Originally created 04/10/03

Racing facts - Virginia 500



VIRGINIA 500

WHERE: Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday

BROADCAST: Television - Fox (Ch. 54) at 12:30 p.m.; Radio - Motor Racing Network at 12:30 p.m.

TRACK DIMENSIONS: .526-mile oval with 12-degree banking.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Bobby Labonte

Track records: Pole qualifying - 95.371 mph by Tony Stewart on Sept. 30, 2000; race - 82.223 mph by Jeff Gordon on Sept. 26, 1996.

Race schedule: Pole qualifying Friday at 3 p.m. (Speed); final practice session Saturday at 11:10 a.m. (delayed until 7 p.m. on FX); driver introductions Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (Fox).

Keys to victory: Brakes and managing traffic.

Other key races: Friday - PFG Lester 150 (ARAC Re/Max Series) at Nashville Superspeedway (9 p.m., Speed); Lucas Oil 250 (USAR Hooters ProCup Series) at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway; Saturday - Advance Auto Parts 250 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) at Martinsville Speedway (1 p.m., Speed); Pepsi 300 (NASCAR Busch Series) at Nashville Superspeedway (4 p.m., FX); Sunday - Indy Japan 300 (IRL IndyCar Series) at Twin Ring Motegi (1 p.m., ABC); Long Beach Grand Prix (CART ChampCar World Series) at Streets of Long Beach, Calif. (4 p.m., Speed)