Kahne has only one top ten in his last four races, but has an average finish of But what about the other two drivers? Patrick has one top ten, three finishes inside the top 25 and an average finish of View all NFL Sites. View all NBA Sites. View all MLB Sites. View all NHL Sites. No one should be expecting a win from Gordon or even Tony Stewart for that matter. Gordon led at least 20 laps in all three of those races, totaling He also is the defending race winner and has the best average finish of active drivers in the last four races with an even 4.
Stewart on the other hand has a top-five, top-ten and a finish of 20th in his last three races at Martinsville. So why the gamble? Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth have history at Martinsville, see above. Two non-Chase drivers are worth additional looks. In the spring race, he suffered a flat tire and other problems that left him eight laps down. However, if Newman can manage to score a lead lap finish on Sunday's race, there's a good chance he'll knock in a top finish.
Newman has 15 career lead lap finishes on the half-mile and 11 of them have produced top finishes. Newman also holds the third-best average running position at Martinsville Should he replicate his spring Martinsville performance on Sunday, it'll get even better. McMurray was the highest-finishing B-List driver in April with a seventh-place run.
It was an all-around good day for McMurray, as he started 13th and steadily moved forward. For his career, McMurray averages a 17th-place finish at Martinsville. Sadler, in 24 starts, has notched just three top 10s. But Sadler is a C-List driver who gets to wheel a car that finished 11th at Martinsville in April with Vickers behind the wheel.
Even he manages just a top from the effort, it'll be a start that's at least as successful as any other in the C-List. It's not exactly the most revelatory of a database for a driver who has struggled so mightily for much of the season. Patrick, however, scored her second-best finish of back in April when she finished on the lead lap in 12th.
The finish was more a lesson in Patrick picking off spots from those ahead of her through attrition, but it's still a reasonable feat for any rookie at the tight track.