NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Kroger 250 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, April 2nd
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 17th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 131.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jack Sprague, 2008 (96.327 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $485,807 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $36,300; 2nd Place - $25,490; 3rd Place - $21,785
2010 Finish
1Kevin Harvick16Aric Almirola2
2Ron Hornaday Jr317Matt Crafton3
3Brian Ickler328Max Papis26
4Timothy Peters59Mario Gosselin23
5Johnny Benson910Ricky Carmichael12
2010 Kroger 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 62.793 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 39 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.552 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 66 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (2010 owner points)
Past Kroger 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 62.793 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 60.865 m.p.h.
2008 -- Dennis Setzer (10th) -- Dodge -- 61.311 m.p.h.
2007 -- Mike Skinner (1st) -- Toyota -- 61.753 m.p.h.
2006 -- David Starr (15th) -- Toyota -- 59.219 m.p.h.
2005 -- Bobby Labonte (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 66.639 m.p.h.
2004 -- Rick Crawford (3rd) -- Ford -- 61.490 m.p.h.
2003 -- Dennis Setzer (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 66.921 m.p.h.
2002 -- Dennis Setzer (33rd) -- Chevrolet -- 64.628 m.p.h.
2001 -- Scott Riggs (2nd) -- Dodge -- 70.836 m.p.h.
2000 -- Bobby Hamilton (2nd) -- Dodge -- 71.836 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jimmy Hensley (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.282 m.p.h. (race record)
1998 -- Jay Sauter (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.154 m.p.h.
1997 -- Rich Bickle (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 72.297 m.p.h.
1996 -- Mike Skinner (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 64.434 m.p.h.
1995 -- Joe Ruttman (2nd) -- Ford -- 65.072 m.p.h.
NOTE: Race formerly called Goody's 150 (1995), Hanes 250 (1996-1997), NAPA 250
(1998-2000), Advanced Auto Parts (2001-03).
Past Kroger 250 Pole Winners (finish)
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Rick Crawford -- 5th
2008 -- Jack Sprague -- 24th
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 1st
2006 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 10th
2005 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 20th
2004 -- Jack Sprague -- 3rd
2003 -- Ted Musgrave -- 2nd
2002 -- Ted Musgrave -- 24th
2001 -- Joe Ruttman -- 4th
2000 -- Mike Wallace -- 2nd
1999 -- Mike Bliss -- 6th
1998 -- Greg Biffle -- 8th
1997 -- Rich Bickle -- 1st
1996 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 31st
1995 -- Not Held
Last Race Results
RACE: Too Tough To Tame 200 (March 6th)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, South Carolina
MILES: 200.802
LAPS: 147
WINNER: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr.
THIRD: Todd Bodine
FOURTH: Matt Crafton
FIFTH: James Buescher
POLE WINNER: Cole Whitt (Finished 8th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 59 minutes, 44 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 100.625 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.116 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Whitt 1-27; E. Sadler 28-40; K. Kahne 41-59; C. Whitt 60-62;
K. Kahne 63; J. Buescher 64-69; K. Kahne 70-92; E. Sadler 93-95;
K. Kahne 96-147.
Kroger 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor
2 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Tide/Kroger
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
07Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/TBA
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm/Autotrac
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Chase Mattioli (Long Pond, PA)Ford/
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
15Dusty Davis (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Vision Airlines/Emerald Coast
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR/Rip-It
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
25Tayler Malsam (Seattle, WA)Toyota/Iron Horse Jeans
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Leasing
30Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Wolfepack Rentals
32Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Cooked Perfect Meatballs
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W
46Craig Goess (Woodbury, NJ)Toyota/Greenville Toyota
51Justin Johnson (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Vision Airlines
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Red Bull/Van-Go Rentals
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel & Casino
66Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Chevrolet/Go-Pro
77Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/Lofton Cattle
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fleet HQ/BTS Tire & Wheel
93Shane Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W
97Matt Lofton (Mooresville, NC)Toyota/
* - Defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Kevin Harvick29th3rd---12th---4th---WonWon
Ron Hornaday Jr---------3rd14th6th8th2nd2nd
Timothy Peters---------18th35th9th19th22nd4th
Matt Crafton20th13th7th15th3rd17th2nd9th7th
Ricky Carmichael---------------------29th10th
Johnny Sauter------------26th------27th15th
Austin Dillon------------------------16th
David Starr8th12th9th22ndWon11th6th24th18th
Todd Bodine---------4th12th2nd12th18th30th
Kyle Busch------------------26th17th---
Mover of the Week
Shane Sieg - Started in the 31st position and finished 12th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Cole Whitt
Last Week's Pick to Win (Todd Bodine) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kasey Kahne) - Finished 1st
After three off weeks, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Martinsville Speedway for the 25th anniversary of racing at the raucous short track. In 24 previous events, 19 different drivers have tasted victory.

Last season, Kevin Harvick put on a dominating performance as he raced to victory over Ron Hornaday Jr to capture the 2010 running of the Kroger 250.

Harvick led 187 of 250 laps and easily held off Hornaday after the final restart with 19 laps remaining to win his fourth consecutive truck race he had entered. He won in his first start of the season in 2010 at Atlanta and ended the 2009 campaign with victories at Phoenix and Homestead. Harvick started first on the grid and became the third pole sitter to win the spring race.

In 2009, Harvick tapped Kyle Busch out of the way for the lead late in the race and then held off teammate Ron Hornaday Jr in a green-white-checkered finish to win the rain-delayed Kroger 250 in 2009. Harvick started sixth on the grid and took the lead for the only time with 11 laps remaining for his fourth career title. Busch, who dominated the race, leading for 139 laps, fell to 17th, while pole sitter Rick Crawford placed fifth after leading the first 78 laps.

Dennis Setzer won this race for the third time and recorded his 18th and last career Truck Series title, as he dominated the 2008 Kroger 250. Starting from the 10th position on the grid, Setzer took the lead on lap 128 and held on the rest of the way to defeat Matt Crafton under the caution. Pole sitter Jack Sprague led twice for 28 laps, but finished a distant 24th.

Mike Skinner became only the second driver to win multiple races on the Truck circuit at Martinsville, as he raced to a 0.527 of a second victory over Todd Bodine in 2007. Skinner, who started on the pole, joined Dennis Setzer as two- time champions. Skinner led for a whopping 246 of the 253 laps, including the final 172, as he recorded the 22nd of his 28 career Truck Series titles. Skinner is tied with Jack Sprague for second place on the all-time list. Ron Hornaday Jr is the all-time leader with 47.

In 2006, David Starr dominated this race, as he claimed the lead on lap 130 and held on the rest of the way to defeat Ted Musgrave by less than a second in the 250-lap event. Pole sitter Bobby Hamilton Jr, who led for the first 18 laps, finished 10th. Starr led for a race-high 121 laps, as he secured his fourth and last career Truck Series title.

When Bobby Labonte won in 2005, he crossed the finish line just .257 of a second ahead of Ricky Craven for his first-ever Truck Series title. The victory was the closest margin of victory in race history. With the win, Labonte became the 12th driver to win in all three of NASCAR's national series'.

In 16 previous races, this event has been won from the front row six times, however only three times from the pole, when Rich Bickle accomplished the feat in 1997, 2007 by Skinner and last year by Harvick. In the 24 races held at this track, a top-10 spot has captured the checkered flag 19 times.

Martinsville is one of four tracks to host a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in all 17 seasons beginning in 1995. Kroger has been the top sponsor of the spring and fall races since 2004.

Truck Series team SS Green Light Racing will make its 250th consecutive start his weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The team currently ranks third in most consecutive starts behind ThorSport Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the April 22nd Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

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