2012 Tums Fast Relief 500 Picks
RIDGEWAY, VA (ATS Consultants) - The seventh race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on Sunday for the Tums Fast Relief 500.
The big news is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to race. He missed the last two races due to a concussion suffered on Aug. 29. Last year, Tony Stewart raced to victory as he passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead just after the restart with three laps remaining.
Gordon has seven wins at this track although his last win was seven seasonsago. Gordon also has nine poles at Martinsville. He was third a year ago so expect him to be near or at the front again this time around. His car was the class of the field at Martinsville in April. He started in 9th and took the lead on lap #22. He led 328 laps and earned the best driver rating (133.1). In 39 races he has 7 wins, 9 poles, and 31 top tens.
Newman was the spring race winner this year, but has had an inconsistent history at Martinsville. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver does have three poles including the fall race three years ago. He has qualified inside the top 10 in 15 of his 20 Cup starts at the track. His strong qualifying skills will help Newman start in the front and stay there
Almirola ran strong at Martinsville this spring and has been driving well lately. Aric owns a 20.5 average finish, with a top 10 on flat tracks this year. That top 10 was an eighth-place finish at Martinsville earlier in the year. This team has had fast cars ever since Todd Parrott has come aboard.
2012 Tums Fast Relief 500 Race Info
Race Date: Sunday, Oct. 28
Location: Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Start Time: 2pmET
Green Flag: Approx. 2:16pm ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Radio Coverage: Motor Racing Network (MRN/Sirius NASCAR Radio)
Track Type: 0.526 miles oval, 500 laps, 263miles
Last year's top 5
1. Tony Stewart (Start: 4)
2. Jimmie Johnson (7)
3. Jeff Gordon (10)
4. Kevin Harvick (5)
5. Denny Hamlin (11)
2011 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 68.648mph
2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 71.619mph
2009 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 73.633mph
2008 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 75.931mph