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DATE: Saturday, October 29th
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 61,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 9th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ron Hornaday Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 105.2
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jack Sprague, 2007 (96.327 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $437,674 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $33,050; 2nd Place - $31,090; 3rd Place - $21,835
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ron Hornaday Jr36Mike Skinner10
2Kyle Busch17David Starr13
3Todd Bodine248Stacy Compton20
4Jason White79Ricky Carmichael6
5Aric Almirola1510Matt Crafton2
2010 Kroger 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 63.356 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 37 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.305 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 59 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (96.205 m.p.h.)
Past Kroger 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 63.356 m.p.h.
2009 -- Timothy Peters (11th) -- Toyota -- 69.312 m.p.h.
2008 -- Johnny Benson (5th) -- Toyota -- 68.213 m.p.h.
2007 -- Mike Skinner (4th) -- Toyota -- 59.566 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jack Sprague (1st) -- Toyota -- 60.172 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ricky Craven (9th) -- Ford -- 64.332 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jamie McMurray (18th) -- Dodge -- 60.819 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jon Wood (2nd) -- Ford -- 91.549 m.p.h. (race record)
 
NOTE: Formerly called Advance Auto Parts 200 (2003).
 
Past Kroger 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 2nd
2009 -- Mike Skinner -- 23rd
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 29th
2007 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
2006 -- Jack Sprague -- 1st
2005 -- Rick Crawford -- 16th
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Carl Edwards -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Coca-Cola 250 (October 22nd)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 250.04
LAPS: 94
WINNER: Mike Wallace
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
THIRD: James Buescher
FOURTH: Ricky Carmichael
FIFTH: Jason White
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 41 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 127.481 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.057 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Buescher 1; M. Wallace 2; R. Hornaday Jr. 3; J. Buescher 4-8;
P. Kligerman 9-11; T. Bodine 12; J. Buescher 13; M. Crafton 14;
J. Buescher 15-17; R. Carmichael 18; M. Wallace 19-36; D. Starr
37; A. Dillon 38-41; M. Wallace 42-49; J. Buescher 50-54; M.
Wallace 55-61; J. Buescher 62-64; A. Dillon 65-66; M. Wallace
67-74; A. Dillon 75-76; M. Wallace 77-80; A. Dillon 81; M.
Wallace 82-83; A. Dillon 84-88; M. Wallace 89-94.
Kroger 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Brad Queen (Kernersville, NC)Chevrolet/Green Ford
2Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kroger/Tide
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/NTB/Service Central
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/collegecomplete.com
07Butch Miller (Coopersville, MI)Chevrolet/TBA
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Kevin Harvick Inc.
09Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Sudden Link Media
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Traxxas
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
21Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR Graphics Center
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/gunbroker.com
24Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/Virginia Lottery
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Leasing
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Wolfpack Rentals
32Blake Feese (Saybrook, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
33 *Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Steak-Umm/Chastity Baker
36Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL)Dodge/England's Stove Works
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
51Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Toyota/Joy Mining Machinery
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel and Casino
65Tyler Tanner (Auburn, WA)Ford/EF-65
66Max Gresham (Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/World Crown 300
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/Anave Weight Loss
70Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry/NCCER/ASI Limited
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Tri City Tire/Fleet HQ
93Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/S&W Services
96Todd Peck (Glenville, PA)Chevrolet/arthritis.org
97Matt Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/strutmasters.com
99Charles Vest (Ocoee, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last eight years)
Driver20032004200520062007200820092010
Ron Hornaday Jr------9th13th3rd29th4thWon
Todd Bodine---7th10th14th20th5th2nd3rd
Jason White---------------17th13th4th
David Starr9th29th21st2nd4th33rd8th7th
Ricky Carmichael---------------------9th
Matt Crafton28th6th12th34th18th8th9th10th
James Buescher------------------11th12th
Kevin Harvick---------------15th5th15th
Austin Dillon---------------------16th
Johnny Sauter---------------23rd16th21st
Timothy Peters------8th------10thWon34th
Denny Hamlin---------8th19th---6th---
Elliott Sadler30th---------------------
Parker Kligerman------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Brendan Gaughan - Started in the 29th position and finished 8th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ron Hornaday Jr
Darkhorse - Nelson Piquet Jr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Todd Bodine) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Three races and three points, that's what separates Austin Dillon and James Buescher on the Camping World points list.

Not to be overlooked are the duo of Johnny Sauter (14 points behind) and defending race champion Ron Hornaday Jr, who stands 16 points back.

Last year, Hornaday Jr won at Martinsville for the first time, as he passed Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch to take the lead just after a restart with five laps to go in the scheduled 200-lap race. However, an incident involving newcomer Cody Cambensy set up a green-white-checkered finish. Hornaday pulled away from Busch and Todd Bodine after the final restart, and then held off both drivers for his first truck win in 17 career starts at the famed track. The four-time series champion also earned the famed "grandfather clock" trophy for the win here.

Hornaday has been on a tear heading down the stretch, climbing to fourth on the points list. In his last six starts, Hornaday owns three wins, a second, fourth and a 10th place finish. With his second place finish last week, Hornaday jumped 26 points.

In 2009 at Martinsville, Hornaday Jr led the opening 54 laps, and then Denny Hamlin ran in front for the following 62 circuits. But it was Timothy Peters who led the final 84 laps; en route to his first career Truck Series win. Peters, who started 11th, took the lead on lap 117 and held on to clip Todd Bodine by 1.815 seconds. The 29-year-old driver conserved enough fuel to pick up his first victory in his 64th Truck Series start. Peters joined Bobby Hamilton (2000), Scott Riggs (2001), Jamie McMurray (2004), Bobby Labonte (spring 2005) and Ricky Craven (fall 2005) as those drivers who scored their first truck win at Martinsville.

Hornaday Jr dominated the race in 2008, but it was Johnny Benson who took the checkered flag. Hornaday, the pole sitter, led the opening 154 laps, but ran out of fuel with four laps to go and failed to finish the race. Benson, however, seized the opportunity and led the remainder of the race for his 14th career truck win. Hornaday wound up finishing 29th.

In 2007, Mike Skinner led the final 66 laps, as he edged pole-sitter Jack Sprague by 0.749 seconds for his 24th career victory. Terry Cook, who led a race-high 108 laps, faded in the late-going and placed 29th.

Pole sitter Jack Sprague edged David Starr by less than one second in 2006 for his 27th career win and his first at Martinsville. Sprague led for the first 33 laps and final 62, as he won by 0.416 seconds. Ted Musgrave, who led from lap 34 through 138, placed 15th. Sprague remains the only pole sitter to win this race.

Ricky Craven crossed the finish line first at Martinsville in October 2005, as he beat Todd Kluever by eight truck lengths for his first win in the series. Craven became the 15th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's three national touring series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World).

Martinsville Speedway's first series race in 1995 was run at a 150-lap distance and held on a Monday after the Saturday-scheduled event was postponed due to inclement weather. The race became a 250-lapper the following year and was shifted to the spring in 1999. A second Martinsville date was added to the schedule in 2003. Martinsville is one of four tracks to host a race in each of the series' 17 seasons.

The Camping World Truck Series will run their second-to-last race of the season on November 4th at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's WinStar World Casino 350k.

10/25 17:40:42 ET

As of October 25, 2011, at 05:40 PM ET

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