Race Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
TV: Fox Sports 1
Saturday, March 29
Race: 2:30 PM ET
Thursday, March 27
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER & UNLOAD
12:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS EXIT INFIELD
6:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSE
Friday, March 28
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM 11:45 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
3:00 PM 4:25 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS Autograph Session
5:00 PM NSCS & NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NSCS & NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 29
7:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:10 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING
12:45 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GOODYEAR TENT)
2:00 PM NCWTS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION - SECURITY-CLEAR PIT ROAD
2:30 PM NCWTS RACE (250 LAPS, 131.5 MILES)
3:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Crafton wins at Martinsville: #88-Matt Crafton won the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway after rain delayed the race until Sunday. #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. finished second followed by #31-Ben Kennedy, #98-Johnny Sauter, #29-Ryan Blaney, #17-Timothy Peters, #77-German Quiroga, #32-Ben Rhodes, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., and #7-Brian Ickler.
There were 10 cautions for 56 laps and 17 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Martinsville race results page (pdf).(3-30-2014)
Martinsville Race Fast Facts:
Matt Crafton won the 16th Annual Kroger 250, his fourth victory in 318 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
There were 17 lead changes, a new track record. The previous record was 13, set in April of 2013.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway. His previous best finish was second, twice.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2014.
Ben Kennedy (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Martinsville Speedway.
Driver standings following Martinsville:
1)#17-Timothy Peters, 82
2) #98-Johnny Sauter, 82
3) #88-Matt Crafton,78, -4
4) #29-Ryan Blaney, 78, -4
5) #30-Ron Hornaday, 76, -6
6) #31-Ben Kennedy, 72, -10
7) #77-German Quiroga, 71, -11
8) #54-Darrell Wallace, 61, -21
9) #13-Jeb Burton, 60, -22
10) #19-Tyler Reddick, 60, -22
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-30-2014)
Owner Standings following Martinsville are posted (pdf).(3-30-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 27th
Caution 2: #66-Josh Williams, 34th
Caution 3: #92-Ross Chastain, 14th
Caution 4: #13-Jeb Burton, 21st
Caution 5: none
Caution 6: #9-Chase Pistone, 13th
Caution 7: #92-Ross Chastain, 14th
Caution 8: #19-Tyler Reddick, 16th
Caution 9: #13-Jeb Burton, 21st
Caution 10: none
Kroger 250 delayed until Sunday: The Kroger 250 from Martinsville is delayed until Sunday, March 30 due to persistent rain. The race is scheduled for an approximate 5:30 pm/et start, following the conclusion of the Sprint Cup Series race.(3-29-2014)
Wallace on pole at Martinsville: #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. will start from the pole for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway after rain forced qualifying to be canceled. The field was set based on combined practice times. #29-Ryan Blaney will start second, followed by: #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Erik Jones, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #31-Ben Kennedy, #7-Brian Ickler, #77-German Quiroga, #9-Cole Custer, and #88-Matt Crafton. #12-Ted Minor withdrew, giving the remaining 36 entries a starting position. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(3-29-2014)
Hornaday fastest in final practice: #30- Ron Hornaday, Jr. was fastest in final practice for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.171 mph. He was followed by #00-Cole Custer, #32-Ben Rhodes, #20-Gray Gaulding, #98-Johnny Sauter, #21-Joey Coulter, #29-Ryan Blaney, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #7-Brian Ickler, and #8-John Hunter Nemechek. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-28-2014)
Wallace fastest in first practice: #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.662 mph. #29-Ryan Blaney was second, followed by #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Erik Jones, #31-Ben Kennedy, #7-Brian Ickler, #77-German Quiroga, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #00-Cole Custer, and #88-Matt Crafton. 37 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-28-2014)
Entry list: There are 39 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. A few notes:
Cole Custer in the #00;
Chase Pistone in the #9;
John Hunter Nemechek in the #8;
Ted Minor in the #12;
Gray Gaulding in the #20;
Spencer Gallagher in the #23;
Ben Rhodes in the #32;
Brandon Jones in the #33;
Raymond Terczak, Jr. in the #56;
Josh Williams in the #66;
Alex Guenette in the #74;
UPDATE: The #39 of Sieg and #93 of White have withdrawn;
Korbin Forrister is now in the #08 in place of Jimmy Weller;
See the complete list on the Martinsville entry list page.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 2 - Kroger 250 Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval) - Martinsville, Va. Fast Facts for March 28-30, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event, with an additional 2 sets for "extra" practice time on schedule
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4590
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm); Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psiRight 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 the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Martinsville this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran twice each at this track last season . . . Martinsville is the only track at which NASCAR teams run this left-side tire code (D-4588) . . . this right-side tire code (D-4590) was run on all four tire positions by NASCAR teams on all road courses in 2013 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.
Peters Comes Home Leading Points, Looking For Win
Hometown hero Timothy Peters has built a successful career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that includes seven victories and a top 10 points finish in each of the last six seasons.
But, arguably, his greatest personal accomplishment was his Martinsville Speedway victory in 2009. This weekend, he hopes to duplicate the feat.
Peters, a resident of nearby Danville, Va., hopes the new truck body will only elevate his success on the Virginia short track. The 2014 truck body debuted at Daytona, and will make its first short-track start this weekend.
After he was passed by Kyle Busch with less than a quarter-mile to go in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Peters is coming to Martinsville set on getting his second win at his home track.
Although Peters enters with the points lead as the highest finishing championship contender from Daytona, he knows keeping that lead will be a challenge at one of NASCAR's most challenging tracks.
Johnny Sauter will try and make it two spring wins in a row at Martinsville and the veteran will attempt to become the first driver since Kevin Harvick to win back-to-back spring races at the track (Harvick did it in 2009 and 2010). Also expected to contend is defending series champion Matt Crafton and defending pole winner of the Kroger 250, Jeb Burton. Peters finished fourth in this race last year. If Peters is able to score the win this Saturday, he would become the sixth driver to record multiple wins at the track. Currently Dennis Setzer, Mike Skinner and Harvick all share the record with three wins.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Returns For More History
Darrell Wallace Jr. made history last October with his win at Martinsville, becoming the second African-American to win a NASCAR national series event - and the first in 50 years. And now, the 21-year-old looks to make more history in his return trip to the .526-mile track.
After his win in October, Wallace celebrated with family members of the Wendell Scott family who live in nearby Danville. Scott was the first African-American driver to win a national series event, in 1963. Wallace also comes to Martinsville looking to improve his place in the standings after getting collected in a mid-race accident at Daytona. While Wallace enjoyed the significant accomplishment in the fall, he also looks to become the first driver to win back-to-back races at the paper-clip shaped track since Mike Skinner swept in 2007.
NASCAR Next: Ben Rhodes Joins Program At Martinsville
With his announcement earlier this week that he will make his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, NASCAR Next driver Ben Rhodes took another step up the NASCAR ladder. The Louisville, Ky., driver will be one of four NASCAR Next member entered for this weekend's Kroger 250 at Martinsville - joining Jeb Burton, Gray Gaulding and Ben Kennedy.
This will mark the first time four active members of the NASCAR Next program - an industry initiative to spotlight young talent in the sport - will compete in a NCWTS race. Last year NASCAR next members Chase Elliott, Burton and Kennedy competed together in five races.
"I'm really thankful for this opportunity," said Rhodes. "I can't thank Harry Scott and Steve Turner enough for giving me this chance to gain valuable experience behind the wheel of one of the best trucks in the truck series. Turner Scott Motorsports is a top-notch organization and I hope to learn a lot this year from both my Truck Series team as well as my K&N team."
Gaulding is one of seven drivers entered who did race in the season opener at Daytona and like Rhodes, will be making his first official NASCAR national series start.
NCWTS Etc.Erik Jones returns to the series for the first time since becoming the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history with his victory at Phoenix last season. He will again drive the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. ... Terrebonne, Quebec native Alex Guenette will make his first start of the season on Saturday. Last year, Guenette suffered mechanical problems and finished 25th in the truck event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in his only previous series start. He finished 10th last season in the final standings in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. ... GMS Racing has announced 2011 K&N Pro Series East Champion Max Gresham will drive No. 23 AmWINS Chevrolet for five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2014. Gresham competed full-time last season scoring one top five and four top-10 finishes last season. Gresham's first race of the year will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. ... Joey Coulter has signed Alamo Ren- A-Car as a sponsor on his No. 21 Chevrolet for this weekend's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. ... When SS Green Light Racing fields the No. 07 truck this weekend for Ray Black, Jr. in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville, it will be the 315th consecutive NCWTS start for the team. The streak began back in 2001.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)