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

Kroger 250

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #3 of 23 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: Kroger

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, March 26
12:30 PM 3:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER & UNLOAD ONLY
3:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS EXIT INFIELD

Friday, March 27
6:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS & NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM 7:30 PM NCWTS & NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
9:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM 11:45 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
1:30 PM 2:25 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
3:00 PM 4:25 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE

5:00 PM 5:45 PM NCWTS Autograph Session

Saturday, March 28
7:00 AM 3:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
11:15 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)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Race results, point standings, lucky dogs, and official race report.

  • Logano wins at Martinsville: #29-Joey Logano won the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday after taking the lead following a final restart with 2 laps to go. The yellow waved after contact between #88- Matt Crafton and #00-Cole Custer. #88-Crafton went on to finish second followed by: #4-Erik Jones, #98-Johnny Sauter, #19-Tyler Reddick, #51-Daniel Suarez, #31-James Buescher, #05-John Wes Townley, #25-Matt Tifft, and #54-Justin Boston. There were 9 caution flags for 61 laps and 14 lead changes among 5 leaders.
    Logano started the race from the pole and led 150 of the event's 258 laps.
    With the win, he became the 26th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national series.
    Complete results are on the Martinsville race results page (pdf).(3-28-2015)

  • Martinsville Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 17th Annual Kroger 250, his first victory in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Martinsville Speedway.
    He is the 26th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national series.
    His victory was his first in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.
    Matt Crafton (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2015.
    Erik Jones (third) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Erik Jones (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 2 points over Tyler Reddick.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-28-2015)

  • Driver standings following Martinsville:
    1) #88-Matt Crafton, 128
    2) >#19-Tyler Reddick, 126, -2
    3) #4-Erik Jones, 122, -6
    4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 112, -16
    5) #31-James Buescher, 100, -28
    6) #05-John Wes Townley, 90, -38
    7) #13-Cameron Hayley, 84, -44
    8) #07-Ray Black, Jr., 58, -29
    9) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 84, -44
    10) #11-Ben Kennedy, 83, -45
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-28-2015)

  • Owner Standings following Atlanta are posted (pdf).(3-28-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #99-Silas, 31st
    Caution 2: #75-Holman, 21st
    Caution 3: #54-Boston, 10th
    Caution 4: #23-Gallagher, 14th
    Caution 5: #31-Buescher, 7th
    Caution 6: none
    Caution 7: #05-Townley, 8th
    Caution 8: #14-Hemric, 12th
    Caution 9: #33-Jones, 15th
    (3-28-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Entry List, Practice results, qualifying information, pit stalls.

  • Logano on pole at Martinsville: #29-Joey Logano won the pole for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 97.088mph. #00-Cole Custer will start second, followed by: ##13-Cameron Hayley, #4-Erik Jones, #05-John Wes Townley, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Tyler Reddick, #92-David Gilliland, #98-Johnny Sauter, and #02-Tyler Young.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #00-Custer with a speed 96.112mph.
    #29- Logano was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 94.913mph..
    #94-Wendell Chavous, #86-Brandon Brown, #74-Paige Decker and #87-Charles Buchanan Jr. failed to qualify for the race. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(3-28-2015)

  • Martinsville Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual Kroger 250 with a lap of 19.504 seconds, 97.088 mph.
    This is his first pole in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in one races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Cole Custer (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2015 and his third in three races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Cameron Hayley (third) posted his first top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
    Cameron Hayley (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-28-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Custer fastest in practice: #00-Cole Custer was fastest during practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday with a speed of 96.068mph. The race marks the debut for Custer's JR Motorsports team. #13-Cameron Hayley was second, followed by #98-Johnny Sauter, #29-Joey Logano, #19-Tyler Reddick, #4-Erik Jones, #02-Tyler Young, #7-Gray Gaulding, #05-John Wes Townley,and #25-Matt Tifft. 36 drivers practiced during the session. The trucks were scheduled to have three practice sessions, but rain forced NASCAR to alter the schedule, allowing just one lengthy session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice speeds page (pdf).(3-27-2015)

  • Rain at Martinsville UPDATE: The Camping World Truck Series was scheduled for three practice sessions at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, but rain has delayed on-track activity.(3-27-2015)
    UPDATE: Rain forced NASCAR to alter the schedule. The trucks will now have one practice session, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm/et.(3-27-2015)

  • Entry list: There are 36 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. A few notes:
    Cole Custer is in the #00 for JR Motorsports;
    Gray Gaulding is in the #7 for Red Horse Racing;
    John Hunter Nemechek is in the #8;
    Joey Logano is in the #29 for BKR;
    Tommy Regan is in the #35 for WinTron Racing;
    Jake Griffin is expected in the #63, though it is listed as TBA;
    The #74 is TBA;
    Charles Buchanan, Jr. is in the #87;
    David Gilliland is in the #92;
    UPDATE: Paige Decker will drive the #74;(3-25-2015)
    See the complete list on the Martinsville entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 3 - Kroger 250 Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval) - Martinsville, Va. Fast Facts for March 27-29, 2015

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

    Set limits: Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4468

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)

    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 at this track last October . . . Martinsville is the only track where NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Custer To Pilot JR Motorsports' No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado In Team's Trucks Debut

    Fresh off its first NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship - powered by the efforts of then-18-year-old wunderkind Chase Elliott (the youngest title-winner in NASCAR national series history) - JR Motorsports makes its first foray into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, debuting at Martinsville Speedway with another teenage prodigy - Cole Custer (the youngest NASCAR national series race and pole winner).

    Custer, 17, will pilot the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday's Kroger 250 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1), the first of 10 scheduled races he will run for JRM this season. Last year in his first NCWTS campaign, he amassed one victory, two poles, two top fives, six top 10s and 150 laps led in nine starts.

    JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has fielded race teams since 2002 and launched its XFINITY Series program in 2006. The team boasts 23 XFINITY Series wins and 42 late model victories, including track championships in 2012 and 2014. Elliott's XFINITY Series championship paired with Regan Smith's runner-up showing in points marked the first time in JRM's history it secured a one-two finish atop the standings.

    Kyle Busch Motorsports Looks To Continue Martinsville Streak

    For the last four years, Kyle Busch Motorsports has been a fixture in Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway. The Mooresville-based racing team has won one race each season at "The Paperclip" from 2011-14 (Denny Hamlin, 2011-12; Darrell Wallace Jr., 2013-14). Each of those races was in the fall though; none were won in the spring. KBM rival ThorSport has taken the last two checkered flags in the spring Martinsville showdowns (Johnny Sauter, 2013; Matt Crafton, 2014). Furthermore, Hamlin is not entered in Saturday's Kroger 250 and Darrell Wallace Jr. has moved on to the XFINITY Series with Roush Fenway Racing, so a fresh face will have to continue KBM's streak.

    Three drivers will attempt to pilot their KBM Toyota Tundra's past the finish line first: Erik Jones (No. 4), Daniel Suarez (No. 51) and Justin Boston (No. 54). Only Jones has competed at Martinsville. He claims finishes of ninth, 18th and fourth at the .526-mile track. Jones made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville in April 2013.

    Moto Family: John Hunter Nemechek Takes Father "Front Row" Joe's Place For 2015 Debut

    The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series got a taste of "Modern Family" at Auto Club Speedway last weekend when actor Eric Stonestreet served as the race's Official Pace Car driver.

    This Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will witness the third episode of its "Moto Family" when John Hunter Nemechek makes his 2015 debut in relief of his father "Front Row" Joe Nemechek.

    As a driver under the age of 18, Nemechek is limited to racing on tracks that are road courses of 1.25 miles or less in length. Last season, he ran a split schedule with his father, logging six top-10 finishes in 10 starts, with a best showing of fourth. Expectations are high for the younger Nemechek this season after his win at the Snowball Derby - one of the most prestigious events in short-track racing - in December.

    Following this weekend's race, Joe will compete in three of the next four events, lending the seat to John Hunter again at Dover. John Hunter turns 18 on June 11 and will take over the No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet full-time at Gateway on June 13.

    Standings Snapshot

    After a month-long layoff, the high-octane NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back in action at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

    Tyler Reddick is its current standings leader. The 19-year-old Brad Keselowski Racing driver is followed by Matt Crafton (-2), Erik Jones (-7), Johnny Sauter (-15) and James Buescher (-24).

    Crafton is the two-time defending series champion. Jones leads all Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates in the standings. Buescher took the Truck Series title in 2012.

    Rounding out the top 10 are Bryan Silas (-27), Ben Kennedy (-29), Ray Black Jr. (-29), Joe Nemechek (-29) and Korbin Forrister (-31).

    Can Kennedy Build On Strong Atlanta Finish?
    "Ken" he do it?

    This weekend at Martinsville, Ben Kennedy will attempt to build off his strong Atlanta showing, where he won his first career Keystone Light Pole Award and tied his personal-best with a third-place finish.

    History shows he "Ken."

    The No. 11 Red Horse Racing driver will try to top that career-high third-place finish he originally set at Martinsville last spring when he heads back to "The Paper Clip" for Saturday's Kroger 250. In two other starts at the .526-mile track, Kennedy owns finishes of fourth (fall of 2013) and 16th (fall of 2014).

    Rookies Readied For Martinsville At Test

    At times, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series can be unkind to rookies. The inexperienced drivers often struggle having to keep up with grizzled veterans like Matt Crafton, Jonny Sauter and Timothy Peters.

    Fortunately, the NCWTS rookie testing rule allows first-year drivers to test on tracks they have yet to race on.

    Justin Boston, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric put the extra work in, gaining valuable seat time last Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway - a track that can be unforgiving if a driver is not technically sound.

    NASCAR fans will see if practice made perfect in Saturday's Kroger 250 at "The Paperclip." Boston and Hemric hope to land in the top 10 for the first time this season, while Suarez attempts to improve on his fourth-place Atlanta showing.

    NCWTS Youth Movement

    One cool aspect of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is that it acts as a proving ground for young drivers to test their skills.

    Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway marks the first race of the season that drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 can compete. Wheelmen from that age group can only race on road courses or tracks 1.25 miles or less in length. Seventeen year olds Cole Custer, Gray Gaulding and John Hunter Nemechek will all make their 2015 NCWTS debuts this weekend. Although the youngest, they are not the only youthful drivers in the series. Erik Jones, Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones and Matt Tifft, all 18 years old, are also entered at Martinsville. Series points lead Tyler Reddick turned 19 in January.

Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

Countdown to the race: 02/24/2017 ~ 7:30 PM ET

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Daytona Beach, FL

Fox Sports 1
Sirius Channel 90
MRN Radio

Qualifying:
4:30 pm/et, Friday, February 24 - TV: Fox Sports 1
Practices:
2:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1
4:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1

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