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NEMCO Motorsports was within striking distance of a top finishing slot before a bout of bad luck struck at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this weekend. A broken rear-end gear relegated John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 8 SWM International Inc. Chevrolet Silverado team to a 29th-place finish in the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway.
Nemechek started Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the Martinsville Speedway from the 16th position based on the results of the qualifying session earlier that day. Over the opening laps of the extended 250-lap event, the 17-year old driver worked his way up to the 12th position by Lap 30. When the first caution flag waved on Lap 35, crew chief Gere Kennon called Nemechek in for two right-side Goodyear tires and Sunoco Racing fuel, and Nemechek restarted in the fourth position, looking to continue his forward progression. Under the Lap 55 caution, Kennon made the decision to stay out and not pit the Chevrolet Silverado. Once the field went green on Lap 69, the 32-truck field stayed caution-free for over 70 laps, the longest green-flag run in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history at Martinsville Speedway.
Nemechek eventually fell back to the 10th position by Lap 120 reporting “snug” conditions, and the team put together a plan to improve the handling of the NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet. Relief came on Lap 143 when the third caution flag was displayed, and under caution, Nemechek pitted for four fresh tires, two cans of fuel and a tear-off. He restarted seventh and drove his way up into the sixth position by Lap 150. As the event entered its final stages, Nemechek and Kennon felt the Chevrolet Silverado was in good form as they chose not to pit during a caution on Lap 164. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year contender continued to work and made his way into the top five by Lap 173.
Nemechek was battling for the fourth position when, on Lap 174, something broke in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado. With no forward drive, he slowed to a standstill at the entrance of the garage in Turn 3 to bring out the sixth caution of the day. A review of the equipment by the team determined that the rear-end gear had broken, and the team did not have enough time to fix it and get back out onto the .526-mile track. Nemechek and the NEMCO Motorsports team finished in the 29th position.
Start - 16 Finish - 29 Laps Led - 0
JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE:
“This weekend at Martinsville Speedway, I feel like we unloaded strong. We made good adjustments in practice, and making the personnel change over the off-season has helped week-in and week-out with our Chevrolet Silverado. Also, our communications skills are getting stronger.
“That was my debut of the season, and we did not qualify as well as we wanted to, but we made a charge to the front. I cannot thank our NEMCO Motorsports guys enough for all of their help. I am looking forward to the next event – at Dover International Speedway.”
Roush Yates Engines and FORD Performance powered Joey Logano to the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series poles, a new track record and his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Martinsville Speedway. Team Penske captures two of three podium positions in Sprint Cup race at Martinsville.
The No. 29 Cooper Standard FORD F-Series truck of Joey Logano dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville leading more than half the race in route to the win. He also set a blistering qualifying speed of 97.088mph which is a new track record, earning him the pole position.
“It’s cool to say that I’ve won in all three series now.” Said Logano, “I prepped my tires down the back straightaway and made sure I had them clean enough. I had a good jump and then just drive it in there and hope for the best.”
It’s Logano’s first career Camping World Truck Series. Roush Yates Engines have powered Logano to a win in all 3 of NASCAR’s National Series this year including the Daytona 500 for Sprint Cup, Xfinity at Phoenix and Camping World Trucks at Martinsville. He becomes the 26th driver in NASCAR history to complete such a feat. He has also sat on the pole for all three of NASCAR’s National Series this year.
With the win, Brad Keselowski Racing has won two of three Camping World Truck Series races in 2015. Both Tyler Reddick and Logano have won their first career Truck Series races this year. Reddick sits just 2 points out of 1st in Truck Series points after this weekend.
On Sunday, Logano in his No. 22 Pennzoil FORD Fusion qualified on the pole for the STP 500 at Martinsville and led 108 laps. Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski had a great day leading 18 laps and finishing second. Logano would finish the race in a closely contested third. The second and third place finishes give FORD Performance drivers momentum heading into Texas in two weeks.
“Team Penske has done a great job working with FORD with the Roush Yates motors.” Said Logano “We had a fast car and obviously a good motor and it all kind of worked out well.”
Logano and Keselowski are now in the Top five of Sprint Cup points and both drivers have already qualified for The Chase. Both drivers have one win a piece and a total of five top five between them in six races.
The Sprint Cup Series takes next weekend off for Easter then heads to Texas Motor Speedway. Logano is the defending champion of the Duck Commander 500 at Texas. The Team Penske duo led more than half the race in 2014.
The Pirelli World Challenge was back in action this weekend for the Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Round 3 of the GTS class saw a podium sweep with the FORD Mustang Boss 302 as Dean Martin, Kurt Rezzetano and Spencer Pumpelly finished top three. Round 4 of the GTS class saw the top four positions swept by the FORD Mustang Boss 302 with Pumpelly, Andrew Aquilante, Rezzetano and Martin sweeping the top four positions.
“It was a really good race.” Said Pumpelly “It was good for FORD and the manufacturer points to go 1-2-3-4. The ability of the Mustang and its torque to drive off so many of the 90 degree corners is a big advantage.”
Roush Yates Engines would like to thank our partners FORD Performance, Mahle Clevite, Cometic Gasket, Del West, Rottler Manufacturing, Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. and Safety Kleen. Roush Yates relies on these products each week in our engines as they play a vital role in our success.
In his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Ridgeway, Virginia race track, seventeen-year-old Gray Gaulding recorded a 17th-place finish. Gaulding, piloting a Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra for the first time, advanced to the final round of qualifying on Saturday morning and began the 250-lap race from the 12th starting position. Within the first few laps, Gaulding fell back to mid pack in the No. 7 Krispy Kreme Toyota Tundra, where he remained for most of the day while battling a very loose-handling machine. When the checkered flag fell, Gaulding led his Red Horse Racing teammates across the finish line in the 17th position.
Start - 12
Finish - 17
Driver Points Position - 28
Gray Gaulding Quote: "The Krispy Kreme Toyota Tundra started out really good, we just lost some ground on the high side on the initial start. As the race progressed we lacked rear grip and got loose in the middle of the turns. I had to play a lot of defense getting in, and couldn't drive it as hard as I would have liked. The truck would start out tight on new tires and then after 10-15 laps, would get really loose. A big thanks to all the Red Horse Racing guys for putting together a truck so fast for me. I had a lot of fun working with the team this week."
Making his first return-visit to a track on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit, Black made his second career-start at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The ScubaLife team made over 140 laps in practice to notice that their lap times were able to remain consistent, even on old tires, and knew their Chevrolet Silverado would be exceptionally strong on long runs.
After qualifying 25th for the 250-lap race, Black struggled to gain track position on the narrow short track where passing can be exceptionally difficult. However, a decision to stay on the track during the lap 143 caution period moved Black inside the top 15 and allowed him to return to the lead lap of competition. A second caution just 10 laps later both solidified Black's position in the top 15, and allowed him to visit pit road for tires and fuel without losing a lap.
Another caution flag waved on lap 187 as Black spun while exiting turn two. After driving in the corner deep, Black knew he was going to spin, but opted to spin himself rather than taking out any additional competitors. The decision proved to be the right choice, as Black was able to correct himself and continue on in the event without any contact. Continuing with a strong pit strategy throughout the rest of the afternoon, Black and the ScubaLife team were able to maintain the track position needed for a solid finish. By the time the checkered flag waved, Black was scored in the 13th position.
"Our ScubaLife team had a lot of fun at Martinsville Speedway this weekend," Black said. "We ran a lot of laps during practice, and knew that we would have a very strong truck during the long runs. We didn't qualify as well as we had hoped, but knew we could make up for it during the race. Jason [Miller, crew chief] made some great calls during the race that helped keep us in contention all afternoon. I've learned a lot over the last few weeks, and to know that we're currently inside the top 10 in both the owner and driver standings with our ScubaLife Chevrolet is awesome. Our goal this season is to finish inside the top 10 in the season-long point standings, and it looks like that goal is within our grasp. I can't wait to get back in the truck in just a few weeks in Kansas."
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Saturday afternoon was special for Joey Logano.
In a career already filled with trophies and fond memories, Logano (@joeylogano) scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and added a grandfather clock to his trophy case. The driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 won for the first time in seven starts in the series and in his first Martinsville race.
But it wasn't easy.
Logano started from the pole (also a career first) and led 106 of the first 110 laps. But his truck developed a loose handling condition forcing him to briefly slip back in the running order. He was running third when the third caution of the race came as a timely break for Logano, allowing him and crew chief Chad Kendrick to pit for four tires and needed adjustments.
Great pit work put Logano second for the restart when the race went green on lap 148. Logano and Matt Crafton took turns exchanging the lead until Logano grabbed the top spot on lap 206 and stayed there for the next 39 laps.
On lap 245 Crafton nudged Logano out of the bottom groove and took the lead but two turns later Cole Custer pushed both Logano and Crafton out of the way for first place. Crafton caught Custer on lap 248 and aggressively pushed his way past. The contact forced Custer to spin and brought out the ninth and final caution of the race - setting up a green-white-checkered finish on lap 257.
Logano lined up third for the final restart and quickly jumped inside leader Crafton and second place Erik Jones as they raced into Turn 1. He cleared his rivals at the exit of Turn 2 and quickly pulled away over the final two laps to collect the victory.
Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) rebounded from an early spin to score a fifth place finish in the Kroger 250 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Reddick is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, two points behind the leader and is also the only driver in the series with three top fives in the first three races this season.
Tyler qualified seventh and was running eighth when he spun on lap 34, bringing out the first caution of the race. Two laps later Reddick pitted for four tires and adjustments and restarted 20th when the green flag waved on lap 42.
From there he patiently began to work his way through traffic. He had worked his way into 11th place when the third caution set up a round of pit stops on lap 143. Reddick restarted eighth when the race went green on lap 147.
The ninth and final caution of the race was a big break for Reddick. The yellow set up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish and Reddick took full advantage. He picked up two positions on the chaotic restart to finish fifth.
Crew Chief Shane Huffman and Jones strategized throughout the race and bet on a late caution to regain track position. Jones had slipped outside the top-15, but was able to regain his lap via the Lucky Dog award on the lap 250 caution. Jones took advantage of late cautions, and the Green-White-Checkered finish to advance the No. 33 MasterForce Chevrolet to a 15th-place finish in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2015.
BRANDON JONES QUOTE:
“We had a really fast MasterForce Chevrolet today. Shane (Huffman) and the No. 33 team did a great job this weekend. This was one of our best trucks we’ve had here from the four races that I have run here. Overall, it was a good effort, we just needed to have a little smoother day, and stay on the lead lap to be able to show how strong of a MasterForce Chevrolet we had. We’ll be ready to run up front again at Kansas (Speedway).”
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The Las Vegas native ran as high as eighth before making his final pit stop under the lap 216 caution, and rejoined the field in 12th. While challenging for a top-10 position, Gallagher was spun by the No. 54 truck, but avoided sustaining damage. The Kroger 250 would finish on a Green-White-Checkered, as Gallagher avoided the mayhem which is often typical of Martinsville, and earned a track-best, 14th place finish at Martinsville. Gallagher’s second top-15 finish of 2015 vaulted him into the top 10 in NCWTS point standings.
SPENCER GALLAGHER QUOTE:
"Our Allegiant Travel Chevrolet really came to us the longer the runs went on. It wasn’t that we improved, but we didn’t have as much fall-off as the guys running around us. At the end of the day, we were still making up spots and gaining track position. I couldn’t be more proud of our GMS Racing team. We made huge improvements on this truck all weekend. This was another step in the right direction, the truck is in one piece, and I’m calling this weekend a success. We improved quite a bit from last year at Martinsville, and I’m excited to come back in October. I think we’ll be even better when we come back (to Martinsville).
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Gilliland had the BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network/Wynn's Ford F-150 securely in the top five in the early running of the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway when the front brake hoses fell off leading to a failure that ended the team's day on lap 132 of the scheduled 250.
After starting eighth, Gilliland moved up to fourth before the race's first caution on lap 33. During the caution, Gilliland had to pit twice, but managed to stay on the lead lap. During the second run, the brake issue worsened, leading a long stop during the next caution. Despite the team's best efforts, including a trip over the wall by crew chief Mike Hester to reattach the brake hoses, the issue deteriorated to the point that the team had to withdraw on lap 132.
Gilliland was scored 30th in the final running order.
"The RBR guys gave me a great truck today," said Gilliland. "It's just a shame the way it ended for us. I know we could have been up there at the end racing with those guys for the win. It was a lot of fun while it lasted."
"You've got to have brake hoses at Martinsville," said Hester. "It's kind of a freak thing them just falling off like that. I hate it for David, the guys who have worked so hard on these trucks and for (team owner) Ricky (Benton). We had something for them today."
The team plans to return to NCWTS action at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the North Carolina Education 200 on May 15.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returned to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Saturday's Kroger 250, the third race on the 2015 schedule. Making his fourth start at the half-mile "paperclip," Tyler Young, driver of the No. 02 Randco Industries/Young's Building Systems Chevrolet Silverado, posted the seventh-fastest time on the speed charts in Friday's lone NCWTS practice. The Young's Motorsports driver followed up his performance from practice with a 10th-place starting position for Saturday's 250-lap event, tying his career-best start of 10th at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (2014).
Starting 10th, Young made an early move at the drop of the green flag that shot him into the sixth position on lap two, but a tight-handling Chevrolet Silverado, and lap traffic, forced Young to the high-side and the Midland, Texas native got shuffled back to the 12th position by lap 25.
Young ran solidly inside the top-15 for the next 75 laps until fading back to the 23rd position, one lap down to the race leaders, following a long green-flag run near the race's half-way mark. With only two cautions slowing the field down in the first-half of the race, the final 103 laps saw seven caution flags for 39 laps.
Stuck in the top line on the ensuing restarts, Young continued to race for the "Lucky Dog" position, but could not make ground on the leader, due to tire wear. Mired inside the top-20 in the closing laps, Young received relief when the 35 truck spun in Turn 4, bringing out the eighth caution flag of the afternoon at lap 216. Crew chief Bryan Berry brought the No. 02 Silverado to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments in an effort to finish the last 30 laps out strong.
The Midland, Texas native, in his second full-time season in the NCWTS, was able to rocket into the 17th position, with five laps remaining, when Cole Custer slowed down his momentum, bringing out the ninth and final caution flag of the afternoon, setting the field up for a green-white-checker finish. Unfortunately, Young got hung out on the high side on the final restart and was forced to cross the line in the 20th position behind race winner, Joey Logano. The strong performance was Young's second top-20 finish in four starts at the half-mile track.
"Overall I had a good weekend, really. Our finish wasn't what we wanted or expected but the guys worked really hard and got the truck going in the right direction. We just needed a little help after 20-25 laps. It just seemed like we couldn't keep tires on it. So we will go back and work on it for the next race at Kansas Speedway. We've definitely come a long way from last year. I can't thank all the guys at the shop and everybody on the team enough. They've all done a good job. I'm really excited for the rest of the year. I'm looking forward to Kansas. We ran really well there last year, so I can't wait to get back."
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