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DATE: Saturday, March 29
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 20th
TELEVISION: FOX Sports 1
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 29/11:10 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Matt Crafton
POLE WINNER: Jeb Burton (finished 3)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 131.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeb Burton, 2013 (96.666 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Johnny Sauter46Chase Elliott8
2Matt Crafton77Dakoda Armstrong28
3Jeb Burton18Ryan Sieg29
4Timothy Peters39Erik Jones19
5Darrell Wallace Jr 210Ron Hornaday Jr9
2013 Kroger 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 62.595 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 6 mins., 3 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.888 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 71 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jeb Burton (96.666 mph)
Past Kroger 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Johnny Sauter (4) -- Toyota -- 62.595 mph
2012 -- Kevin Harvick (1) -- Chevrolet -- 70.752 mph
2011 -- Johnny Sauter (1) -- Chevrolet -- 64.761 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (1) -- Chevrolet -- 62.793 mph
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (6) -- Chevrolet -- 60.865 mph
2008 -- Dennis Setzer (10) -- Dodge -- 61.311 mph
2007 -- Mike Skinner (1) -- Toyota -- 61.753 mph
2006 -- David Starr (15) -- Toyota -- 59.219 mph
2005 -- Bobby Labonte (5) -- Chevrolet -- 66.639 mph
2004 -- Rick Crawford (3) -- Ford -- 61.490 mph
2003 -- Dennis Setzer (5) -- Chevrolet -- 66.921 mph
2002 -- Dennis Setzer (33) -- Chevrolet -- 64.628 mph
2001 -- Scott Riggs (2) -- Dodge -- 70.836 mph
2000 -- Bobby Hamilton (2) -- Dodge -- 71.836 mph
1999 -- Jimmy Hensley (9) -- Chevrolet -- 74.282 mph
1998 -- Jay Sauter (10) -- Chevrolet -- 72.154 mph
1997 -- Rich Bickle (1) -- Chevrolet -- 72.297 mph.
1996 -- Mike Skinner (16) -- Chevrolet -- 64.434 mph
1995 -- Joe Ruttman (2) -- Ford -- 65.072 mph
 
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)
2013 -- Jeb Burton -- 3
2012 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1
2011 -- Johnny Sauter -- 1
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Rick Crawford -- 5
2008 -- Jack Sprague -- 24
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 1
2006 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 10
2005 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 20
2004 -- Jack Sprague -- 3
2003 -- Ted Musgrave -- 2
2002 -- Ted Musgrave -- 24
2001 -- Joe Ruttman -- 4
2000 -- Mike Wallace -- 2
1999 -- Mike Bliss -- 6
1998 -- Greg Biffle -- 8
1997 -- Rich Bickle -- 1
1996 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 31
1995 -- Not Held
Last Race Results
RACE: NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Feb. 21)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
MILES: 250
LAPS: 100
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Timothy Peters
THIRD: Johnny Sauter
FOURTH: Ryan Truex
FIFTH: Ron Hornaday Jr.
POLE WINNER: Ben Kennedy (finished 15)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 45 mins., 10 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 142.631 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.016 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kennedy 1-52, K. Busch 53-57, Peters 58-59, K. Busch 60-62,
Peters 63-76, Kvapil 77-79, K. Busch 80-95, Peters 96-99, K.
Busch 100.
Kroger 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Cole Custer (Ladera Ranch, CA)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
02Tyler Young (Midland, TX)Chevrolet/RandCo
5John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's Real Chicken
07Korbin Forrister (Cedartown, GA)Chevrolet/Scuba Life/NASE Worldwide
7Brian Ickler (San Diego, CA)Toyota/Bullet Liner
08Ted Minor (Weatherford, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
8John Hunter Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/pelletgrillusa.com/SVM
9Chase Pistone (Cornelius, NC)Chevrolet/NTS Motorsports
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/Sassy's Towing
13Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Vamp/Vapor Brands Int'l
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Valvoline
19Tyler Reddick (Corning, CA)Ford/Broken Bow Records
20Gray Gaulding (Colonial Heights, VA)Chevrolet/Gemini Southern
21Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
22Spencer Gallagher (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Allegiant Travel
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Cooper Standard
30Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem
31Ben Kennedy (Daytona Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Turner Scott Motorsports
32Ben Rhodes (Louisville, KY)Chevrolet/Alpha Energy Solutions
33Brandon Jones (Atlanta, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
35Mason Mingus (Brentwood, TN)Toyota/811 Call Before You
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
50Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/UtilityFleetSales.com
51Erik Jones (Byron, MI)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
54Darrell Wallace Jr. (Mobile, AL)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
56Raymond Terczak Jr. (Stafford, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
63Justin Jennings (LaGrange, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
66Josh Williams (Port Charlotte, FL)Ford/Southwest Florida Cable Con.
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)RAM/ClutchDefense.com
74Alex Guenette (Montreal, Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
75Caleb Holman (Abingdon, VA)Chevrolet/Food Country USA
77German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/NET 10 Wireless
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's/Fisher Nuts
92Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Ford/BTS Tire and Wheel
93Jason White (Richmond, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98 *Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Smokey Mountain Snuff
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Chevrolet/Bell Trucks America Inc.
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Johnny Sauter---26------2715Won29Won
Matt Crafton1531729711242
Jeb Burton---------------------133
Timothy Peters1835919224554
Darrell Wallace Jr.------------------------5
Erik Jones------------------------9
Ron Hornaday Jr.314682231610
Ryan Blaney------------------------16
German Quiroga------------------------29
 
Mover of the Week
Jimmy Weller - started 30 position and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeb Burton
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway is the second race on the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule.

There have been 30 truck races held at Martinsville. The track hosted one race each season from 1995-2002 and then two events per season since 2003. Joe Ruttman won the inaugural race there, the Goody's 150, in '95.

Dennis Setzer, Mike Skinner and Harvick share the record for most truck wins at Martinsville with three each.

Six truck races at Martinsville have been won from the pole, which is more than any other starting position there. Harvick most recently did it in 2012.

The closest margin of victory in a truck race at Martinsville occurred in April 2005 when Bobby Labonte beat Ricky Craven to the finish line by just 0.257 seconds.

Seven drivers entered in this weekend's race made their first career truck starts at Martinsville: Timothy Peters (April 2005), Chase Pistone (October 2005), Ryan Sieg (March 2009), Clay Greenfield (March 2010), Jeb Burton (March 2012), Erik Jones (April 2013) and John Hunter Nemechek (October 2013).

Peters and Darrell Wallace Jr. are those drivers on the entry list that scored their first career truck wins at Martinsville. Peters' victory there came in October 2009. Wallace won the most recent truck event at this track last October.

The next race is on May 9 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Crafton won last year's race there.

03/26 11:51:33 ET

As of March 26, 2014, at 11:52 AM ET

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