Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday afternoon, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway after qualifying on Saturday morning. 88 Matt Crafton sits on the pole with a speed of 96.352 mph and 19.653 seconds around this .526 mile tiny paper clip flat track. Martinsville Speedway is concrete in the turns and asphalt on the straightaways. 33 Ron Hornaday starts next to him on the front row.
88 chooses the inside and 33 and 88 race side by side for the lead. 88 leads, then 33 leads and 88 falls back. 13 Johnny Sauter nudges 33 aside to take the lead. Sprint Cup drivers, 18 Denny Hamlin and 2 Kevin Harvick get by 33. 5 Todd Bodine gets by 88. 2 passes 18 for second.
The first caution comes out during the commercial when 4 Ricky Carmichael has no brakes and gets hard into the wall. 13 stays out on the track, while the other trucks head for the pits for tires and adjustments. 13 and 33 race for the lead at the restart. 33 drives under 13 to lead. 60 Cole Whitt gets sideways through Turn 4, 23 Jason White turns 60, 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. bounces off the curb into 60 and the second caution comes out. 7 Miguel Paludo gets back onto the lead lap.
33 leads. 13 and 2 race for second and 2 takes the spot. 17 Timothy Peters drives under 13 for third. 97 Justin Lofton, a lap down is getting in the way. 13 gets by 18. 3 Austin Dillon drives under 5. 22 Joey Coulter follows 3 past 5. 88 drives under 17. 13 and 17 race side by side and 13 takes the position. 24 Elliott Sadler drives under 17. 18 takes the lead after getting by 2 in second. 20 Johanna Long has a right front tire going down and makes a pit stop.
97 is still slow on the track and in the way. 62 Brendan Gaughan gets into 97, spinning him in front of 13, bringing out the third caution. 31 James Buescher has an alternator issue. 18 and 33 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 13 and 17 get by 21 Cale Gale. The fourth caution comes out during the commercial when 66 Max Gresham gets sideways. 6 Justin Lofton sneaks by.
18 takes off. 13 drives under 33 for second. 66 goes around again in front of the leader, 18. The fifth caution comes out for debris with 18 and 13 racing for the lead. 39 Ryan Sieg spins 88 who is behind 33. 88 does a 360 and gets going. No caution.
The sixth caution comes out during the commercial. Team mates, 5 and 9 Max Papis get into each other. 70 Jeff Agnew gets his lap back. 24 and 3 restart up front. 2 and 24 race for the lead and 2 takes the lead. 33 and 6 race door to door and 33 gets by. 60 gets into 9 and scrapes the sheet metal off in front of the leaders, bringing out the eighth caution. 31 James Buescher gets back onto the lead lap.
3 and 2 race for the lead and 3 takes the lead. 51 Josh Richards has a flat tire and pits. 81 David Starr and 21 race side by side. 13 drives around 62. 33 gets by 62 on the outside. 32 Blake Feese is slow on the track and makes a pit stop. 39 crashes into the wall, bringing out the ninth caution. 92 Clay Rogers gets his lap back.
33 and 3 restart on the front row with twenty-two laps to go. The tenth caution comes out when 65 Tyler Tanner spins and 20 gets into 65 in front of the leaders. (The leaders were racing up to them and the caution didn’t come out until they were almost there!)
33 and 3 restart up front and race for the lead. 18 dives under them and takes the lead. 18 Denny Hamlin wins the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. After the race, 5 smacks 31 into 62 so 31 spins 5. What a mess that was! Ron Hornaday finished second, followed by Austin Dillon, Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Kevin Harvick, Cale Gale, Timothy Peters, Brendan Gaughan, and James Buescher for the top ten finishers. There were eight different leaders and eighteen lead changes. Austin Dillon stays in the lead in points. James Buescher stays in second. Ron Hornaday moves up a spot into third, while Johnny Sauter falls a spot to fourth. Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine stay fifth and sixth. Matt Crafton and Joey Coulter move up one spot each, while Cole Whitt falls two spots to ninth. Parker Kligerman rounds out the top ten in points.
Once again, one of the Sprint Cup drivers racing in the Truck Series race wins the Truck race.
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