NCWTS: Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway-Preview

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

Information 

Date:Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: 2 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. ET on SPEED)

Location: Martinsville Speedway

Track: 1/2 Mile Short Track

Race Distance: 200 laps/ 105.2 miles

Broadcast: TV-SPEED Channel — Radio- MRN( Motor Racing Network) Sirius XM Channel 90

Weather 

High: 59° F

Low: 32°F

Chance of Rain: 10%

Wind: From the NNW at 10 mph

Humidity:57%

UV Index: Moderate 4

Drivers To Watch 

Target: Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr. , Timothy Peters

Avoid: Nelson Piquet Jr., Miguel Paludo

Sleepers: Elliot Sadler,Austin Dillon, James Buescher, Josh Richards

Analysis: There is now denying the fact that the Martinsville Speedway and Denny Hamlin are a near perfect match for one another. With 5 career paper clip victories in the Sprint Cup Series, Hamlin makes a return to the trucks behind the wheel of the #18 for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Kevin Harvick has asserted himself as the ‘King of Martinsville’ in the truck series. Always putting on a strong showing, Harvick will once again be one to watch as he hops aboard the rocket ship known as the #2 truck. After beating names such as Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick back in the spring, Johnny Sauter heads into this weekend as the top dog of the series regulars here this weekend. Both Ron Hornaday and Timothy Peters accomplished milestone achievements on the famous half-mile oval. Hornaday, who has been a threat every time he is in a truck, finally picked up his first career Martinsville grandfather clock last year in this race. Two years ago however, it was Timothy Peters claiming his first ever NCWTS win on his home track of Martinsville.

With little to no experience on the tough half-mile of Martinsville Speeway, Saturday may be a struggle for points contenders Austin Dillon and James Buescher. Dillon has never had a top five finish on the paper clip, with his best finish coming in the spring race this year(seventh). Buescher on the other hand, hasn’t even scored a top 10. With a 35th place finish in the spring, and 11th and 12th place finishes in his other two starts, its safe to say the name of the game for Buescher on Saturday is; keep the fenders on it and complete all 200 laps.

Notes 

-22 races down, 3 more to go in the fight for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship

-Last weekend at Talladega, title two of the main contenders yet again suffered a struggle of a weekend. Johnny Sauter was involved in a crash early on in the race after riding around in the back. Sauter was eventually able to finish in the 15th spot but not without a total team effort from his Thor Sport Racing Crew. Austin Dillon was showing his muscle as he tries to capture his first title with assistance from Kyle Busch late in the going at Talladega. Trying to conserve fuel, Dillon’s truck slowed below NASCAR’s minimum speed under the caution. Dillon was sent to the back of the line for the late race restart, eventually finishing up in the seventh position.

-In this race one year ago, Ron Hornaday Jr. claimed his very first Martinsville victory beating teammate and truck owner, Kevin Harvick in the process. In 22 carrer short track victories in NASCAR’s third series, only one has come at the tight paper clip.

-Denny Hamlin makes a rare appearance in the truck series, and you can be sure he will be a threat for the win when the checkered flag falls on Saturday. Driving the #18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motor Sports, Hamlin will be trying to capture his first career NCWTS victory on arguably his best race track. Hamlin has made known that he has wanted to hop aboard a KBM truck for quite a while now, and team owner Kyle Busch believes Hamlin is “unbeatable’ at the Martinsville Speedway.

Remaing Races On The 2011 Schedule: Texas Motor Speedway ( 11/04/11), Homestead Miami Speedway (11/18/11)

Entry List for the 13th Annual Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

#1 Brad Queen TBA Chevrolet

#2 Kevin Harvick Kroger/Tide Chevrolet

#3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet

#4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet

#5 Todd Bodine NTB/Service Central Toyota

#6 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet

#07 Butch Miller TBD Chevrolet

#7 Miguel Paludo Stemco Duroline Toyota

#8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Qualcomm/Autotrac Chevrolet

#09 Bryan Silas Rockingham Speedway Ford

#9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota

#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb SuddenLink Media Ford

#13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet

#17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota

#18 Denny Hamlin Toyota/TRAXXAS  Toyota

#20 Johanna Long Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota

#21 Cale Gale Rheen Heating Chevrolet

#22 Joey Coulter RCR Graphics Center Chevrolet

#23 Jason White GunBroker.com Chevrolet

#24 Elliot Sadler Virginia Lottery Chevrolet

#29 Parker Kligerman Penske Truck Leasing Dodge

#31 James Buescher Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet

#32 Blake Feese TBA Chevrolet

#33 Ron Hornaday Jr. Steam-Umm Steaks/ Chastity Baker Chevrolet

#36 Grant Enfinger England’s Stove Works Dodge

#39 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet

#51 Josh Richards Joy Mining Machinery Toyota

#57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet

#60 Cole Whitt Fuel Doctor/ Red Bull Chevrolet

#62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota

#65 Tyler Tanner EF-65 Ford

#66 Max Gresham World Crown 300/ Gresham Associates Chevrolet

#68 Clay Greenfield Anave Weight Loss Dodge

#70 Jeff Agnew TBA Chevrolet

#81 David Starr Zachary/ NCCER/ ASI Limited Toyota

#88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevrolet

#92 Clay Rogers Tri City Tire/ Fleet HQ/ BTS Tire & Wheel Chevrolet

#93 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet

#96 Todd Peck Arthritis.org Chevrolet

#97 Matt Lofton Strutmasters.com Toyota

#99 Charles Vest Rockingham Speedway Ford

 

 

Leave a Reply