Mark Martin * Martinsville Speedway * Race No. 8
It was a question of survival for everyone but Mark Martin, who seemed to glide unscathed through the final 64 laps of the caution-filled, unholy mess at Martinsville. Martin's win was his first this year-joining winners Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Ward and Jeff Burton, and both Dale Earnhardts.
*Winner: Goody's Body Pain 500

Newsmakers
Tire Trouble
NASCAR ruled that teams be required to pick up right-side tires immediately following every pit stop or suffer a penalty. The new rule, implemented because of an unusually high incidence of stray tire mishaps, was to take effect beginning with the Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
NASCAR amended its mandatory standard-issue shock rule for the next superspeedway race. Instead of issuing four shocks and springs to each team, as it did in Daytona, NASCAR officials will issue only rear shocks and springs at Talladega. This allows crews to more finely tune the front of their racers, get them closer to the ground, and find that winning combination.

Quick Stat
Since the #25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet, piloted by Jerry Nadeau, debuted in the Daytona 500, the number of weekly visitors to the company's Web site has more than doubled.

point standings
... following Martinsville, race No. 8
1. Bobby Labonte 1246
2. Mark Martin 1210
3. Ward Burton 1159
4. Jeff Burton 1104
5. Dale Earnhardt 1102
6. Rusty Wallace 1084
7. Dale Jarrett 1050
8. Ricky Rudd 1004
9. Jeremy Mayfield 994
10. Tony Stewart 988

By The Numbers
8
The number of career wins at Bristol Motor Speedway held by its most recent victor, Rusty Wallace.

12
The number of starts before Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first race.

16
The number of starts before Dale Earnhardt won his first race.

17
The event-record number of yellow-flag cautions in the Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

$7,500
The amount of the fine imposed by NASCAR on crew chief Jeff Hammond for illegally placing weight in Chad Little's #97 John Deere Ford at Darlington Raceway.

84,000
The record crowd on hand to watch the sheetmetal carnage in the Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

$374,670
Earnhardt Jr.'s share of the winnings from the DirecTV.400 at Texas Motor Speedway.