NASCAR Racing At Martinsville

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is in Martinsville, VA. at the short track, paper clip of Martinsville Speedway. At .526 miles, Martinsville is the shortest track in NASCAR. It is also the oldest track. Martinsville Speedway started out as a dirt track, then was paved. The cars were eating up the track in the corners, so instead of repaving after each race, they put concrete in the corners. Martinsville Speedway is the only track that is asphalt on the straight aways and concrete in the corners. The track has not changed it’s shape in all these years. It is true short track racing with two drag strips and two u-turns. A race car driver favorite. And the trophy at this track is a Grandfather Clock!

Fast Friday saw practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Trucks practiced for the Kroger 250 race on Saturday with Nelson Piquet, Jr. being the fastest. The Sprint Cup drivers practiced for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 race on Sunday. Jeff Gordon was fastest. Coors Light Pole Qualifying order is determined by practice speeds, with the fastest going out last and the slowest going out first.

Mother Nature slowed things down on Saturday with rain to start out the day. Rain stopped and the track was dried, but this backed things up. Coors Light Pole Qualifying did take place for the Sprint Cup race, the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, with 5 Kasey Kahne capturing the Pole position with a speed of 97.128 mph and 19.496 seconds around this short track. This is his second Pole of the year and he is the first repeat Pole winner.

The Camping World Trucks also qualified on Saturday for the Kroger 250, but I didn’t get to see this. Kevin Harvick sat on the pole with a speed of 95.665 mph and 19.794 seconds. Ty Dillon starts the race on the front row in second. There were 43 trucks entered into this race with only 36 starting positions! Seven drivers had to go home.

The Kroger 250 was raced on Saturday. 2 Kevin Harvick chose the outside lane even though the inside is the best starting position. He is a team mate of 3 Ty Dillon, starting second. 2 took off and came down in front of 3 to lead the race. After five laps he let 3 lead two laps before taking over again.

The first caution had 9 Ron Hornaday spinning in front of 6 Justin Lofton. 17 Timothy Peters takes second from 3. 88 Matt Crafton is loosing power and his tack is going crazy. He needs to change the battery. The second caution came out when 22 Joey Coulter melted the bead in the tire and got into the wall. 88 heads for the pits, even though it was closed, to change the battery. He comes back in to change the tires. 7 John King (Winner of the Daytona race) gets back onto the lead lap.

A third caution came out but I was distracted and didn’t catch why. 27 Jeb Burton pushes 9 down the track, out of his way. 88 and 9 race for the Lucky Dog position and 88 gets by. The fourth caution comes out for 15 Dusty Davis stopped on the track and 88 Matt Crafton gets back on the lead lap. 31 James Buescher gets by 17 for third. 11 Todd Bodine drives inside 13 Johnny Sauter for sixth. 81 David Starr has a tire going down and spins, bringing out the fifth caution. 9 Ron Hornaday gets his lap back. The Green Flag comes out during the commercial. 2 again takes off on the outside. 6 gets by 31 for third. 13 gets by 17 and 6 into fourth. 11 has a tire going down, breaking the sway bar. 18 Jason Leffler is dropping fluid. 22 has another tire going down and pits. The sixth caution is 92 David Reutimann loosing the right front tire. 13 is in the pits with the hood up.

At the restart 2 again takes off on the outside. 31 bumps 3, but cannot get by. 9 was not in position for the restart and the seventh caution comes out for 27 Brennan Newberry and 32 Miguel Paludo sideways, and 24 Max Gresham spinning. 27 has nowhere to go. 33 Cale Gale has to pit for a flat tire.

2 Kevin Harvick wins the Kroger 250 after leading 248 of 250 laps! This was his fourteenth Truck Series win. He started on the Pole and won the race, something he has done four times! Harvick will be racing on Sunday in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race, with a chance to sweep the track.

Ty Dillon finished second, followed by James Buescher, Justin Lofton, Timothy Peters, Nelson Piquet, Jr., Ross Chastain, Jason Leffler, John King and Jason White for the top ten. John King remains the points leader, one point ahead of Timothy Peters and Justin Lofton, tied for second. Ty Dillon moves up four spots into fourth while Jason White falls a spot to fifth. James Buescher moves up ten positions into sixth. Parker Kligerman moves up three positions into seventh. Nelson Piquet, Jr. moves up twelve positions into eighth after finishing fifth. Ron Hornaday moves up four positions into ninth while Todd Bodine falls five spots into tenth.

Next up: Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. See you after the race.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I Love NASCAR racing.

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