still seeks his initial top-20 during a lane after 3 career starts.

24. Matt Kenseth (Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford): Kenseth has top-10s in his past 3 starts during Martinsville. This really good could be a place of his best finish this year as he seeks his initial top-10 in his 13th start.

25. Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet): Dillon has dual career top-5s during Martinsville, a place where he has never started improved than 12th — and that was in Mar when a drivers lined adult by points.

26. Matt DiBenedetto (Go Fas Racing No. 32 Ford): DiBenedetto has not finished improved than 29th in 7 career Martinsville starts.

27. Regan Smith (Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Chevrolet): Smith hasn’t competed during Martinsville in a Cup automobile in dual years. He hasn’t had a top-10 in his 12 Cup starts during a track.

28. Cole Whitt (TriStar Motorsports No. 72 Chevrolet): Whitt was 27th during Martinsville in March.

29. DJ Kennington (Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 Toyota): Kennington was a late deputy for Jeffrey Earnhardt. The group would not criticism on a change.

30. Joey Gase (StarCom Racing No. 00 Chevrolet): Gase creates his seventh Cup start of a season. He competed in a Cup competition in Apr 2016 during Martinsville and finished 36th.

31. Hermie Sadler (Premium Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet): Sadler is creation his initial Cup start of a season. The Virginia local has sponsorship from a Virginia Lottery.

32. Landon Cassill (StarCom Racing No. 99 Chevrolet): Cassill has a career best of 19th in 16 career Martinsville starts.

33. Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota): For a group looking to quell a slump, Martinsville competence be a good place for Truex. He has finishes of second and fourth in his past dual starts during a lane (although he led usually 4 laps total in those dual races). Prior to final October, Truex had a fibre of 10 uninterrupted Martinsville starts though a top-5. He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning.

34. Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet): With 9 career wins during Martinsville, Johnson should be a favorite. But with finishes of 15th, 12th and 15th in his past 3 starts, he has mislaid that designation. He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning.

35. Paul Menard (Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford): He mislaid his starting position for changing an engine before tech following an impound. He will have to dump to a back during a start for an engine change.

36. David Ragan (Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford): He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning.

37. Bubba Wallace (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford): Wallace has dual lorry victories during Martinsville (including his initial career lorry win in Oct 2013), though a lane didn’t provide him good in March, when he finished 34th in a Cup race. He crashed in subordinate and will dump to a back during a start in a backup car. He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning. He will have to dump during a back during a start for engine change.

38. JJ Yeley (BK Racing No. 23 Toyota): He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning.

39. Jeb Burton (Rick Ware Racing No. 51 Ford): He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning.

40. Timmy Hill (Motorsports Business Management No. 66 Toyota): He mislaid his starting position for unwell tech Sunday morning.

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