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

THE RACE: Kroger 200

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #19 of 22 for the 2012 season

Last Race: Talladega Superspeedway


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Official Race Report

Race / Track Info

  • Race Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • Title Sponsor: Kroger 200
  • Start Time: 2:00pm/et
  • 2011 Winner: Denny Hamlin
  • 2011 Pole: Matt Crafton
  • Track Layout: .526 Mile
  • Length: 200 Laps, 105.2 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, October 26th
    First Practice: 11:00am/et
    Final Practice: 2:00pm/et

    Saturday October 27th
    Qualifying: 10:30am/et
    Pre-race: 1:30pm/et
    Race: 2:00pm/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, October 25th

    Friday, October 26th
    11:00 AM - 11:50 AM NCWTS PRACTICE

    Saturday, October 27th
    2:00 PM NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 105.2 MILES)

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

Race and links

  • Martinsville Official Race Report Page (pdf)

  • Hamlin wins at Martinsville: Back-to Back fall Martinsville wins for Denny Hamlin and KBM. The final restart, saw Hamlin, driving the #51 TOYOTA Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, take the lead from then race-leader Matt Crafton to win the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. made some bold moves in the waning laps to finish in the second position. Rounding out the top ten were; #22-Joey Coulter, #88-Matt Crafton, #92-Scott Riggs, #31-James Buescher, #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Ryan Blaney, #7-Parker Kligerman, #18-Brian Scott. The Driver Points lead changed hands when #3-Ty Dillon blew out a tire with just under 50 laps to go, broke the sway bar, to finish several laps down in the 28th position. #31-James Buescher came back being a lap down to finish 6th. As a result Buescher is now leading the driver point standings by 21 points ahead of Dillon. There were 7 lead changes among 5 drivers with 7 caution flags for 40 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Martinsville Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(10-27-2012)

  • Post-Race Fast Facts:
    Martinsville Speedway
    14th Annual Kroger 200
    Race Winner: Denny Hamlin(i)
    Age: 31
    Team: No. 51 - TOYOTA Toyota
    Owner: Kyle Busch
    Crew Chief: Rick Ren
    *Denny Hamlin(i) won the 14th Annual Kroger 200, his second victory in 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races
    *This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2012.
    *This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in six races at Martinsville Speedway
    . *Nelson Piquet Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2012.
    *Joey Coulter (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Max Gresham (11th) was the highest finishing rookie
    . *James Buescher leads the point standings by 21 points over Ty Dillon #.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, October 27, 2012 @ 04:04 PM Eastern)

  • Race Awards:
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30 29 Places
    Keystone Light Pole Award: Timothy Peters, #17 96.411 mph
    Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Toyota Racing Technologies (TRT), #51
    Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30
    Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Max Gresham, #8(NASCAR Statistics)(10-27-2012)

  • Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and finish)
    Caution 1: #99-Bryan Silas, 29th
    Caution 2: #99-Bryan Silas, 29th
    Caution 3: #31-James Buescher, 6th
    Caution 4: #07-Jeff Agnew, 21st
    Caution 5 #8-Max Gresham, 11th
    Caution 6: No benefactor
    Caution 7: #5-Josh Richards, 17th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-27-2012)

  • Driver Point Standings following Race #19 at Martinsville Speedway:
    1) #31-James Buescher, 716
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 695 -21
    3) #17-Timothy Peters, 691 -25
    4) #7-Parker Kligerman, 680 -36
    5) #22-Joey Coulter, 670 -46
    6) #88-Matt Crafton, 664 -52
    7) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 626 -90
    8) #6-Justin Lofton, 618 -98
    9) #13-Johnny Sauter, 573 -143
    10) #32-Miguel Paludo, 568 -148
    Complete driver point standings are posted on the Martinsville Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(10-27-2012)

  • Owner point standings: following the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway are posted on the Martinsville Owner Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(10-27-2012)

Qualifying Results, Practice Speeds, Entry and links

  • Peters wins Martinsville pole: Timothy Peters, driving the #17-TOYOTA /Strutmasters/Thunder Road Harley Toyota for Red Horse Racing, set a new track record with a top speed of 96.411 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. This is his second pole in 2012. #2-Kevin Harvick was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Brian Scott, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #51-Denny Hamlin, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #07-Jeff Agnew, #31-James Buescher. Did not qualify: #36-Grant Enfinger, #14-Brennan Newberry, #38-Dennis Setzer, #10-Jake Crum, #96, Todd Peck. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Martinsville Lineup (pdf)(10-27-2012)

  • Post-Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Martinsville Speedway
    14th Annual Kroger 200:

    Keystone Light Pole Winner: Timothy Peters
    Team: No. 17 - TOYOTA / Toyota
    Owner: Tom DeLoach
    Crew Chief: Butch Hylton
    *Timothy Peters won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Kroger 200 with a lap of 19.641 seconds, 96.411 mph (a new track record).
    *Previous track qualifying record was held by Matt Crafton (96.352 mph, 10/29/2011).
    *This is his sixth pole in 137 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his second pole and 17th top-10 start in 2012.
    *This is his first pole in 14 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2012 and his 10th in 15 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Brian Scott(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in four races this season.
    *Ty Dillon (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, October 27, 2012 @ 12:00 PM Eastern)

  • Martinsville Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Hamlin leads final practice at Martinsville: Denny Hamlin, driving the #51 TOYOTA Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, was quickest in final practice for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville with a top speed of 96.533 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #29-Ryan Blaney, #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #2-Kevin Harvick, #18-Brian Scott, #7-Parker Kligerman, #31-James Buescher, #27-Ryan Truex, #07-Jeff Agnew. There were 41 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Martinsville Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-26-2012)

  • Crafton leads opening practice at Martinsville: Matt Crafton, driving the #88 ZECOL / Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 95.733 mph to lead the opening practice session for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #17-Timothy Peters, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #13-Johnny Sauter, #3-Ty Dillon, #07-Jeff Agnew, #2-Kevin Harvick, #18-Brian Scott, #33-Cale Gale, #6-Justin Lofton. Reported driver changes: #99-Michael McDowell replacing Bryan Silas due to illness; #10-Jake Crum practicing truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb; decision not made on race. There were 42 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Martinsville Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-26-2012)

  • Official Entry List: There are 42 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Complete list is posted on the Martinsville Entry List page.(10-26-2012)

  • Preliminary Entry List: There are 42 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Martinsville Entry List page.(10-22-2012)
    Some notes:
    #0-Blake Koch, driver of the Ford for JJCR
    #02-Tyler Young, making 4th series start, driver of the Randco Chevrolet for Young Motorsports
    #2-Kevin Harvick, making 3rd 2012 start, driver of the Tide Chevrolet for RCR
    #5-Josh Richards, making 1st 2012 start, driver of the TBA Ford for Wauters Motorsports
    #8-Max Gresham returns, driving the Made in USA Brand Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing
    #18-Brian Scott, making 4th 2012 start, driving the Shore Lodge Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
    #27-Ryan Truex, making series debut, driving the TBA Chevrolet for Hillman Racing
    #35-Matt Merrell, making series debut, driving the Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet
    #36-Grant Enfinger, making 4th 2012 start, driving the TBA RAM for Allgaier Motorsports
    #51-Denny Hamliin, making 2nd 2012 start, driving the Toyota Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
    #60-driver TBA, St. Lawrence Radiology/N Fab Chevrolet with owner Stacy Compton
    #92-Scott Riggs, replaces Chad McCumbee, driver of the Fleet Tire & Wheel/QMI Chevrolet for RBE
    #93-Tim George, replaces Chris Jones, driver of the Applebee's Chevrolet for RSS Racing(10-22-2012)
    UPDATE: #60-Peyton Sellers named as driver, St. Lawrence Radiology/N Fab Chevrolet for TurnOne Racing(10-24-2012)
    UPDATE 2: #50-Natalie Sather added as driver for the TBA Chevrolet for MAKE Motorsports. [withdrawn](10-26-2012)

Goodyear Tire Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
    Race #19  Kroger 200
    Fast Facts for October 26-28, 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 earlier this season, as well as last October . . . this right-side tire code (D-4468) is the same one Sprint Cup teams ran on all four tire positions at both road courses this season -- Infineon and Watkins Glen . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville . . . Goodyear held a tire test with the 2013 Sprint Cup cars at Martinsville on August 7-8 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the #29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick, #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jimmie Johnson, #56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr. and #99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards.(Goodyear PR)(10-23-2012)

NASCAR News & Notes

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

    Leaders Dillon, Buescher Dueled In Spring Martinsville Race
    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series frontrunners Ty Dillon and James Buescher are one point apart entering Saturday's Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.   That equates to one position on the race track -- and the difference in their finishes at the 0.525-mile track earlier this spring. Dillon finished second in his first trip to the southern Virginia track. Buescher was third.

    Dillon qualified second to Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, who took the outside lane on restarts thus sparing the rookie from having to battle for the bottom groove."The plan was to get our trucks out front and it worked out pretty well,"said Dillon, whose #3 Chevrolet headed the only two laps that Harvick didn't lead. Buescher, who drives Turner Motorsports' #31 Chevrolet, improved on a 10th-place finish in last year's Kroger 200.

    Dillon and Buescher shouldn't get too comfortable racing each other. Timothy Peters, 26 points out of the lead, is a former Martinsville winner (2009). He led every lap at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and also claimed a victory earlier this summer at Iowa Speedway. Peters finished fifth in Martinsville's spring race.  "It always gives me confidence going back there knowing that I was able to check the win box off my first time there," said Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota. Peters' teammate, Parker Kligerman, enters this week's race in fourth place with RCR's Joey Coulter fifth.

    Tough Week To Chase Bonus Points
    With four races remaining in the season, every point is valuable, especially bonus points for wins and leading laps. They could be hard to come by this week. Only two NSCS double-duty drivers are among an entry of more than 40 trucks but both are formidable. Kevin Harvick bids to become the second driver -- and first since Mike Skinner in 2007 -- to sweep both Martinsville races. Harvick, Skinner and Dennis Setzer are the track's only three-time winners, giving the Bakersfield veteran the opportunity to head the all-time victory list by himself.

    Last year's Kroger 200 winner Denny Hamlin also will do double duty at the wheel of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch's #51 Toyota. Kyle Busch Motorsports will field a pair of entries with the wheel of the #18 Toyota being turned by NCWTS alum and NNS regular Brian Scott.   Martinsville winners in the field include Hamlin, Harvick, Peters, Ron Hornaday Jr., Scott Riggs, Johnny Sauter and David Starr.

    Truex Among Newcomers In Kroger 200 Field
    Ryan Truex will make his truck series debut behind the wheel of the #27 Hillman Racing Chevrolet in Saturday's Kroger 200. This start will mark a Truex family trifecta with all three Truex family members (Martin Truex, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Truex) having a start in each of the three National touring series at Martinsville Speedway. Father Martin Truex made his Martinsville debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the 1989 Miller Classic. Older brother Martin made his first start in the DirecTV 500 in 2006 in the Sprint Cup Series."Martin [Truex Jr.] has given me a lot of advice on how to get through the tight corners and where it's best to pass,"Ryan said.   Martinsville Speedway is added to the list of only four tracks (New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway and Watkins Glen International) on the current NASCAR national series schedules where the all three Truex family members have competed in a NASCAR national or touring series race.

    Ryan Blaney, the winner at Iowa last month, makes his Martinsville Speedway debut. Matt Merrell, a 27-year-old ARCA veteran from Portland, Texas, will attempt to qualify for his first truck race at the wheel of the #35 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet. Returning to the series is Cooper Hill, Va.'s Jeff Agnew, who recorded a series-best finish of 14th in last fall's Kroger 200. Also back are two-time World of Outlaws late model champion Josh Richards in the #5 Wauters Motorsports Ford, Tyler Young and Grant Enfinger. Natalie Sather, who failed to qualify for the spring race, has entered as well.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Chevrolet can clinch the series' Manufacturer's Championship this weekend. If Chevrolet leaves with a 19-point lead over Toyota, it will clinch the title. It currently holds a 21-point advantage. ... Only one driver -- Johnny Benson in 2008 -- has won at Martinsville Speedway in his championship season. ... Starr has the most series starts in Martinsville, 22, among drivers entered in the Kroger 200. ... The last Ford driver to win at Martinsville was now-ESPN commentator Ricky Craven in the fall of 2005, 14 races ago.(NASCAR IMC)(10-23-2012)

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, October 16, 2012

    Busy Buescher Kindles Title Hopes On Bye Weeks
    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender James Buescher has stayed sharp by racing literally every weekend. This week's Kansas Lottery 300 marks his 20th NASCAR Nationwide Series start beginning with a victory in the season opener at Daytona. Buescher finished ninth at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week -- his eighth top 10 of the season. He hopes to improve significantly on his prior two NNS starts at the Kansas track where his best is an 18th----place finish. Kansas Speedway will always be special for Buescher, who posted his first NCWTS victory at the 1.5----mile track in May. All of Buescher's four victories have come on intermediate tracks: Kansas, Texas and a season sweep at Kentucky.

    Two of the season's final races -- Texas on Nov. 2 and Homestead on Nov. 16 -- are on intermediate tracks. Buescher likely will be in a Turner Motorsports NNS car at both venues. "I feel like racing in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been beneficial to me for technical aspects" said Buescher, who figures to do double duty at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. "There are certain style tracks you can learn more from than others, like lines and lifting points. Some of those aspects I feel I can apply to both series."

    Buescher trails leader Ty Dillon by a single point entering the Oct. 27 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway, the first of four consecutive races that will determine the 2012 champion.

    Remaining Tracks Play To Strengths Of Bodine, Hornaday
    Fair to say the "young guns" have more than made their mark on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. The season's record, eight first--time winners have an average age of 22.57 years. The vacuum they've filled previously was occupied by veterans or "visitors" from other NASCAR national series.

    Two former champions, Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr., are experiencing uncharacteristic "off" years. Although Bodine won at Dover, he's suffered mechanical failures and accidents and is outside the top 10 in points -- 14th -- for the first time as a full season campaigner.
    Bodine closes out the year on three of his favorite tracks. He counts a combined nine victories at Homestead, Phoenix and Texas.
    Hornaday likewise is mired in his most difficult season. The four--time champion, fourth in points a year ago, ranks 13th. He continues to search for his first victory of the year and increase to 13 the record number of full--time seasons with at least one win.

    Odds are on Hornaday's side. He's won at least once on all four final stops on the schedule including a season sweep (2008) at Texas, multiple victories at Martinsville and Phoenix and a single win at Homestead. "Doubting myself right now? That's not happening" said Hornaday. "Yeah, I'm 54 years old but I still have the drive to do it, still have the desire."

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Kansas City, Kan. resident Jennifer Jo Cobb also will compete in the Kansas Lottery 300 as will Ryan Blaney. Blaney finished 14th in Charlotte's Dollar General 300. ... Justin Lofton spent his bye weekend competing in the Best in the Desert Off--Road Association's BlueWater Desert Challenge, a two-day event run over a 26--mile course. He was sidelined by mechanical issues.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(10-16-2012)

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, October 9, 2012

    Everybody's A Winner At Red Horse Racing
    Four different drivers-- Todd Bodine, John King, Parker Kligerman and Timothy Peters-- have climbed behind the wheel of the organization's Toyota Tundras in 2012. With Kligerman's drought--busting victory at Talladega Superspeedway, each of the four has visited Victory Lane in 2012.

    Teams have fielded four winning drivers before: Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2010--11, when the organization fielded six and nine drivers, respectively. But never in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history has a team gone four--for--four. "Magic" is how Red Horse co--owner Tom DeLoach describes the team/driver synergy-- and the chassis that has won twice at Daytona (Peters and King, in February) and on Saturday at Talladega with Kligerman at the controls. "We've got five wins among four drivers, so it's pretty special that everybody that comes here wins," said DeLoach, who shares ownership of the team with legendary NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Jeff Hammond. The team, which made its 300th start at Talladega, also has won with Brandon Whitt and David Starr 10 times overall.

    Red Horse has two shots at its first driver and owner titles. Peters, a two--time winner this season, is third, 26 points behind standings leader Ty Dillon. Red Horse's #17 Toyota trails the #3 Richard Childress Chevrolet by a similar margin on the owners' side. Connecticut's Kligerman, who snapped a string of five second--place finishes, is 34 points back in fourth.

    Young Guns Help Series Close In On Record
    With 13 different winners in 2012, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is one shy of the single season record of 14 set in 1998 and matched in 2005. What a difference seven years make-- especially in demographics.

    In 2005, nine of the 14 winners were past their 40th birthdays. Only two-- Kyle Busch, 20, and Brandon Whitt, 22-- were under the age of 30. Contrast that with the current season, in which Ryan Blaney set a record for the youngest winner (age 18) and eight winners are 29 or younger.

    Looking at 43 races run since the beginning of 2011, there have been plenty of victories to go around with 21 different winners. Harvick, Peters and Johnny Sauter are the only drivers with a victory in each season. NCWTS points--eligible competitors have won all but two of this year's 18 races, a huge turnaround from 2011 when NASCAR Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series drivers claimed 15 of 25 events.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Ninety--four wild laps of Talladega competition settled nothing as far as the standings are concerned. Ty Dillon entered with a one--point lead over James Buescher and exited-- with the same margin, as both drivers traded top five finishes and lap leader bonus points. Last year's Talladega race (the 22nd of a 25--race season) produced a three--point differential between eventual champion Austin Dillon and Buescher. ... Peters had the best Daytona--Talladega results, finishing second and fifth. Dillon was next with a fourth and ninth. ... German Quiroga scored his first NCWTS top 10 (eighth) in his third start for Kyle Busch Motorsports. ... Tim George Jr. (ninth) recorded his series--best finish, improving on a pair of 15ths at Pocono and Iowa. ... Series teams take a two--week bye before heading for the Oct. 27 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(10-9-2012)

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