Martinsville: NASCAR green flag start time, pole, and starting lineup

And your winner is: Jimmie Johnson

The drivers are at Martinsville for the Tums Fast Relief 500 today for the seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race. Six-time Martinsville race winner, Jimmie Johnson is on the pole, his speed of 927.598 edged out Brian Vickers for the top spot, who is making his last start of 2012 season, in the #55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.  Johnson has finished in the top ten in 18 of his 21 starts.

Who else to watch for at Martinsville?  Denny Hamlin.  Hamlin is starting in fifth position and has finished in the top ten 12 of his 14 races at the track. He has seven wins. Hamlin also won yesterdays Camping World Series Truck race at Martinsville.

Because Martinsville has no lights, NASCAR has to get the race started earlier than at most Chase tracks. Green flag is set for 1:43p.m

The race is 500 laps.

Brad Keselowski, current points leader, had a bad qualifying run, and is starting in 32nd.

Other notables about this race:  A.J Allmendinger is in the #51 of Phoenix Racing again this weekend. David Ragan is driving the awesome Where’s Waldo carDale Earnhardt Jr. is coming back after missing the last two races due to a concussion suffered at Talladega, but this also means Regan Smith will not be driving this weekend.

Starting lineup for Martinsville

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson
2. #55 Brian Vickers
3. #18 Kyle Busch
4. #31 Jeff Burton
5. #11 Denny Hamlin
6. #17 Matt Kenseth
7. #14 Tony Stewart
8. #15 Clint Bowyer
9. #27 Paul Menard
10. #43 Aric Almirola
11   #24 Jeff Gordon
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr.
13. #29 Kevin Harvick
14. #20 Joey Logano
15. #5 Kasey Kahne
16 #34 David Ragan
17. #39 Ryan Newman
18. #47 Bobby Labonte
19. #78 Kurt Busch
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
21. #98 Michael McDowell
22. #13 Casey Mears
23. #99 Carl Edwards
24. #1 Jamie McMurray
25. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya
26. #51 AJ Allmendinger
27. #22 Sam Hornish Jr.
28. #32 Ken Schrader
29. #10 David Reutimann
30. #16 Greg Biffle
31 #26 Josh Wise
32. #2 Brad Keselowski
33 #9 Marcos Ambrose
34. #83 Landon Cassill
35. #38 David Gilliland
36. #23 Scott Riggs
37. #36 Dave Blaney
38. #87 joe Nemechek
39. #91 Reed Sorenson
40. #30 David Stremme
41. #93 Travis Kvapil
42. #33 Stephen Leicht
43. #95 Scott Speed

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