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DATE: Saturday, October 27th
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 55,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 10th
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: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
POLE WINNER: Matt Crafton (Finished 12th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 105.2
QUALIFYING RECORD: Matt Crafton, 2011 (96.352 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $433,360 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $31,350; 2nd Place - $22,300; 3rd Place - $16,850
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin36Kevin Harvick6
2Ron Hornaday Jr27Cale Gale13
3Austin Dillon108Timothy Peters9
4Johnny Sauter49Brendan Gaughan28
5Joey Coulter1210James Buescher5
2011 Kroger 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 65.876 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 35 minutes, 49 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.210 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 50 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Matt Crafton (96.352 m.p.h.)
Past Kroger 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Denny Hamlin -- Toyota -- Toyota -- 65.876
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 -- 72.069 m.p.h. (race record)
 
NOTE: Formerly called Advance Auto Parts 200 (2003).
 
Past Kroger 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Matt Crafton -- 12th
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: Fred's 250 (October 22nd)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 250.04
LAPS: 94
WINNER: Parker Kligerman
RUNNER-UP: Johnny Sauter
THIRD: James Buescher
FOURTH: Ty Dillon
FIFTH: Timothy Peters
POLE WINNER: Ty Dillon (Finished 4th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 26 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 128.850 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 13 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. Dillon 1-8; J. White 9-10; A. Almirola 11-15; D. Neuenberger
16; T. Dillon 17-18; A. Almirola 19-21; J. Buescher 22-32; J.
Chapman 33-34; T. Dillon 35-46; D. Neuenberger 47; M. Crafton 48;
T. Dillon 49-51; T. Peters 52-53; K. Busch 54-55; R. Blaney
56-58; J. Sauter 59-61; J. Lofton 62-81; J. White 82-90; J.
Buescher 91-92; P. Kligerman 93-94.
Kroger 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/driven2honor.org
02Tyler Young (Midland, TX)Chevrolet/Randco
2Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Tide
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/Mark 4 Suzuki
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/JDI Farms
8Max Gresham (Stockbridge, GA)Toyota/Made in USA Brand
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/TBA
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/AM FM Energy/Armour
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/driven2honor.org
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Seal Master/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/NTS Motorsports
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/Grime Boss
27Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/TBA
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)RAM/Draw Tite
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm/Bell Helmets
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Great Clips
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem Chase the Cure
35Matt Merrell (Portland, TX)Chevrolet/Win-Tron Racing
36Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL)RAM/TBA
38Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
51 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/TBA
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
60To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/St. Lawrence Radiology
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)RAM/Star Road Guard
75Caleb Holman (Abingdon, VA)Chevrolet/Food Country USA
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
92Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/BTS Tire & Wheel
93Tim George Jr (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's
96Todd Peck (Glenville, PA)Chevrolet/Stopain-Arthritis Found.
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Denny Hamlin---------8th19th---6th---Won
Ron Hornaday Jr------9th13th3rd29th4thWon2nd
Johnny Sauter---------------23rd16th21st4th
Joey Coulter------------------------5th
Kevin Harvick---------------15th5th15th6th
Timothy Peters------8th------10thWon34th8th
James Buescher------------------11th12th10th
Todd Bodine---7th10th14th20th5th2nd3rd11th
Matt Crafton28th6th12th34th18th8th9th10th12th
Nelson Piquet Jr------------------------13th
Justin Lofton---------------------13th17th
Parker Kligerman------------------------21st
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Ryan Blaney---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Johnny Sauter - Started in the 29th position and finished 2nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ron Hornaday Jr
Darkhorse - Joey Coulter
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ty Dillon) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Justin Lofton) - Finished 24th
 
NOTES:
After a three-week rest, the Camping World Series resumes in Martinsville, for the Kroger 200, as Ty Dillon clings to the slimmest of leads on the points list.

Dillon, who placed fourth at Talladega, owns a one-point advantage over James Buescher, a third-place finisher in Alabama, with just four races remaining on the schedule.

Last season, Virginia-native Denny Hamlin became a first-time race winner in the Camping World Truck Series by taking the Kroger 200.

Hamlin, a Sprint Cup Series regular, dove underneath Austin Dillon and Ron Hornaday Jr during a three-wide pass for the lead just after a restart with 14 laps remaining. His first win came in his 12th truck start. With his win, Hamlin became the 23rd different driver to win a race in each of NASCAR's three national touring series. He has four Sprint Cup victories at this 0.526- mile track.

Back in 2010, Hornaday Jr won at Martinsville for the first time, as he passed 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 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.

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 then 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' 18 seasons.

The Camping World Truck Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the November 2 WinStar World Casino 350k. Kevin Harvick won last year's race there.

10/23 17:58:19 ET

As of October 23, 2012, at 05:58 PM ET

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