NO. 1 BELKIN CHEVROLET COMES HOME 20TH
Results (starting pos.) from Martinsville Speedway
1. (5) Ryan Newman, No.39 Chevrolet
20. (20) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Belkin Chevrolet
21. (32) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
20th-Place Finish for Belkin Chevrolet at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 1, 2012) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made its second short-track stop of the 2012 season at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway. The tough Southern Virginia track has a reputation for beating and banging, but the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 was tame by usual standards. Long green-flag runs dominated the event as the race was only slowed by caution seven times for 56 laps. Jamie McMurray battled the conditions to bring the Belkin Chevrolet home in the 20th-position.
Friday’s two practice sessions were opposite ends of the spectrum for the No. 1 team. During the first practice crew chief Bono Manion felt the car was really good in race trim. The team tried several different race setup combinations in final practice in the afternoon session, but felt the first practice of the day was more productive based on what they would race on Sunday. Qualifying results from Saturday would have the Belkin Chevrolet lined up in the 20th-position.
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 started with a long green-flag run that would have the No. 1 Belkin Chevrolet one lap down before the first caution, and the first opportunity to make adjustments. McMurray battled to overcome the deficit and get in position to earn the “lucky dog” and regain position on the lead lap, however ensuing green-flag runs with limited cautions resulted with losing a second lap. In the end only 12 cars finished on the lead lap and McMurray would come home in 20th-position, two laps down from the winner.
McMurray commented, “Our car wasn’t too bad today, we just had those long green flag runs and never had a chance to make adjustments on our car. The guys on this Belkin Chevy worked hard to make up the laps, we just ran out of time.”
- This was McMurray’s 13th top-20 finish in 19 career starts at Martinsville
- Martinsville was the first time as a primary sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Belkin
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take a weekend off before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday night April 14 and will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with PRN at 7:30 pm ET.