CWTS Returns at Martinsville

The Camping World Truck Series returns this weekend with a little short track racing at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

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The half mile track is shaped like a paper clip and is known for some beating and banging among the drivers.

Stages one and two of this race are 70 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps.

After three rounds of multiple truck qualifying, Chase Elliott won the pole position for his third CWTS pole and will bring the field to the green flag

Thirty five teams brought trucks to Martinsville for the 32 truck field. Austin Wayne Self, Norm Benning, and Charles Buchanan did not qualify for the race.

A quarter of the 32 truck field are still in their teens with the youngest driver just 16 years of age – second generation driver Harrison Burton.

The starting lineup for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250:
Chase Elliott
Johnny Sauter
Timothy Peters
Matt Crafton
Ross Chastain
Christopher Bell
Harrison Burton
Chase Bricsoe
Noah Gragson
Grant Enfinger
Kaz Grala
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Cindric
Kyle Donahue
Brett Moffitt
Ty Dillon
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Ryan Truex
Regan Smith
Joe Nemechek
Austin Hill
Brandon Brown
Justin Haley – moved to the back of the field with a tire change
Caleb Holman
T.J. Bell
Cody Coughlin
Travis Kvapil – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Bryce Napier – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Donnie Levister – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Wendell Chavous
Jordan Anderson

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick joins the FOX broadcast booth this week.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race gets out in front of the field to lead the first lap.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap three when Bryce Napier made contact with the wall.

Chase Elliot brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap nine and pulls out in front of team mate Johnny Sauter for the lead.

The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 13 when Joe Nemechek and Cody Coughlin make contact.

Cody Coughlin is penalized for leaving pit road with equipment.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 and holds on to the lead of the race.

On lap 20 Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on secnd place driver Matt Crafton.

Lap 23 Chase Elliott has increased that lead to over two seconds. There are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 27 Chase Elliott has caught the rear of the field with a lead of over two seconds and is beginning to lap trucks; there are 29 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 37 Chase Elliott’s lead is less then two seconds over second place driver Johnny Sauter with 26 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 43 Johnny Sauter has cut Chase Elliott’s lead to just over half a second as Elliott encounters slower traffic. There are 24 trucks on the lead lap with only Bryce Napier off the track.

Lap 51 Chase Elliott’s lead is down to less than half a second as he continues to encounter traffic.

Ten laps remain in stage one and Chase Elliott still holds on to the lead of the race with team mate Johnny Sauter on his bumper.

Johnny Sauter is a CWTS regular but team mate Chase Elliott is not, he is a Monster Energy Cup Series driver and cannot earn any bonus points.

Chase Elliott wins stage one.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Christopher Bell
Gran Enfinger
Chase Briscoe
Timothy Peters
Noah Gragson
Ty Dillon
John Hunter Nemechek

Taking only two tires, Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 82. Johnny Sauter challenges Christopher Bell for the lead and takes over the lead of the race on lap 83.

Lap 87 Johnny Sauter has a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell. In third place Chase Elliot is a second and a half behind. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

The fourth caution flag comes out on lap 91 when Brandon Brown spins out.

Johnny SauterChristopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 98 and holds on to the lead.

The fifth caution flag comes out when Noah Gragson gets spun out by Chase Briscoe.

Johnny Sauterbrings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 106. Sauter holds on to the lead.

In only three laps Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second.

Jordan Anderson and Bryce Napier are out of the race.

Lap 115 Johnny Sauter has a lead of over a second. John Hunter Nemechek is reporting engine issues and has stopped on the track bringing out the sixth caution flag of the race.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 124 and holds on to the lead as trucks are beating and banging behind hom.

After making contact with Timothy Peters, Chase Brisco has a smoking tire with a tire rub.

With six laps remaining in the stage, Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds.

Ross Chastain spins out and brings out the seventh caution flag of the race, after making contact with Chase Elliott, with only five laps remaining in the stage.

Johnny Sauter wins stage two under caution.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Chase Briscoe
Timothy Peters
Grant Enfinger
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Kaz Grala
Christopher Bell
Austin Hill

Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out Christopher Bell brings the field dwon for the green start of stage three on lap 148.

Lap 153 Christopher Bell has a lead of less than half a second on second place driver Chase Elliott.

Ben Rhodes is reporting brake issues.

Lap 158 Chase Elliott is on lead Christopher Bell’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

Chase Briscoe brings out the eighth caution flag when he spins out.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the greet flag restart with 85 laps remaining in the race.

Chase Elliott again challenges Christopher Bell for the lead with 80 laps to go in the race. So far Bell has been able to hold off Elliott.

Harrison Bruton brings out the ninth caution flag of the race on lap 175 when he spins out.

Christopher Bell brings the field dow nfor the greej flag restart with 68 laps remaining in the race and edges out Chase Elliott for the lead of the race.

Chase Elliott is on Christopher Bell’s bumper but hasn’t quite found a way around Bell just yet.

Noah Gragson has caught Chase Elliott with Johnny Sauter right behind them for a four truck nose to tail train with 52 laps to go.

Fifty laps to go, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead.

With 45 laps to go Christopher Bell is about to encounter lapped traffic.

Johnny Sauter gets around Noah Gragson for third place with 37 laps to go.

Thirty laps to go and Christopher Bell has edged out a lead of half a second on Chase Elliott.

Just 25 laps remaining in the race, Christopher Bell still holds on to the lead; followed by Chase Elliott and Johnny Sauter.

Twenty to go and Christopher Bell’s lead is just over half a second on Chase Elliott. There are 20 trucks on the lead lap.

The tenth caution flag of the race comes out with only 18 laps to go when Austin Cindric battles to stay on the lead lap and makes contact with Christopher Bell.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 12 lapss to go in the race. Team mate Johnny Sauter starts on the front row beside him. Christopher Bell is in third.

Ten to go and Chase Elliott has a led of nearly a second on Johnny Sauter.

With six laps to go Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag…

Chase Elliott wins the race at Martinsville and the coveted Grandfather Clock that is the trophy.

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The unofficial results of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250:
Chase Elliott
Johnny Sauter
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Ty Dillon
Brett Moffitt
Ross Chastain
Timothy Peters
Matt Crafton
Ryan Truex
Chase Briscoe
Regan Smith
Harrison Burton
Austin Hill
Kaz Grala
Kyle Donahue
Grant Enfinger
Joe Nemechek
Cody Coughlin
Ben Rhodes
Austin Cindric
Caleb Holman
Wendell Chavous
T.J. Bell
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Brandon Brown
John Hunter Nemechek
Travis Kvapil
Donnie Levister
Jordan Anderson
Bryce Napier

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