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Wrap-up: Martinsville Speedway

Monday, March 31, 2014


The Martinsville Speedway hosted the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 on Sunday (after the Cup race, postponed from Saturday due to rain) and the Sprint Cup STP 500 on Sunday. The Nationwide Series returns to action with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Friday, April 4 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The latest results on the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR “Home Tracks” are shown below.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the STP 500 with a lap of 18.998 seconds, 99.674 mph. With a first-round speed of 100.201 mph (18.898 seconds), Joey Logano set the track qualifying record. The previous record was set by Denny Hamlin on Oct. 25, 2013 (99.595 mph/19.013 seconds). This is Busch's 14th pole in 335 NSCS races. It is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014. Busch now has scored one Coors Light Pole in seven consecutive seasons. It is the No. 18 Toyota driver's first pole in 19 races at Martinsville Speedway. Busch led 22 laps and finished the race in 14th place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 35 David Reutimann.
Kurt Busch won the STP 500, his 25th victory in 477 NSCS races. This is the No. 41 Chevrolet SS driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2014. With the victory, Busch breaks an 83-start winless drought. His last win came at Dover on Oct. 2, 2011. This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville Speedway. Busch moved up four spots to 20th in the 2014 NSCS point standings.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
-Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch, #18 99.674 mph (Pole,14,6th)
-American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Joey Logano, #22 (3,4,8th)
-3M Lap Leader: Jimmie Johnson, #48 296 Laps (4,2,5th)
-Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Jimmie Johnson, #48
-Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #48
-Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kurt Busch, #41 (22,WINNER,20th)
-Moog Problem Solver:Drew Blickensderfer C.Chief for Marcos Ambrose,#9 1.812 sec (17,5,14th)
-Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Matt Kenseth, #20 (6,6,2nd)
-Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon, #3 (34,15,9th)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the point standings by 9 points over Matt Kenseth.
Top 16 - Chase Contenders (G/L):
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1
2. Matt Kenseth 3
3. Carl Edwards -2
4. Jeff Gordon -1
5. Jimmie Johnson 1
6. Kyle Busch 1
7. Brad Keselowski -3

8. Joey Logano 2
9. Austin Dillon 0
10. Ryan Newman -2
11. Paul Menard 3
12. Denny Hamlin -1
13. Brian Vickers 0
14. Marcos Ambrose 6
15. Tony Stewart 2
16. AJ Allmendinger 6

Duck Commander 500, Sunday, April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Standings: Regan Smith leads the point standings by 0 points over Trevor Bayne. They are tied at 185 points each but Smith has 4 bonus points to Bayne’s 0.
Next: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Friday, April 4 at Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Qualifying was cancelled due to weather conditions. The 36 drivers who made the race were set by the order of practice speeds in the first practice. No. 54 Toyota Tundra driver Darrell Wallace Jr. was the fastest in practice and led the field to the green flag. Wallace led 34 laps and finished in second place.
Did Not Qualify:None, only 36 trucks entered for the 36 spots.
Winner:Matt Crafton won the Kroger 250, his fourth victory in 318 NCWTS races. This is the No. 88 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and first top-10 finish in 2014. It is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway. His previous best finish was second, twice.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
-Keystone Light Pole Award: Not awarded (weather)
-Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Crafton, #88 (10,WINNER,3rd)
-Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Toyota Racing Technologies (TRT), #88
-Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ben Kennedy, #31 (6,3,6th)

Standings:Timothy Peters leads the standings by 0 points over Johnny Sauter. They are tied at 82 points each but Peters has 2 bonus points to Sauter’s 1.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Timothy Peters 0
2. Johnny Sauter 0
3. Matt Crafton 7
4. Ryan Blaney 0
5. Ron Hornaday Jr. -2
6. Ben Kennedy 5
7. German Quiroga 1
8. Darrell Wallace Jr. 13
9. Jeb Burton -4
10. Tyler Reddick -1

Next: SFP 250, Friday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway
Other Racing Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
March 22, ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway
Winner: Grant Enfinger   -   Pole: Justin Boston
Points Leader: Grant Enfinger
Next: April 27, Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway (Salem, Indiana)

NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East
March 22, Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway (Easley, SC)
Winner: Ben Rhodes   -   Pole: Ben Rhodes
Points Leader: Ben Rhodes
Next: April 25, Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West
March 22, NAPA 150 at Irwindale (CA) Speedway
Winner: Patrick Staropoli   -      Pole: Brandon McReynolds
Points Leader: Greg Pursley
Next: May 3, KNPSW Stockton at Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Next: May 18 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
Feb. 28, Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway
Winner: Daniel Suarez     -      Pole: Ruben Pardo
Points Leader: Daniel Suarez
Next: April 4, Mexico 240 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Feb. 18, UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway
Winner: Doug Coby   -   Pole: Ryan Preece
Next: April 6, Icebreaker 150 at Thompson (CT) Speedway

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
March 29, Prestoria Farms 150 at Caraway Speedway (Sophia, NC)
A very unfavorable forecast of continued rain throughout the day prompted NASCAR and Caraway Speedway officials to postpone Saturday’s Prestoria Farms 150. A makeup date for the event will be determined at a later date.
Points Leader: J.R. Bertuccio
Next: April 5, South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway

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