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Alpha Energy Solutions 250

TRACK: Martsinville Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #3 of 23 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: Alpha Energy Solutions

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:49pm/et

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TENTATIVE

Thursday, March 31
10:30 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM 4:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM 4:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS EXIT

Friday, April 1
7:30 AM-5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM-6:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
9:15 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM-10:55 AM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 PM 1:55 PM NCWTS 2ND PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:50 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:45 PM 5:30 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Saturday, April 2
8:00 AM-3:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
11:15 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
12:45 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GOODYEAR TENT)
2:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM NCWTS RACE (250 LAPS, 131.5 MILES)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Martinsville race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins Truck Series Race at Martinsville: #18-Kyle Busch won the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. It is his 45th series win and his 1st at Martinsville. He led 123 of the 255 laps. The race was scheduled for 250 laps but went into overtime.
    #8-John Hunter Nemechek finished second, followed by #9-William Byron, #24-Kyle Larson, #17-Timothy Peters, #23-SPencer Gallagher, #88-Matt Crafton, #92-Parker Kligerman, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #98-Rico Abreu.
    Pole sitter #41-Ben Rhodes was caught in a late accident and finished 16th.
    There were 11 cautions for 68 laps and 8 lead changes among 4 leaders. There were 2 red flags for track cleanup after the final 2 cautions.
    The average speed was 61.811mph.
    Complete results are on the Martinsville race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-2-2016)

  • Martinsville Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 18th Annual Alpha Energy Solutions 250, his 45th victory in 130 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Martinsville Speedway. It is also his first NASCAR national series win in 31 starts at Martinsville.
    John H Nemechek (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second consecutive runner-up finish at Martinsville.
    William Byron (third) posted his career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top-10 finish.
    John H Nemechek leads the point standings by 3 points over Parker Kligerman.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-2-2016)

  • Truck Series Driver standings following Martinsville:
    1) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 83
    2) #92-Parker Kligerman, 80, -3
    3) #17-Timothy Peters, 77, -6
    4) #02-Tyler Young, 67, -16
    5) #13-Cameron Hayley, 66, -17
    6) #81-Ryan Truex, 66, -17
    7) #19-Daniel Hemric, 65, -12
    8) #86-Brandon Brown, 62, -21
    9) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 62, -21
    10) #41-Ben Rhodes, 61, -22
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-2-2016)

  • Truck Series Owner Standings following Martinsville are posted (pdf).(4-2-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #63-Boyd, 28th
    Caution 2: #71-Bliss, 30th
    Caution 3: #32-Haley, 26th
    Caution 4: #44-Self, 15th
    Caution 5: #44-Self, 15th
    Caution 6: #07-Lee, 17th
    Caution 7: #07-Lee (2), 17th
    Caution 8: #81-Truex, 12th
    Caution 9: #63-Boyd (2), 28th
    Caution 10: #81-Truex (2), 12th
    Caution 11: #19-Hemric, 22nd
    (4-2-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit stall selections(pdf)

  • Ben Rhodes on Truck Series pole at Martinsville: #41-Ben Rhodes won the pole for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.322 mph. #18-Kyle Busch will start second, followed by #21-Johnny Sauter, #13-Cameron Hayley, #24-Kyle Larson, #51-Daniel Suarez, #9-William Byron, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #29-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #23-Spencer Gallagher, and #00-Cole Custer.
    Rhodes was also fastest in the second round with a speed of 96.073mph.
    #24-Kyle Larson was fastest in the first round at 95.854mph.
    #44-Tommy Jo Martins backed into the wall during the first session. He will go to a backup.
    Did not qualify: #22-Austin Wayne Self, #66-Jordan Anderson, #50-Travis Kvapil, #6-Norm Benning, #78-Chris Fontaine, & #14-Natalie Decker.
    See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(4-2-2016)

  • Martinsville Truck Series Qualifying Notes:
    Ben Rhodes won the Keystone Light 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 18th Annual Alpha Energy Solutions 250 with a lap of 19.659 seconds, 96.322 mph.
    This is his first pole in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his second top-10 start in 2016.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his fifth in nine races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Johnny Sauter (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-2-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Cole Custer fastest in final Truck practice: #00-Cole Custer was fastest in final practice for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 95.694 mph. He was followed by #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #41-Ben Rhodes, #18-Kyle Busch, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #33-Kaz Grala, #24-Kyle Larson, #9-William Byron, #21-Johnny Sauter, and #4-Christopher Bell. All 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(4-1-2016)

  • Ben Rhodes leads second Truck practice: #41-Ben Rhodes was fastest in the second practice session for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. His speed was 95.448mph. #9-William Byron was second, followed by #00-Cole Custer, #29-Tyler Reddick, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #33-Kaz Grala, #88-Matt Crafton, #17-Timothy Peters, #19-Daniel Hemric, and #51-Daniel Suarez. All 38 drivers were on track during the session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-1-2016)

  • William Byron paces first Truck practice: #9-William Byron was fastest during opening practice at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 95.309 mph. He was followed by #17-Timothy Peters, #18-Kyle Busch, #21-Johnny Sauter, #00-Cole Custer, #02-Tyler Young, #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Daniel Hemric, #41-Ben Rhodes, and #24-Kyle Larson. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-1-2016)

  • Truck Series Entry List: There are 39 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. A few notes:
    The #07 is TBA;
    The #10 of Jennifer Jo Cobb is TBA;
    Kyle Busch makes his first start in the #18;
    Kyle Larson will drive the #24 for GMS;
    J.J. Haley is in the #32 for Todd Braun;
    Kaz Grala will drive the #33 for GMS;
    Spencer Boyd will be in the #63 for Mike Mittler;
    The #71 is TBA;
    The #74 is TBA.(3-28-2016)
    UPDATE: Claire Decker will be in the #10 of Jennifer Jo Cobb.(3-28-2016)
    UPDATE: Paige Decker will be in the #74 of Mike Harmon.(3-29-2016)
    UPDATE: Natalie Decker will be in the #14 for NTS.(3-29-2016)
    UPDATE: Mike Bliss will drive the #71 for Contreras Motorsports.(3-30-2016)
    UPDATE: Bryce Napier will be in the #1; Shane Lee will drive the #07; Donnie Levister will be in the #62 for Faith Motorsports; Ryan Truex has been added in the #81.(3-30-2016)
    UPDATE: Donnie Leivster and the #62 team have withdrawn. There are 38 trucks at the track.(4-1-2016)
    See the complete list on the Martinsville entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    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 these teams have run at this track since October 2014 . . . this left-side tire code has been run at this track since April 2013 . . . 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

    Martinsville Media Day Recap
    Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick, Ben Rhodes and Tyler Young appeared at Martinsville Speedway last Tuesday to promote Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

    Below are some soundbites from the day:

    Hemric Discusses NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Abundance Of Competition - “I think you’re going to have to win a race if not two races to make this deal. There are going to be a substantial amount of one-time winners, I think, and that’s what is so unique about the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. There’s so much talent, we may see 10 or 11 first-time winners. I feel like the fans have seen the first two races of the season and they’ll see here coming into Martinsville we legitimately feel like there’s a range from 12-15 trucks, that depending on the race track, could win the race.”

    Nemechek Focused On Winning More Races - “It feels great to have our ticket punched for the Chase. To be able to come to the race track and not have to worry about points every single week, we can come to the race track and focus on winning. I think you’re going to see a lot more strategy and gambling from the guys who have their ticket punched to the Chase, rather than trying to salvage a good day in points if you aren’t running so well. Whatever it is, a two-tire call or a four-tire call at the end when nobody else is doing it, I think you’re going to see a lot of that.”

    Reddick Ready To Race- “I’ve just been really wanting to get back to racing. I miss racing. I love racing. We run 23 times, I’m blessed to be able to run the full-season (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series schedule, but I’m used to racing a lot more throughout my whole life. ... I’m just glad to be able to come back and race here at Martinsville again. This place, it’s breathtaking, the racing it puts on here. You’ll either be the happiest guy alive leaving the race track or you’ll be the maddest guy alive ... So, it definitely brings a lot of emotion out of the drivers. It definitely brings a lot of emotion out of the fans. It puts on great racing and I just can’t wait to come back.”

    Rhodes Lauds The Advantages Of Finally Racing Full-Time - “What it does for you mentally, I can’t even put it in words. Especially when you’re able to contend for points, championship, rookie of the year, there’s just something, an unspoken nature that it does for you mentally and to just be able to have that bond with all of your guys. Not to say that I didn’t have that last year, but I wasn’t in the car full-time. That was the hardest thing for a learning driver - to not be in there. When I was watching the competition, I wasn’t really advancing because I was trying to apply what I learned from one race a month later. It was just hard to do that. Just for me, it might be easier to do for others guys, but I struggled with it. This year, being able to run 23 races, it’s going to be a good time. Before this season, before running full-time, this is a full step up for me because I only ran 14 national series events (before). That’s all I ran. And now I get 23 of them in one year, I’m a happy camper.”

    Young Off To Best Start Ever - “We talked last year, if we could ever get out of Daytona ok, I think it just sets you up with big momentum for the whole year. We finally played it right this year with a good finish, and went to Atlanta and had a good run. We always have this one circled on our calendar, at Martinsville, because I feel like we can run strong here. We just have to kind of mind our own business and keep our momentum going, get out of here with a good day, just keep upbeat and get ready for Kansas a month later.”

    3 By 4: Three Teams Have Four Drivers Entered For Alpha Energy Solutions 250
    Kyle Busch Motorsports, GMS Racing and ThorSport Racing all have four trucks entered in Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

    KBM heads to Southern Virginia with Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates Christopher Bell and William Byron, in addition to current NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Daniel Suárez and 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.

    GMS will take the track with Daytona winner Johnny Sauter, Spencer Gallagher, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standout Kaz Grala and 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson.

    ThorSport brings its regular stable of drivers to Martinsville - two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley, defending two-time Chili Bowl Nationals winner Rico Abreu and 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes.

    Party Of 3: Deckers Ready To Wheel At Martinsville
    Sisters Paige and Claire Decker, along with their cousin Natalie, will all attempt to qualify for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

    Natalie and Claire will make their NCWTS debut while Paige has one start to her name (Martinsville, November of 2015).

    Paige and Claire can join Amber and Angela Cope as the second pair of sisters to make a NASCAR national series start.

    Natalie, an alumna of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program operated by Rev Racing, will take the seat of the No. 14 NTS Motorsports entry. In 2012, the Eagle River, Wisconsin native won the Central Wisconsin Super Stock Association championship. She is part of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) - a program that has been established by the family of late NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Alan Kulwicki to help worthy drivers along the way in reaching their dream, while at the same time keeping Alan Kulwicki's memory and legacy alive.

    “I'm excited but nervous to make my first laps in the No. 14 Chevrolet.” Natalie said. “I hope to learn a lot on and off track. I am super thankful for this opportunity to be able to show my abilities and join an elite class of drivers."

    Claire will pilot the No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet. She has competed in the Super Late Model ARCA Midwest Tour Series and won the “Trickle 99” Super Late Model race honoring fellow Wisconsin racer Dick Trickle.

    “I understand I am facing an uphill battle and am looking forward to my first time in a truck,” Claire said. “Of course I want to make this race against a very competitive field but the worst case scenario is that I gain a lot of experience, meet new fans and showcase my sponsors to a larger audience.”

    Paige will compete in the No. 74 truck for Mike Harmon Racing. Also an alumna of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, Paige won the Super Late Tundra Feature Round Four at Golden Sands Speedway in 2013, becoming the first female and first rookie to win the event.

    *The record for most female drivers starting a NASCAR national series race is four, set at Martinsville on Oct. 23, 2010 (Jennifer Jo Cobb, Amber Cope, Angela Cope, Johanna Long). Three female drivers have started a NASCAR race on several occasions, most recently on Oct. 20, 2012 at Kansas (Jennifer Jo Cobb, Johanna Long, Danica Patrick).

    Grala Attempting To Make Truck Series Debut At Martinsville
    Seventeen-year-old Kaz Grala will attempt to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the No. 33 Chevrolet for GMS Racing. Grala takes the reigns of the No. 33 from Grant Enfinger, who was originally scheduled to race the whole season, but will now run select events.

    Grala currently competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Ben Kennedy Racing. In three NKNPSE starts this season, he has produced a top-five finish and two top-10 showings. The Westborough, Massachusetts native finished seventh in the NKNPSE standings in 2014 and 2015.

    In January, Grala became the youngest driver to ever participate in the Rolex 24.

    Also attempting to make their NCWTS debuts are Claire Decker, Natalie Decker and Spencer Boyd.

    Boyd, 20, will pilot the No. 63 Go-Parts Dodge Ram for MB Motorsports. A veteran of the Whelen All-American Series, he earned the 2014 Super Trucks championship at Hickory Speedway in 2014.

    “Growing up in St. Louis, MB Motorsports was the local NASCAR team, so I’ve followed them since I was a kid,” Boyd said. “This really is a dream come true. There are so many people to thank for helping me get to this point, now I just want to make them proud by putting on a good show for my family, my partners, and certainly Go-Parts who is also making their NASCAR debut.”

    Haley Set To Make Fourth Truck Series Start
    Fresh of his thrilling victory in last Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, Justin Haley heads to Martinsville where he will attempt to make his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the Braun Motorsports No. 32 Truck.

    Haley, 16, competed in three races last season, earning a high finish of seventh at Phoenix.

    In three NKNPSE starts this year for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, Haley has recorded one win, two top fives and three top 10s. He ranks third in the series standings. Last season, he finished sixth in the NKNPSE standings on the strength of six top fives and 10 top 10s.

    Grandfather Clock: Elder Statesman Crafton Looks To Continue Martinsville Success
    Fall Martinsville race winner Matt Crafton will attempt to capture his second consecutive victory at the Virginia short track in Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

    In a series record 28 starts at Martinsville, the 39-year-old Tulare, California native claims two wins, eight top fives and an all-time series-best 16 top 10s.

    He has dominated in his last four starts at Martinsville, logging finishes of first, third, second and first from spring of 2014 through fall of 2015.

    In the first two races of the season, the two-time series champion finished 10th at Daytona and 30th at Atlanta. He led 76 of the first 111 laps at Atlanta before a wreck ended his day.

    Standings Snapshot
    Through two races, Johnny Sauter and John Hunter Nemechek have all but clinched the first two spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase by winning at Daytona and Atlanta, respectively.

    Parker Kligerman leads the series points. He is followed by Daniel Hemric (-1), Nemechek (-3), Timothy Peters (-6) and Tyler Young (-8). Ryan Truex (-10), Brandon Brown (-12), Ben Rhodes (-12), Grant Enfinger (-13) and Sauter (-14) round out the top 10.

    Joey Logano won last year’s spring race at Martinsville, while Matt Crafton took the checkered flag in the fall.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
    No Days Off: Bell Wins Ohio Sprint Car Series Event
    While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was off last weekend, Christopher Bell was keeping his racing skills sharp. The Oklahoman won the first Ohio Sprint Car Series contest on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway. ...

    Sprint Cup Stars Entered At Martinsville
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson will pull double-duty at Martinsville this weekend, competing in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in addition to the NSCS STP 500.

Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

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

Daytona International Speedway
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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