Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weekend Schedule March 30 - April 1

Credit: ESPN

This weekend, the Nationwide Series is off and the Camping World Truck Series returns after a one-month hiatus to join the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.   

  • Friday, March 30
    • 11:00 a.m. ET - Camping World Truck Series Practice (Not Televised)
    • 12:30 p.m. ET - Sprint Cup Series Practice (on SPEED)
    • 2:00 p.m. ET - Camping World Truck Series Practice (on SPEED)
    • 3:30 p.m. ET - Sprint Cup Series Practice (on SPEED)
  • Saturday, March 31
    • 10:00 a.m. ET - Camping World Truck Series Qualifying (on SPEED)
    • 11:30 a.m. ET - Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (on SPEED)
    • 1:00 p.m. ET - Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 (131.5 miles/250 laps) (on SPEED)
  • Sunday, April 1
    • 12:30 p.m. ET - Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 (263 miles/500 laps) (on FOX)

Lug Nuts of Information

Camping World Truck Series
  • This week is a big week for Red Horse Racing who had trucks finishing in the first, second, and sixth-place in the Series' first race at Daytona. 
    • Daytona race winner and current points leader, John King, will race in his second Martinsville race this Saturday.  His first race was behind the wheel of an SS Green Light Racing car.  
  • There will be four new faces in this weekend's race.
    • Jeb Burton, the nineteen-year-old son of Ward Burton from Halifax, Virginia, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville.
    • Brennan Newberry, a native from California, has competed in nine K&N Pro Series West races during his career; his best finish of fifth coming at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring last year.
    • Natalie Sather, from North Carolina, is a graduate from the Drive for Diversity program.  She finished second in the NASCAR Whelen late model points at South Boston Speedway. 
    • Caleb Holman, from Abingdon, Virginia, has competed in five Nationwide Series races from 2003 and 2007 and will now make his debut in the Camping World Truck Series.
  • Timothy Peters, the Daytona runner-up, has a good chance of winning this weekend.
    • Martinsville is his home track and, coincidentally, his first Camping World Truck Series win came at this track in 2009. 
  • David Reutimann, besides Kevin Harvick, is the only other Sprint Cup Series points-eligible driver in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series Race.

Sprint Cup Series
  • Martinsville is one of Denny Hamlin's home tracks.  Since winning at Phoenix and sitting on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, Hamlin will be one to watch this weekend.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is another one to keep an eye out for this weekend.  Martinsville is his best track, having a Driver Rating of 99.0, one of the highest at this track.  Last spring, he finished in the runner-up position, but before that, he had three consecutive top-ten finishes at Martinsville. 
  • Finally, Kevin Harvick is always a factor when he comes to Martinsville.  He has three consecutive top-five finishes and has not finished worse than twelfth in eight of the last nine races.

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