Truck Race Preview: Martinsville

Johnny Sauter

If Johnny Sauter can capture a win at Martinsville on Saturday, he would become the all-time leader in wins in track history with four. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Saturday's Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 131.5 miles (250 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 70), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 140), Final Stage (Ends on lap 250)

Races: 36
Pole Winners: 25
Youngest Pole Winner: Cole Custer (10/31/2015 - 17 years, 9 months, 8 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Joe Ruttman (4/7/2001 - 56 years, 5 months, 10 days)
Race Winners: 25
Youngest Race Winner: Darrell Wallace Jr. (10/26/2013 - 20 years, 0 month, 18 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Jimmy Hensley (4/17/1999 - 53 years, 6 months, 6 days)
Races Won from Pole: 8
Last Race Won From Pole: Joey Logano (3/28/2015)
Race Record: Jimmy Hensley - 74.282 mph (4/17/1999)
Qualifying Record: Joey Logano - 97.088 mph (3/28/2015)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 31 Times 32 - 4 Times
Lead Changes: 6 17 (3/30/2014) 1 (10/18/2008)
Leaders: 5 8 - 3 Times (10/29/2011) 2 - 4 Times (3/31/2012)
Cautions: 5 16 - 2 Times (3/29/2008) 5 (10/29/2016)
Caution Laps: 33 87 (4/1/2006) 32 (10/18/2003)
Lead Lap Finish: 21 27 (10/22/2005) 10 - 2 Times (4/7/2001)
Running at the Finish: 29 34 - 3 Times (10/29/2011) 20 (4/7/2001)
Laps Led (Winner): 50 248 (3/31/2012) 2 (9/25/1995)
Margin of Victory*: 0.316 4.978 (4/17/1999) 0.257 (4/9/2005)

*Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution

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. 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 can capture a 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. 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
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 Dillon Returns To NASCAR Camping World Truck Series For First Time Since 2015: Ty Dillon was a late addition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series lineup at Martinsville and will run the No. 99 Chevrolet for Ranier Racing with Mathew Miller in this Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Ty’s brother Austin ran in the No. 99 Chevrolet at Atlanta and finished seventh. 

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. 

 

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