Thursday, March 31st
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER & UNLOAD
11:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
3:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS EXIT INFIELD
4:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, April 1st
6:30 AM *** HOT PASS IN EFFECT *** (ENTIRE INFIELD AREA)
9:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING ORDER
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
2:10 PM - 3:20 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, April 2nd
7:30 AM ***HOT PASS IN EFFECT***(ENTIRE INFIELD AREA)
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
11:45 AM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GOODYEAR TENT)
1:30 PM NCWTS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION - SECURITY–CLEAR PIT ROAD
2:00 PM NCWTS RACE (250 LAPS, 131.5 MILES)
2:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times are listed in local / Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.
Sauter wins at Martinsville: #13-Johnny Sauter, driving the ThorSport Racing Safe Auto/104 WTQR Country Chevrolet, took the lead from #18-Kyle Busch following a late race restart to win the 13th Annual Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Sauter was able get to the inside and underneath Busch with a slight nudge to the #18. He stayed low and the two gave each other room to race clean to the checkerd flag. This is Sauter's third series win, and as a result has taken over the top spot in the driver's point standings. Busch finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #2-Kevin Harvick, #17-Timothy Peters, #60-Cole Whitt, #3-Austin Dillon, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #9-Max Papis. There were 12 lead changes among 8 drivers, with 13 cautions for 61 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Martinsville Race Results Page.(Official)(4-4-2011)
Post Race Fast Facts:
13th Annual KROGER 250
Race Winner: Johnny Sauter
Team: No. 13 - Safe Auto / 104 WTQR Country Chevrolet
Owner: Mike Curb
Crew Chief: Joe Shear Jr.
*Johnny Sauter won the 13th Annual KROGER 250, his third victory in 65 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2011.
*This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in seven races at Martinsville Speedway. This is his first short track victory in the series.
*Kyle Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2011.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 18 races at Martinsville Speedway.
*Cole Whitt (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
*There were a track-record 12 lead changes.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, April 02, 2011 @ 04:37 PM Eastern)
Exide Start Positive, Stay Positive Award: Johnny Sauter, #13
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ricky Carmichael, #4 22 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Johnny Sauter, #13 95.463 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: E C R, #13
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Johnny Sauter, #13
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Parker Kligerman, #29 17 places
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cole Whitt, #60
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and finish)
Caution 1: #07-Caleb Roark, 19th
Caution 2: #07-Caleb Roark, 19th
Caution 3: #97-Matt Lofton-23rd
Caution 4: #32-Brad Sweet, 15th
Caution 5: #07-Caleb Roark, 19th
Caution 6: #2-Kevin Harvick, 4th
Caution 7: #07-Caleb Roark, 19th
Caution 8: #2-Kevin Harvick, 4th
Caution 9: #97-Matt Lofton-23rd
Caution 10: #29-Parker Kligerman 13th
Caution 11: #32-Brad Sweet, 15th
Caution 12: #5-Travis Kvapil 20th
Caution 13: #5-Travis Kvapil 20th
Driver point standings following Race #4 at Martinsville Speedway:
1) #13-Johnny Sauter, 150
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 145 -5
3) #17-Timothy Peters 143 -7
4) #60-Cole Whitt, 143 -7
5) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., 141 -9
6) #92-Clay Rogers 131 -19
7) #3-Austin Dillon, 130 -20
8) #30-Todd Bodine, 122 -28
9) #9-Max Papis, 121 - 29
10) #7-Miguel Paludo, 109 -41
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Martinsville Driver Standings Page.(Official)(4-4-2011)
Sauter wins Martinsville pole: #13-Johnny Sauter, driving the ThorSport Racing Safe Auto/104 WTQR Country Chevrolet was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 95.463 mph to win the pole for the 13th Annual Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. This is his third pole in 65 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Rounding out the top ten were; #60-Cole Whitt, #2-Kevin Harvick, #3-Austin Dillon, #18-Kyle Busch, #31-James Buescher, #88-Matt Crafton, #77-Justin Lofton, #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. DNQ-None. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Martinsville Lineup Page.(4-2-2011)Qualifying Fast Facts
Dillon leads Martinsville final practice: #3-Austin Dillon, driving the RCR Bass Pro Shops/Remington/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, was quickest in the final practice session for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a top speed of 94.775mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #77-Justin Lofton, #18-Kyle Busch, #31-James Buescher, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #30-Todd Bodine, #23-Jason White, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. There were two incidents on track during the session; #29-Parker Kligerman into the wall going into the turn, possibly a mechanical issue. Late in the session #34-Billy Keyes had just got out on the track for the first time, lost control bounced off the inside wall and collected #22 in the process causing significant damage to both trucks. There were 36 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(4-1-2011)
Harvick leads Martinsville opening practice: #2-Kevin Harvick, driving the KHI Tide/Kroger Chevrolet had the fastest lap with a top speed of 94.190mph to lead the first practice session for the 13th Annual Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #13-Johnny Sauter, #77-Justin Lofton, #18-Kyle Busch, #88-Matt Crafton, #60-Cole Whitt, #7-Miguel Paludo, #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #30-Todd Bodine. There were 35 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(4-1-2011)
Official Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the 13th Annual Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Of note; #25-Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota withdrawn; driver change for the #07 Caleb Roark now listed as driver for the Boys & Girls Club of Kingsport Chevrolet under the SS Green Light Racing banner; late entry, #34-Billy Keyes as driver for the BnB Racing Chevrolet. Complete entry list is posted on the Martinsville Entry List Page.(4-1-2011)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Martinsville Entry List Page.(3-28-2011)
#2-Kevin Harvick, making first 2011 start driving the KHI Tide/Kroger Chevrolet
#18-Kyle Busch, returns as driver for the Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota
#97-Matt Lofton, driver, Strutmasters.com Toyota; 1st 2011 start, 2nd series start(3-28-2011)
UPDATE: Team representative has confirmed that the #25 team will not be racing at Martinsville(3-31-2011)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 4 – Kroger 250
Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval) – Martinsville, Va.
Fast Facts for April 1-3, 2011
Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 400
Right-side -- 400
4 sets for weekend
Left-side -- D-4434
Right-side -- D-4436
Left-side -- 87.2 in.
Right-side -- 88.5 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi
Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 10 psi; Left Rear -- 10 psi Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi
Teams in both NASCAR series in action this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler"...this is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes...compared to what was run at Martinsville last year, this left-side tire features a tougher compound, while this right-side tire features a softer compound for more grip... as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.(Goodyear PR)(4-1-2011)
Truck Series News & Notes - Martinsville Speedway
Many Exciting Moments Led Up To Martinsville's 25th NCWTS Race
Going south -- to the heart of NASCAR country -- was among challenges facing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995. How would the sport's core fans accept pickup truck racing?
No need to worry. Fans packed the stands at Bristol, Tenn., Richmond, Va., North Wilkesboro, N.C. and Martinsville, Va. Martinsville remains one of the most popular stops, hosting its 25th event, the Kroger 250, on Saturday.
Here's a look back at notable races held on the .526-mile oval:
Kroger 250 Offers New Insights For Sunoco Rookie Contenders
Martinsville Speedway has a reputation for “schooling” rookie drivers, the majority of which, ironically, come to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series via short-track competition.
Increased weight and horsepower and radial tires make trucks considerably different from late model and modified cars, turning the venue into a completely different short-track equation that some have mastered and many -- especially in the spring -- have left shaking their heads.
Here's a Martinsville Kroger 250 Sunoco Rookie of the Year snapshot over the past 10 seasons:
Green Light Racing has fielded at least one truck in 249 consecutive races. The Kroger 250 will mark No. 250. The streak began Feb. 16, 2001 when Bobby Dotter -- who continues to hold a managerial position with the team -- finished 14th at Daytona. ... Other Martinsville milestones: Hornaday goes for his 136th top-five finish to match Jack Sprague's NCWTS career record. Defending Kroger 250 winner Kevin Harvick (No. 2 Tide/Kroger Chevrolet) bids for his 50th series top 10. With a victory, Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota) would match Setzer's record for most consecutive seasons (eight) with at least one win. ... Hornaday, age 52, has won 12 times since turning 50. A second consecutive Martinsville victory would match Ruttman's career total -- most in any NASCAR national series by a driver age 50 or older. Hornaday's crew chief, Jeff Hensley, is a Martinsville-area native. His 10 series victories include Mike Skinner's Martinsville sweep in 2007. ... Kevin Harvick Inc. goes for a third consecutive Martinsville victory, unprecedented since the track scheduled a second race in 2003. ... Turn One Racing's crew chief Marcus Richmond (who backs Whitt) also calls Martinsville Speedway his home track hailing from nearby Leasburg, N.C.
Truck Series News & notes - Open Week, March 22, 2011
International Flavor In 2011 For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing has gone international in 2011, boasting a trio of foreign-born competitors who are competing full time.
Italy's Max Papis and Brazil's Miguel Paludo and Nelson Piquet Jr. continue a tradition that dates to the series' very first race in 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Canada's Jerry Churchill was the first foreign-born competitor to take a NCWTS green flag, finishing 23rd in the inaugural race. The Churchill family, Jerry and Randy, made history several months later at Bristol Motor Speedway, becoming the first father and son to compete in the same race.
Papis, who has competed fulltime in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is off to the best start, ranking ninth in the standings after three races. Paludo owns the best finish -- fourth in the season opener at Daytona. Piquet's best finish, sixth, came in his series debut at Daytona in 2010.
"I took a lot gambles to come over and race NASCAR,"said Papis. "I made a promise to my father that I would do this, become the first ever Italian racer besides Mario Andretti to race and win in NASCAR. I am a determined guy and I will make this happen this year."
Martinsville: First Of Season's Five Short Track Races
Martinsville Speedway's 25th running of one of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' longest-standing events on April 2 marks a return to the series' roots. Martinsville is one of only four tracks on the 2011 schedule that were part of the series' inaugural season in which 15 of 20 races were contested on tracks of less than one mile in length.
Five short track races are scheduled in 2011, the first being next week's Kroger 250.
How challenging is Martinsville? Consider:
With a victory, Hornaday can match Joe Ruttman's NCWTS record for most wins by a driver 50 years and older (13). That's the most wins by any over-50 driver in a NASCAR national series. ... Johnny Sauter and his wife Cortney are expecting their second child, due the Monday following Martinsville. ... Johanna Long recently helped celebrate Women's History Week at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Her fellow panel members included a NASA astronaut. ... Dakoda Armstrong, a 19-year-old, fourth generation farmer from New Castle, Ind., will join ThorSport Racing as teammate to Crafton and Sauter. Armstrong and his family are one of the Midwest's largest producers of corn for ethanol ...700,000 bushels equaling 1.9 million gallons annually. The 2010 ARCA rookie of the year expects to make his debut on July 16 at Iowa Speedway. NASCAR introduced Sunoco Green E15 fuel across all three national series in 2011. ... Joey Coulter is spending the back-to-back open weeks on the schedule focusing on his classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He's a mechanical engineering student and says his courses are helping him in his racing and his relationship with his crew chief and engineer.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-22-2011)
Truck Series News & notes - Open Week, March 15, 2011
Buescher Buries Phoenix Disappointment With Solid Darlington Finish
James Buescher was down, but assuredly is not out, following his fifth-place finish in last Saturday's race at Darlington Raceway.
Buescher's failure to qualify at Phoenix International Raceway lit a fire under the 20-year-old Texan, who went to last weekend's third of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races with more than a little to prove. And prove it he did.
Buescher, who turns 21 a week before the April 2 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway, is on the cusp of claiming his first NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, having finished second twice, including a heart-breaking, quarter-second loss to Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota), who made the winning pass on the final restart last fall at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Whitt Bests Illustrious Company With Flashy Rookie Start
Cole Whitt has gone where no Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has gone before.
The Californian ranks second in the championship standings following Darlington Raceway's Too Tough To Tame 200 -- the highest ever by a freshman after the season's first three races. The previous best ranking was third by five rookies including current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors Kurt Busch and David Reutimann.
The 19-year-old Whitt certainly has turned heads in just four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearances capped by a pole position performance and eighth-place finish at Darlington. Whitt headed the field twice, marking the first laps he's led in the series.
Whitt was the only rookie to record a top-10 finish at Darlington, backing up a run of sixth at Phoenix International Raceway.
The 2008 U.S. Auto Club national midget champion isn't the only competitor who continues to exceed pre-season expectations.
Clay Rogers remains among the top five in the points standings. Rogers and his lightly sponsored team ranked first after the Daytona season opener and currently hold third. Max Papis is ninth following his third consecutive lead lap finish. Jeffrey Earnhardt is the second rookie to rank among the top 10 in the No. 10 position.
Forget Champions' Slow Start Because Here They Come
After slow starts, it looks like runner-up finisher at Darlington Ron Hornaday Jr. and third-place Todd Bodine have rebounded.
Turner Motorsports has signed Exide Technologies as primary sponsor for 10 races. James Buescher will carry the company's colors in eight events; Mark Martin in two at Michigan and Pocono. Buescher is entered in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. ...Mike Skinner and his wife Angie will present their Fifth Annual Toyota Skinner Roundup in Daytona Beach March 16-17 at Daytona International Speedway and Spruce Creek Country Club. The event has raised more the $500,000 for various Volusia County charities. ...Ron Hornaday Jr.'s 193rd top-10 finish eclipsed the record he shared with Jack Sprague. He needs three more top fives to break Sprague's mark of 135. ...Timothy Peters is the only driver after three races to rank among the top three in 2010 and 2011. Peters was first a year ago and currently is third.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-15-2011)
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