ALPHA ENERGY SOLUTIONS 250
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #3 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race: Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Martinsville, VA
Title Sponsor: Alpha Energy Solutions
Race Time: 3:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1 – 3:00pm/et
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, March 30
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM 4:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM 4:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
2:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS EXIT
Friday, March 31
11:30 AM 4:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:30 AM 6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM 1:55 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:55 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM 5:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Saturday, April 1
7:30 AM 3:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
12:05 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
1:15 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING TENT OUTSIDE TURNS 3 & 4)
2:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM NCWTS RACE (250 LAPS, 131.5 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Elliott wins Martinsville: #23-Chase Elliott won the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, holding off challenges from #21-Johnny Sauter following a late race restart. #4-Christopher Bell, #18-Noah Gragson, #99-Ty Dillon, #7-Brett Moffitt, #66-Ross Chastain, #17-Timothy Peters, #88-Matt Crafton, and #16-Ryan Truex were the remainder of the top-10.
There were 10 caution flags for 63 laps and four lead changes among 3 leaders.
See results on the Martinsville race results page(4-1-2017)
Stage 1 – 70 laps – Winner, #23-Chase Elliott
Stage 2 – 140 laps – Winner, #21-Johnny Sauter
Stage 3 – 250 laps – Race winner, # #23-Chase Elliott
Martinsville Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
Chase Elliott(i) won the 19th Annual Alpha Energy Solutions 250, his second victory in 12 NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
Johnny Sauter (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 19 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his
second top-10 finish in 2017.
Christopher Bell (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville Speedway.
Noah Gragson (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 4 points over Christopher Bell.
Truck Series point standings following Martinsville:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter, 140
2) #4-Christopher Bell, 136, -4
3) #88-Matt Crafton, 117, -23
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 110, -30
5) #33-Kaz Grala, 103, -37
6) #27-Ben Rhodes, 103, -37
7) #29-Chase Briscoe, 93, -47
8) #98-Grant Enfinger, 84, -56
9) #92-Regan Smith, 81, -59
10) #7-Brett Moffitt, 73, -67
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner’s standings are posted on the Owner points standings page.(4-1-2017)
Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none
Caution 2: #49-Chavous, 23rd
Caution 3: #16-Truex, 10th
Caution 4: #92-Smith, 12th
Caution 5: #66-Chastain, 7th
Caution 6: #63-Donahue, 14th
Caution 7: #75-Holman, 22nd
Caution 8: #13-Coughlin, 19th
Caution 9: #49-Chavous, 23rd
Caution 10: #63-Donahue, 14th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Elliott on pole at Martinsville: #23-Chase Elliott won the pole for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. #21-Johnny Sauter will start alongside on row one. The remainder of the top 10: #17-Timothy Peters, #88-Matt Crafton, #66-Ross Chastain, #4-Christopher Bell, #51-Harrison Burton, #29-Chase Briscoe, #18-Noah Gragson and #98-Grant Enfinger.
Failed to qualify: #6-Norm Benning, #10-Charles Buchanan, Jr., and #22-Austin Wayne Self.
The starting lineup is posted on the Martinsville starting lineup page](4-1-2017)
Martinsville Qualifying Fast Facts:
Chase Elliott(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Alpha Energy Solutions 250
with a lap of 19.943 seconds, 94.951 mph.
This is his third pole in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
Johnny Sauter (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2017 and his 14th in 19 races at Martinsville
Timothy Peters (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third in three
races this season.
Chase Briscoe (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Qualifying will consist of three multi-truck rounds.Qualifying rules
Final Truck practice canceled in Martinsville: Rain forced NASCAR to cancel the final practice for the Camping World Truck Series teams on Friday at Martinsville Speedway. The cancellation of Friday afternoon’s on-track activity at the short track led to changes in Saturday’s schedule. The Trucks will now qualify an hour later, at 12:05 pm/et in order for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to have a practice session.(3-31-2017)
Bell fastest in opening Martinsville Truck practice:#4-Christopher Bell was fastest during the opening practice for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway at 93.724mph. #7-Brett Moffitt, #18-Noah Gragson, #33-Kaz Grala, #29-Chase Briscoe, #88-Matt Crafton, #51-Harrison Burton, #21-Johnny Sauter, #23-Chase Elliott and #8-John Hunter Nemechek were the remainder of the top-10. 34 trucks practiced. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(3-31-2017)
Truck Series entry list: There are 32 trucks entered for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 200 at Martinsville Speedway. See the complete list on the Martinsville entry list page (pdf).(3-27-2017)
UPDATE: Bryce Napier was added in the #1; #5-Forrister withdrew, Charles Buchanan is in the #10 in place of Cobb, Jordan Anderson is now listed in the #12, Donnie Levister is now listed in the #83, and Ty Dillon is now listed in the #99.
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Race No. 3 – Alpha Energy Solutions 250
Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval) – Martinsville, Va.
Fast Facts for March 31-April 2, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Set limits: Truck: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4588; Right-side — D-4722
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side — 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 10 psi; Left Rear — 10 psi;
Right Front — 23 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi
Storyline – New right-side tire to debut at Martinsville: Goodyear will bring a new tire recommendation to Martinsville for 2017, featuring a new right-side tread compound that was developed to help “rubber-in” the track. Martinsville’s concrete corners behave differently than asphalt, with the density of the surface making it more challenging for the rubber to continuously adhere to the track. This new right-side compound is married to a proven construction combination, which works well to optimize the acceleration, deceleration and cornering required for Martinsville’s unique configuration of long straightaways and tight, flat turns. And one other note that may play into the strategy of this Sunday’s race is the fact that Cup teams will have two less race sets than last year at Martinsville.
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Martinsville this weekend . . . this left-side tire code (D-4588) has been run at this track since April 2013 . . . this is a brand new right-side tire code (D-4722), which came out of a Goodyear tire test at Martinsville last October 4-5 . . . teams participating in that test were the Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, Furniture Row Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr., Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard and Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle . . . compared to what was run at Martinsville last year, this right-side tire features a compound change to help lay more rubber on the track . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will 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
Ringing The Bell Into Martinsville
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series picks back up this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on Saturday, April 1 (3 p.m. ET on FOX). NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Christopher Bell will look to capture back-to-back wins for the first time in his young career.
Bell captured his first win of the 2017 season in the Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The win jolted him into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs and atop of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings. The No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has raced in two career races at Martinsville Speedway- both in 2016. He finished 19th in April and fourth in October. Bell leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings by seven points over reigning series champion Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes. Sunoco Rookie contender Kaz Grala (-15) and Matt Crafton (-21) round out the top five.
Sauter Looking To Skip Into Martinsville Speedway History
Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Sauter has a chance to make history at Martinsville Speedway this weekend with a win in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
If Sauter captures at win at Martinsville on Saturday, he would become the all-time leader in wins in track history with four. Sauter captured his third win at Martinsville last season when he took the checkered in the fall and punched his ticket into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs.
In seven of his last eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville, Sauter has posted top-10 finishes, including two wins (2016 – fall and 2013 – spring).
In 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Sauter has three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s and 386 laps led.
Mixing It Up At Martinsville
The last five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway have all been won by different race winners.
Johnny Sauter (2016 – fall) Kyle Busch (2016 – spring) Matt Crafton (2015 – fall) Joey Logano (2015 – spring) Darrell Wallace Jr. (2014 – fall)
Will Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 produce its sixth-consecutive different NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at Martinsville Speedway?
There have been seven drivers who have won multiple NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway since 1995:
Kevin Harvick (3) Johnny Saunter (3) Dennis Setzer (3) Mike Skinner (3) Matt Crafton (2) Denny Hamlin (2) Darrell Wallace Jr. (2)
Getting Off To A Fast Start
Since 2010, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver who has started on the pole for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, has gone on to win the race five times. Those winners account for 36 percent of all 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Martinsville from 2010-16.
Starting with the most recent, below are the drivers to win the pole and the race at Martinsville Speedway between 2010-16:
Joey Logano (2015 – spring)
Darrell Wallace Jr. (2014 – fall)
Kevin Harvick (2012 – spring)
Johnny Sauter (2011 – spring)
Kevin Harvick (2010 – spring)
Based on recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history (2010-2016), if you win the pole at Martinsville, you have a 36 percent chance at winning the race.
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Crafton Counting Up Martinsville Speedway Records:
Matt Crafton has accumulated multiple Martinsville Speedway track records over his 17-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.
He currently leads the following series categories at Martinsville Speedway:
• Races Run (30)
• Top 10s (17)
• Lead Lap Finishes (26)
• Laps Completed (6,665)
Chase Elliott Trucking At Martinsville: Chase Elliott will run this Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 for GMS Racing. This will be Elliott’s second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2017. He started ninth at Atlanta in the Active Pest Control 200 and finished fifth. Elliott’s last win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series came in 2013 at Bowmanville.
Ty last appeared in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015 and finished 23rd. He has 53 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career starts with three wins, 19 top fives and 35 top 10s.
Harrison Burton Readies to Make 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut at Martinsville: NASCAR Next alumni (Class of 2016) and K&N Pro Series East driver Harrison Burton will make his 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra. Burton appeared in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race last season – the fall race at Martinsville Speedway. He finished with a top-25 in the No. 18 KBM Toyota after starting 16th.