NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Martinsville Race Info, Links and News

THE RACE: Kroger 250

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #2 of 22 for the 2012 season

Last Race: Daytona International Speedway


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Official Race Report

Race / Track Info

  • Race Date: Saturday - March 31, 2012

  • Title Sponsor: Kroger 250
  • Start Time: 1:30pm/et
  • 2011 Winner: Johnny Sauter
  • 2011 Pole: Johnny Sauter
  • Track Layout: .526-Mile Oval
  • Length: 250 Laps, 131.5 Miles
  • Degree of Banking in Corners: 12 degrees
  • Degree of Banking on Straights: 0 degrees
  • Length of Frontstretch: 800 feett
  • Length of Backstretch: 800 feet

Television Coverage/TV Team

  • TV: SPEEDtv
    Friday, March 30th
    Final Practice: 2:00pm/et
    Saturday March 31st
    Qualifying: 10:00am/et
    Pre-race: 1:00pm/et
    Race: 1:30pm/et
    In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
    Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
    Pre-race Host: Krista Voda

Radio Coverage

Event Schedule

    Thursday, March 29th

    Friday, March 30th
    11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NCWTS PRACTICE

    Saturday, March 31st
    1:30 PM NCWTS RACE (250 LAPS, 131.5 MILES)

    Note: All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.

Race and links

  • Martinsville Official Race Report Page (pdf) .(4-2-2012)

  • Harvick wins at Martinsville: Pole-sitter #2-Kevin Harvick led a record-breaking 248 laps to take home the win for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. This is Harvick's 3rd victory at Martinsville; his 14th series overall. Teammate #3-Ty Dillon finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #6-Justin Lofton, #17-Timothy Peters, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #08-Ross Chastain, #18-Jason Leffler, #7-John King, #23-Jason White. There were 2 lead changes among 2 drivers with 7 caution flags for 49 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Martinsville Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(3-31-2012)

  • Post-Race Fast Facts:
    Martinsville Speedway
    14th Annual Kroger 250
    Race Winner: Kevin Harvick(i) Age: 36
    Team: No. 2 - Tide / Kroger Chevrolet
    Owner: Delana Harvick
    Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond, II
    *Kevin Harvick(i) won the 14th Annual Kroger 250, his 14th victory in 118 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2012.
    *This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Ty Dillon (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2012.
    *James Buescher (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Ty Dillon (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    *John King # leads the point standings by 1 points over Timothy Peters.
    *Kevin Harvick's 248 laps led is an all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record. The previous record was 246, by Mike Skinner at Martinsville on March 31, 2007
    . (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, March 31, 2012 @ 04:14 PM Eastern)(3-31-2012)

  • Race Awards:
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ross Chastain, #08 21 Places
    Keystone Light Pole Award: Kevin Harvick, #2 95.665 mph
    Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #2
    Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3
    Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3(NASCAR Statistics)(3-31-2012)

  • Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and finish)
    Caution 1: 07-Jake Crum, 18th
    Caution 2: 7-John King, 9th
    Caution 3: 39-Ryan Sieg, 32nd
    Caution 4: 88-Matt Crafton, 24th
    Caution 5 9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 16th
    Caution 6: 60-J.R. Fitzpatrick 12th
    Caution 7: 81-David Starr, 14th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-31-2012)

  • Driver Point Standings following Race #2 at Martinsville:
    1) #7-John King, 82
    2) #17-Timothy Peters, 81 -1
    3) #6-Justin Lofton, 81 -1
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 78 -4
    5) #23-Jason White, 74 -8
    6) #31-James Buescher, 69 -13
    7) #29-Parker Kligerman, 66 -16
    8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 61 -21
    9) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 58 -24
    10)#11-Todd Bodine, 57 -25
    Complete driver point standings are posted on the Martinsville Driver Standings Page (pdf).(Unofficial)(3-31-2012)

  • Owner point standings: following the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway are posted on the Martinsville Owner Standings Page (pdf).(Unofficial)(xxxx-2012)

Qualifying Results, Practice Speeds, Entry and links

  • Martinsville Pit Stall Selections
  • Harvick wins Martinsville pole: Kevin Harvick, driving the #2-Tide / Kroger Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, had the fastest qualifying lap with a top speed of 95.665 mph to win the pole for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Ty Dillon, #17-Timothy Peters, #33-Cale Gale, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #6-Justin Lofton, #27-Jeb Burton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #31-James Buescher, #70-Jeff Agnew. Did not qualify: #38-BJ McCleod, #65-Tyler Tanner, #57-Norm Benning, #75-Caleb Holman, #50-Natalie Sather, #84-Chris Fontaine, #10, Chris Lafferty. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Martinsville Lineup (pdf)(3-31-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Martinsville Speedway
    14th Annual Kroger 250
    Keystone Light Pole Winner: Kevin Harvick(i)

    Age: 36
    Team: No. 2 - Tide / Kroger Chevrolet
    Owner: Delana Harvick
    Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond, II
    *Kevin Harvick(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Kroger 250 with a lap of 19.794 seconds, 95.665 mph.
    *This is his third pole in 118 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2012.
    *This is his first pole in 14 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Timothy Peters (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his first in two races this season.
    *Ty Dillon (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie
    . (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, March 31, 2012 @ 12:19 PM Eastern)(3-31-2012)

  • Piquet quickest in final practice at Martinsville: Nelson Piquet Jr., driving the #30-AutoTrac/Qualcomm Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 95.022 mph to lead the final practice session for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #29-Parker Kligerman, #32-Miguel Paludo, #13-Johnny Sauter, #6-Justin Lofton, #11-Todd Bodine, #33-Cale Gale, #22-Joey Coulter, #88-Matt Crafton, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr. There were 42 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Martinsville Final Practice Speeds Page (pdf).(3-30-2012)

  • Harvick fastest in opening practice at Martinsville: Kevin Harvick, driving the #2-Tide/Kroger Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, led the opening practice session for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a top speed of 94.742 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Jason Leffler, #11-Todd Bodine, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #22-Joey Coulter, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #27-Jeb Burton, #6-Justin Lofton, #70-Jeff Agnew, #17-Timothy Peters. There were 43 trucks on track for the first session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Martinsville Practice Speeds Page (pdf).(3-30-2012)

  • Official Entry List: There are 43 trucks listed on the final entry list for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Martinsville Entry List Page.(3-30-2012)

  • Preliminary Entry List: There are 42 trucks listed as entered for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Martinsville Entry List Page.(3-26-2012)
    Some Notes:
    #2-Kevin Harvick, first 2012 start, driving the Tide Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
    #07-Jake Crum, switching from the JJCR #0 to the #07-Bandit Chippers Chevrolet for SS Greenlight Racing
    #09-John Wes Townley, making first 2012 start, driving the TBA Toyota for RAB Racing
    #14-Brennan Newberry, making series debut driving the Ironclad Chevrolet for Bob Newberry Racing
    #27-Jeb Burton, making series debut driving the State Water Heaters Chevrolet for Michael Hillman Racing
    #50-Natalie Sather, making series debut driving the TBA Chevrolet for MAKE Motorsports
    #65-Tyler Tanner, making first 2012 start, second series overall, driving the EF65 Handcleaner/Mittler Bros. Ford for MB Motorsports
    #70-Jeff Agnew, making first 2012 start, TBA Chevrolet with owner Edward Asbury
    #75-Caleb Holman, making series debut driving the Food Country USA Chevrolet for Henderson Motorsports(3-26-2012)
    #8-Jennifer Jo Cobb; driver change, switch from #10 to #8-TBA RAM
    #10-Driver TBA, JJCR RAM(3-28-2012)

Goodyear Tire Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
    Race No. 2 -- Kroger 250
    Fast Facts for March 30-April 1, 2012

    Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 325
    Right-side -- 325

    Set limits:
    4 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4312
    Right-side -- D-4468

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm)
    Right-side -- 88.6 (2,251 mm)

    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

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series ran at Martinsville last October . . . this right-side tire code (D-4468) is the same one Sprint Cup teams ran on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen in 2011 and will run at Infineon and Watkins Glen in 2012 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.(Goodyear PR)(3-28-2012)

NASCAR News & Notes

  • NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Martinsville Speedway

    Past Two Spring Winners Sauter, Harvick Ready To Battle Again
    Two competitors with victories in the past three spring races at Martinsville Speedway will face off again in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250. † Johnny Sauter, last year's race winner, returns with his #13 ThorSport Racing team hoping to erase the disappointment of a season that could have been. Sauter led the points through much of 2011 before finishing runner-up to now NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon. Sauter, now driving a Toyota, passed Kyle Busch to lead the final two laps a year ago then finished fourth -- a spot behind championship rival Dillon -- in the track's fall Kroger 200.
    To successfully defend his 2011 victory, Sauter will have to out-race 2009-10 Kroger 250 winner Kevin Harvick. † Harvick won in his own Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet but returns to Martinsville to make his debut in a Richard Childress Racing entry. † Harvick finished fourth to Sauter a year ago but is among the top active performers in Martinsville. The Bakersfield, Calif. veteran counts his two wins among six top-five and eight top-10 finishes in his 13 starts. His 2010 victory was among the track's most dominant performances as Harvick led 187 of 250 laps. † Former series rookie of the year David Reutimann is the only other NASCAR Sprint Cup points-eligible driver entered in Saturday's race.

    Red Horse Racing Hopes To Carry Daytona Momentum To Martinsville
    This week figures to be a big one for Red Horse Racing, which hopes to back up its one-two and sixth-place finishes in February's season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Red Horse, jointly owned by Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond, has enjoyed an extended celebration of the team's Daytona Speedweeks performance -- and Sunoco Rookie of the Year John King's race victory and spot atop the NASCAR Camping World Truck points standings. King will make his second Martinsville appearance Saturday, having previously finished 19th in the track's 2010 fall race at the wheel of an SS Green Light Racing entry.
    Daytona runner-up Timothy Peters is no stranger to Martinsville. It's Peters' home track and the site of his first NASCAR Camping World Truck victory in the fall of 2009.
    The organization's third entry is Todd Bodine, who's chasing a third NASCAR Camping World Truck championship on a race-to-race basis. Bodine, the sixth-place finisher in Daytona, remains winless on series tracks measuring less than a mile. He'd very much like to make his 17th trip to Martinsville the race that ends the streak. Bodine, who went to high school in nearby Rocky Mount, Va., has second-place finishes at the track in 2007 and 2009.

    Kroger 250 A Coming Out Party For Series Newcomers
    Martinsville Speedway is a great place to start your NCWTS career. The 0.526-mile track is the smallest on the schedule and arguably the most demanding, requiring driver-to-crew chief communication on the truck's set-up and the patience to keep the emotions in check while ignoring the bumping and banging.
    Do well in the Kroger 250 and a driver is well on his or her way to success. Several newcomers hope to make their series debuts on Saturday:

  • Jeb Burton, 19, Halifax, Va., is the latest competitor to join one of Virginia's most storied families on the NASCAR national series level. His father, Ward, is the 2002 Daytona 500 winner. Burton's Uncle, Jeff, is a 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner.
  • Caleb Holman, 28, Abingdon, Va., made five NNS starts between 2003 and 2007.
  • Brennan Newberry, 22, Bakersfield, Calif., has nine K&N Pro Series West starts under his seatbelt with a best finish of fifth in last year's race at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Natalie Sather, 27, Shelby, N.C., finished second in NASCAR Whelen late model points at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. The Drive for Diversity graduate, whose nickname is "Speed," is a former Knoxville (Iowa) Speedway 360 sprint car rookie of the year.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Jeff Hensley hails from Ridgeway, Va., and has a knack for finding the right combination at his home track. In addition to winning with Peters in the fall of 2009, Hensley helmed Mike Skinner's Martinsville season sweep in 2007. He's bidding for NCWTS win #13 with 2010 Martinsville fall winner Ron Hornaday Jr. ... Hornaday's owner, Joe Denette, is from Fredericksburg, Va.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-27-2012)

  • NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Open Week, March 20, 2012

    Jason White Pursues Elusive First Win As Driver/Owner
    Jason White is determined to get it right. Based on his new team's success in February's season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, that long-sought-after first victory finally may be just around the corner.  The 32-year-old Virginian can't predict where or when he'll finally reach Victory Lane. His next start, at Martinsville Speedway, would be the perfect place to end a 130-race drought.
    White, a series regular since 2008, finished fifth in Daytona after leading 16 laps, accomplishing half of the past season's top-five finishes in the first start of 2012. A decision to go back to the future, so to speak, appears to have put the onetime go-kart champion on the right path.
    "We ran our own team a few years ago and we had kept the shop and some of the equipment so that gave us a good start on getting things put back together," said White, who grew up in the Richmond area. "After driving for some other teams the last few years, it just seemed to make sense to go back to running our own team."
    White brought in crew chief Doug George, a winner with Kyle Busch, to oversee the organization's Ford F150 trucks. He'll definitely head for Martinsville wearing a big smile, along with co-owner and longtime sponsor Steve Urvan.
    "We have a good start to the season and we have used these last few weeks since Daytona to make our team and trucks even stronger, so I am really excited about getting to Martinsville," White said.

    Latest Generation Of Burtons Ready For Martinsville Debut
    Jeb Burton has big shoes to fill. The 19-year-old, who will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut March 31 at Martinsville Speedway, is the son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton. His uncle, Jeff Burton, is a 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner.
    He'll drive for a new team, Hillman Racing, which started the season with father Ward's eighth-place finish at Daytona. The younger Burton, with limited experience at the touring level, will have to prove to NASCAR on a race-by-race basis that he's qualified to move from track to track just as any other rookie.
    The team's owner, Mike Hillman, was a key figure at Germain Racing during both of Todd Bodine's NCWTS championship seasons. Crew chief Trip Bruce also has a solid background with the series, winning 12 times with Johnny Benson and Kasey Kahne. Bruce was Benson's championship crew chief at Bill Davis Racing -- Ward Burton's onetime NSCS owner -- in 2008.
    "To get here has been a lot of hard work, my late model guys have really helped me over the past four years to really develop me as a driver and my dad told me that if I really didn't have the talent I wouldn't be able to do it," said the younger Burton. "So my dad paid close attention to what he calls natural talent and said I had what it would take to be a racer as long as I dedicated myself to it. I am excited to start my first NASCAR race in the NCWTS and follow in my dad's footsteps. It has been a long time coming."

    Win Is Frosting On The Cake For Moonlighting Piquet
    According to Nelson Piquet Jr., a bit of moonlighting can go a long way to filling some gaps in his competitive resume.
    Piquet, competing in his sophomore season for Turner Motorsports, took advantage of an open week to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17. He won both the pole and the race.
    "To achieve my first victory in the USA and my first victory in a stock car is a very special emotion for me," said Piquet, who formerly competed in the Formula One World Championship. "To carry the Brazilian flag to Victory Lane was part of the dream for me and now I've conquered that, it is such a motivation for the rest of the year."
    The bigger picture for Piquet, however, is to step up his performance on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series short tracks -- especially Martinsville, which hosts the March 31 Kroger 250. Piquet finished 13th and 30th at the Virginia track last year.
    "Seat time, especially on short tracks where you are running close to the other cars, has been something I needed experience in," Piquet said.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Martinsville is home to the historic half-mile oval, which has hosted a NCWTS event since the inception of the series in 1995. It is also home to the Smithsonian-affiliated Virginia Museum of Natural History. Championship contenders John King, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter on Tuesday previewed the newly created Rocks to Racing display at the museum, which will open to the public on March 24. ... Kingsport, Tenn., officials at Bristol presented King the "Key to the City" in honor of his Daytona victory in February.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-20-2012)

  • NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Open Week, March 13, 2012

    Truck Freshman, Duke Senior Harraka Comments On 'March Madness'

    Pretty much everyone in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage has an opinion about the NCAA men's basketball tournament -- and a bracket? --as "March Madness" gets underway this week. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Paulie Harraka will have an even more intense rooting interest in the tournament.

    Harraka is a graduating senior at Duke University, which is seeded second in the South Region and plays Lehigh University on Friday at Greensboro, N.C. He won't be the only driver with ties to a tournament team. Brendan Gaughan played for the Hoyas while a student at Midwest Region's #3 seed Georgetown University, which meets Belmont in Columbus, Ohio, also on Friday.
    Harraka answers four questions about Duke and this year's road to the Final Four:
    1. Your impression of fan fervor on Tobacco Road: --"Now is a fun time, for sure! The entire regular season is about preparing for March Madness and it's definitely the talk of campus."
    2. Duke's chances in the tournament: "Duke has shown that we have amazing talent this year. We've had a few rough starts, but I believe that as long as we get the game started on the right foot, we're unstoppable. Go Devils!"
    3. Your picks for Final Four: "Duke, Duke, Duke and Duke."
    4. Have you ever met coach Mike Krzyzewski: "I have had the opportunity to get to know Coach K through friends that I have on the team. He's provided some assistance to me in my own career, which I'm grateful for. He's certainly an amazing guy and a role model of integrity and intensity for all of us. I've met a lot of people who had strong feelings about Duke, some positive and some negative, but the one constant is that everyone I've met respects Coach K."

    Excitement Builds As Rockingham Adds Finishing Touches For NCWTS Debut

    With last week's Goodyear tire test successfully completed, it's "bring on the race" at Rockingham Speedway. The popular North Carolina sand hills facility, a mile in length, is set to run its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck event --the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 Presented by Cheerwine --on Sunday, April 15. The race is the first for a NASCAR national series since February 2004. Owner Andy Hillenburg said the excitement is palpable and building. "Seeing the NASCAR Camping World Trucks out there on the race track, I can't really imagine where we're going to be in April because it's so exciting with only having three trucks (testing) out there," said Hillenburg. "I can't really imagine multiplying it by more than 10 when we have 36 trucks take the green on April 15."
    Painting continues and the track is completing installation of timing and scoring loops. Hillenburg also has moved Victory Lane to the front stretch "so fans can now participate with the winning team and see the emotion of that driver when they get out of the truck and the emotion of the crew." Fans also will be able to attend the drivers' meeting, walk the track, get autographs signed and have their pictures taken with their favorite drivers.

    Gale, Sharp, Crawford Big Winners In ARCA Event

    During a bye week in the NCWTS schedule, Cale Gale made sure to keep his driving skills fresh by competing in a March 10 ARCA race at Mobile International Speedway. Oh, and he won, too. Gale, who is embarking on his first full truck series season in 2012, led 76 of the race's 203 laps in a car entered by Eddie Sharp, his NCWTS owner. Sharp also spotted for Gale and told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio earlier this week, "It's tough to win in any series and any win is special."

    Gale won before a packed grandstand, a promotional triumph for longtime NASCAR Camping World Truck veteran Rick Crawford. The race was Crawford's largest to date as the track's operator. A Mobile, Ala., native, who turned 27 last week, Gale will return to the wheel of his #33 Rheem Silverado when the series returns to action on Saturday, March 31, at Martinsville Speedway.

    NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series, Etc.

    Daytona winner John King hit it big in his hometown of Kingsport, Tenn., as well --his name going up on the marquee of the city's famous hamburger restaurant Pal's. ... Gaughan had an outstanding performance in his hometown over the weekend, finishing fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NCWTS grads and current NNS rookies Cole Whitt and Austin Dillon finished sixth and seventh respectively. Both drivers rank among the top five in series points.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-13-2012)

  • NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Open Week, March 6, 2012

    Daytona Winner King An Off-The-Track Field Filler

    You'll find John King-- the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' latest rising star-- down on the farm.
    Literally. King, the surprise winner of last month's 2012 season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, spends his time away from the track on his family's farm in Fort Blackmore, Va. The Kings raise cattle and horses and grow hay. The 23-year-old Kingsport, Tenn., native, a NASCAR national series winner in just his eighth start, looks as comfortable with a pitchfork in his hands as attired in a driver's uniform. If he's not on a tractor or out in the fields, King can be found at his favorite restaurant, the Front Porch Store & Deli in Fort Blackmore. That's if he's not in the woods with a hunting rifle or on a lake or creek bank with a rod and reel at the ready. King grew up with three sisters, two older and one younger. "They didn't give me a whole lot of slack," he said.
    In 2009, King was asked to join the Bill Elliott Driver Development program, operated by King's boyhood racing hero. It landed him a ride in the UARA-STARS Late Model Series, where King won two Virginia asphalt races.
    The leap from there and a best truck finish of 15th to the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota and the World Center of Racing's Gatorade Victory Lane was monumental, to say the least. With several more bye weeks on the schedule, King has plenty of time to savor that victory before heading to historic Martinsville Speedway for the March 31 Kroger 250-- one day before his 24th birthday.

    NASCAR Brings 'The Rock' Back To Life This Week

    Each NASCAR Camping World Truck race is an anticipated event. Next month's inaugural stop at Rockingham Speedway likely will be even greater than the norm-- for competitors and fans alike.
    "The Rock," formerly known as North Carolina Motor Speedway, last hosted a NASCAR national series event in February 2004. Matt Kenseth won the last of 78 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on the storied, one-mile oval in North Carolina's sand hills region. Thanks to major infusions of passion and resources, Rockingham's owner Andy Hillenburg will raise NASCAR's banner once more on April 15 with the running of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 Presented by Cheerwine.
    Goodyear brought three teams to the track this week for testing that began Tuesday and continued on Wednesday. Turner Motorsports, Red Horse Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports were chosen to test with drivers James Buescher, Timothy Peters and Jason Leffler, respectively. Leffler has five starts at Rockingham competing in both NASCAR Sprint Cup events in 2001 and five NASCAR Nationwide races from 1999 to 2004. "This Goodyear tire test is a great opportunity to not only provide Goodyear with feedback on the tire selection for the upcoming race, but to get some laps in behind the wheel of the Dollar General Tundra and continue to get adjusted to working with a new team," Leffler said.
    Peters, who wrapped up a karting championship at Rockingham two decades ago, said, "It's going to be great action for the fans. You're going to see people [racing] on the bottom, middle and top."

    NCWTS TV Viewers Get 'Cutting Edge' Upgrade

    Sportvision Inc.'s cutting edge digital technology comes to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012, completing its partnership with Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group as the exclusive tracking partner for NASCAR national series events through the 2018 racing season.
    The firm's RACE/f/x technology, the most advanced tracking technology ever created for televised sports, debuted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the 2001 Daytona 500 and was introduced to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2007.
    With the addition, SPEED will now highlight a full slate of broadcast graphics during NCWTS broadcasts and the technology will continue to be an integral component utilized by other NASCAR broadcast partners through 2018. Each truck is equipped with Vector II tracking devices. The patented, state-of-the-art technology tracks cars and trucks at speeds reaching 200 mph to create a complete "digital record" of a NASCAR race in real time.

    NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series, Etc.

    Austin Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, posted his second top-five finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign by edging Kevin Harvick for fourth in last weekend's event at Phoenix International Raceway.... Dillon stands second in championship standings to Richard Childress Racing teammate and Phoenix winner Elliott Sadler.... NCWTS graduate Cole Whitt ranks fourth overall following a 13th-place finish in the Valley of the Sun.(NASCAR Integreated Marking Communications

  • NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Open Week, February 28, 2012

    King's Daytona Victory Latest Version of NCWTS 'Shock And Awe'

    Don't call John King's Feb. 24 NextEra Energy Resources 250 win a surprise. It was more like a seismic shock -- on a Richter scale's magnitude similar to Trevor Bayne's 2011 Daytona 500 victory. King, like Bayne, was making his first start at Daytona International Speedway. In seven previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, the 23-year-old Kingsport, Tenn., driver had a best finish of 15th -- that coming in his 2009 debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. "I'm a rookie. This is unreal," said King.

    Historically speaking, King's longshot achievement has happened before and likely will again. A look back at some unexpected winners:

    • Terry Cook,†now King's spotter at Red Horse Racing,†entered the 1998 race at the old Flemington (N.J.) Speedway with no finish higher than 12th and beat the best Dale Earnhardt Inc., Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Racing could throw at him.
    • Later that year, rookie Andy Houston claimed his first victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a fender-on-fender dust-up with now NASCAR Sprint Cup star Greg Biffle.
    • For 100 races, Billy Ballew Motorsports was considered a mid-pack operation. In 2004, Shane Hmiel won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. BBM ultimately won 20 times.
    • Brandon Whitt, scored Red Horse Racing's first victory at Memphis Motorsports Park in 2005 with a final-lap pass of Ron Hornaday Jr. by driving through a cloud of tire smoke that caused the four-time champion to slow.
    • The 2008 season saw a pair of unlikely rookie winners: ex-Formula 1 driver Scott Speed in his fifth start at Dover International Speedway and modified ace Donnie Lia at Mansfield (Ohio Motorsports Park). Rookie Lia shoved his way past two-time champion Todd Bodine and veteran David Starr on the final lap to claim the victory.

    Peters, Red Horse Solidly Among Championship Favorites

    With the preseason spotlight focused squarely on a potential championship struggle between Johnny Sauter and Ty Dillon, it might have been easy to overlook veteran Timothy Peters.

    No longer. Peters, who ran the final 14 races of the 2011 season ranked fifth or better, becomes an early title favorite with his second-place finish to Red Horse teammate King -- who wheeled Peters' 2010 Daytona-winning Tundra. Not to downplay King's chances, however, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has yet to win the overall championship -- or has the Daytona winner for that matter. Kurt Busch's runner-up finish to Biffle in 2000 remains the freshman gold standard. Peters, 31, by far is the most decorated among the current top 10 expected to compete in all 22 races. He also is that group's only winner at Martinsville Speedway where the 2012 season continues on March 31.

    Red Horse had three finishers among the Daytona top six: King, Peters and Todd Bodine. The organization, jointly owned by Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond, has ranked among the top 10 in owners points in four of its eight seasons. The Toyota outfit was fifth a year ago.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookies Have Lengthy Winning Heritage

    Rookies aren't rare in NASCAR Camping World Truck Victory Lanes; just never before on the series' largest stage. Freshmen, in fact, have won multiple races in the same season led by Kurt Busch, a record four in 2000.

    The late Kenny Irwin Jr. won twice in his 1997 rookie season -- and became the first NCWTS winner at Texas Motor Speedway. Brendan Gaughan also won twice as a freshman, sweeping both 2002 races in Fort Worth. NASCAR Sprint Cup's Carl Edwards won three races in 2003. Last year's series champion Austin Dillon is the most recent Sunoco rookie to win multiple races. He won at Iowa Speedway and in Las Vegas in 2010.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.

    King's Daytona victory was the second for Red Horse crew chief Chad Kendrick. He teamed with Peters for the Providence, N.C., driver's first NCWTS win at Martinsville in 2009. ... Sauter and ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton were collected in the same lap late-race accident that cost Sauter the lead and possible victory. They finished 24th and 23rd, respectively. ... Third-place Justin Lofton matched his career-best finish (Dover, 2010). Chris Fontaine (seventh) and Clay Greenfield (10th) recorded their first top 10s, as did Ward Burton, who made his series debut in eighth. ... Dillon finished as the second Sunoco rookie contender among the top 10 (ninth).(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(2-28-2012)

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