NASCAR: Truck Racing at Martinsville

After being off the track for five week the Camping World Truck Series returns to racing at tiny Martinsville. Shaped like a paperclip, the ½ mile track is the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit.

Racing on a Saturday afternoon, the drivers will race 250 laps around the track for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

In only his seventh NASCAR Camping World Trucks start 19 year old Ben Rhodes sits on the pole. Starting along side Rhodes is Kyle Busch who has never won at Martinsville in 30 tries – the only track where Kyle Busch has not won a race.

The prize for winning at Martinsville is a very unique one – a grandfather clock!

The starting line up for the Alpa Energy Solutions 250:
Ben Rhodes
Kyle Busch
Johnny Sauter
Cameron Hayley
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
William Byron
John Hunter Nemechek
Tyler Reddick
Matt Crafton
Spencer Gallagher
Cole Custer
Tyler Young
Christopher Bell
Ben Kennedy
Timothy Peters
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Truex
Kaz Grala
Rico Abreu
John Wes Townley
Justin Haley
Brandon Brown – moved to the back of the field for missing the drivers meeting
Austin Wayne Self
Parker Kligerman
Mike Bliss
Spencer Boyd
Shane Lee
Timmy Hill
Paige Decker
Bryce Napier

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start but before the lap is complete, veteran driver Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

On lap three, Ben Rhodes bumps Kyle Busch and takes over the lead of the race.

On lap 10 Rhodes continues to lead the race and is approaching the back of the field.

NASCAR has a caution clock in the Camping World Truck Series. If there is not caution flag after 20 minutes, NASCAR will wave the caution flag. If a caution comes out during the 20 minute time period, then the 20 minute clock is reset.

After 25 laps, Rhodes continues to lead the race and has begun to lap the slower trucks. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 40 Rhodes continues to lead the field; there are only 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Second place driver Johnny Sauter brings out the first caution flag of the race after hitting the wall after blowing a tire as a result of his brakes overheating. Spencer Boyd is the “lucky dog”.

While on pit road for service, leader Ben Rhodes has some tire issues and will restart the race in ninth place.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 50.

On lap 56 Johnny Sauter becomes the first truck out of the race.

On lap 61 Kyle Larson takes over the lead from Kyle Busch; there are 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 78 Kyle Larson is still leading the race; there are 24 trucks on the lead lap.

On lap 92 Kaz Grala hits the wall after blowing a tire and brings out the second caution flag of the race. Mike Bliss is the “lucky dog”.

After pitting outside of his pit box, Daniel Hemric is penalized one lap. Ric Abreu is penalized for going through too many pit boxes on leaving pit road.

After staying out and not coming to pit road, Kyle Busch brings the field down for a green flag restart on lap 102.

On lap 105 Kyle Larson retakes the lead from Kyle Busch.

On lap 112 Kaz Grala becomes the second truck out of the race.

On lap 122 Kyle Larson continues to lead the race; there are 21 trucks on the lead lap.

On lap 123 Mike Bliss takes his truck to the garage.

At the halfway point Kyle Larson is in the lead and there are 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Daniel Hemric has an issue on lap 132 and brings his truck down pit road.

Spencer Gallagher brings out the third caution flag of the day on lap 134 after making contact with Ryan Truex and spinning out. Justin Haley is the “lucky dog”.

Christopher Bell is penalized for driving through too many pit boxes leaving pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 141.

Cameron Hayley takes over the lead of the race on lap 152.

With 88 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

With 87 laps remaining in the race Parker Kligerman brings out the fourth caution flag of the race after mixing it up with Ben Kennedy.

John Wes Townley is penalized for his pit crew coming over the wall too soon.

Kyle Busch leads the field down for the green flag restart on lap 170.

On lap 172 Spencer Gallagher and Spencer Boyd tangle up and bring out the fifth caution flag of the day.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 178.

Paige Decker brings out the sixth caution flag of the race after spinning out. Shane Lee is the “lucky dog”.

With 60 laps to go in the race, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart. There are 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Spencer Gallagher runs into the back of Austin Wayne Self and spins him and Tyler Reddick to bring out the seventh caution flag of the race.

On lap 204 Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart.

Lap 220 Ben Kennedy brings out the eighth caution flag of the day after being spun out by Christopher Bell. Ryan Truex is the “lucky dog”.

Lap 225 Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart.

On lap 230 Claire Decker spins out and brings out the ninth caution flag of the race. Spencer Boyd is the “lucky dog”.

At this point the caution clock is shut off. Once the race reaches 20 laps to go, the clock is turned off.

On lap 234 Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart.

Christopher Bell brings out the tenth caution flag after making contact with Cole Custer, spinning out and hitting the wall. The track has been red flagged in order to clean up the track

After an eight and a half minute red flag, the trucks are running again under yellow.

Christopher Bell is penalized for having too many men over the pit wall – NASCAR allows six crew members over the wall to service the trucks or cars.

When the green flag waves, there will be less than 10 laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only six laps to go.

On lap 245 Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley, and Ben Rhodes all get into a wreck and bring out the eleventh caution flag of the race.

With four laps to go, the race is again red flagged so that NASCAR can clean up the track.

When the trucks get moving again, they will run into “overtime” and have to run extra laps to complete the race.

The trucks are again running under yellow with three laps remaining in the race under regularly scheduled race laps.

Kyle Busch brings the fiend down for the first attempt at an overtime finish.

Kyle Busch takes the lead of the race and it’s a clean restart.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag and is pulling away.

Kyle Busch ends his 30 race losing streak and wins the grandfather clock at Martinsville!

The unofficial results for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250:
Kyle Busch
John Hunter Nemechek
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Timothy Peters
Spencer Gsllagher
Matt Crafton
Parker Kligerman
Cameron Hyley
Rico Abreu
Ben Kennedy
Ryan Truex
Tyler Young
Brandon Brown
Austin Wayne Self
Ben Rhodes
Shane Lee
Daniel Suarez
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
John Wes Townley
Daniel Hemric
Bryce Napier
Timmy Hill
Paige Decker
Justin Haley
Claire Decker
Spencer Boyd
Cole Custer
Mike Bliss
Kaz Grala
Johnny Sauter


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