Home Sweet Home
Timothy Peters – currently second in the series standings – heads backs to his roots this weekend.
The Providence, NC native grew up approximately 30 miles from Martinsville Speedway. In 2009, the Red Horse Racing driver captured his first ever series victory – at his home track.
But Peters is not the only one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage to call the famed short track home.
Jeff Hensley – who wears many hats at Joe Denette Motorsports – hails from nearby Ridgeway, VA.
In addition to serving as the team’s general manager, Hensley calls the shots atop the pit box for Ron Hornaday Jr.
Hensley captured back-to-back wins with Mike Skinner at Martinsville Speedway in 2007.
Sauter Poised To Defend Martinsville Victory; Crafton Holds Qualifying Record
Johnny Sauter is among the favorites to take home the famed grandfather clock trophy at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.
Sauter led 75 laps en route to victory in the Kroger 250 last spring and returned in the fall to finish fourth in the penultimate truck race of the season.
However, Sauter has not always been the king of the "paperclip" layout. In six previous races, his best finish had been 15th with four finishes outside the top 20.
His ThorSport Racing teammate holds an impressive qualifying record at the Speedway. Matt Crafton broke the track’s qualifying record with a pole-winning lap of 19.653 seconds (96.352 mph) last fall.
Burton Carries Good Luck Charm to Martinsville Debut
Jeb Burton, the 19-year-old son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in Martinsville’s Kroger 250 for Hillman Racing.
Burton carries a one dollar bill in the pocket of his driver’s uniform as a good luck charm. It was the change he received back after purchasing a hot dog before a race that he went onto win.
Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet in the Kroger 250 for Richard Childress Racing. It will mark the first time since 2001 that he has competed in someone else’s equipment other than his own.
Two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine will be back behind the wheel of the No. 11 Red Horse Racing entry at Martinsville. Despite 21 victories in the series, Bodine is still searching for his first short track victory.