NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes – March 24, 2017

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams continue their break this weekend before running the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 1st at 3 pm ET. Pre-race television coverage begins at 2:30 pm ET on FOX along with radio coverage on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Drivers will race 131.5 miles over 250 laps – Stage 1 ends on lap 70 with Stage 2 ending on lap 140 and the race finish on lap 250. 

Countdown is on: Martinsville

This weekend’s racing at Auto Club Speedway marks the third-consecutive off-week for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 

Reigning Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner at Martinsville and will be looking to capture his first win of 2017, as well as a trip to the 2017 series playoffs. 

Martinsville Speedway Rundown

As the Camping World Truck Series readies for Martinsville Speedway next weekend, below is a rundown of some Camping World Truck Series quick facts at Martinsville.

  • Races:  36
  • Pole Winners: 25
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Cole Custer (10/31/2015 – 17 years, 9 months, 8 days)
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Joe Ruttman (04/07/2001 – 56 years, 5 months, 10 days)
  • Race Winners:  25
  • Youngest Winner: Darrell Wallace Jr (10/26/2013 – 20 years, 0 months, 18 days)
  • Oldest Winner: Jimmy Hensley (04/17/1999 – 53 years, 6 months, 6 days)
  • Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 8
  • Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Joey Logano (03/28/2015)
  • Race Record: Jimmy Hensley 74.282 mph (04/17/1999)
  • Qualifying Record: Joey Logano 97.088 mph (03/28/2015) 

Camping World Truck Series Rookie Report

The Camping World Truck Series has eight Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders in this season’s class. Here is a rundown of how each rookie has done through two races this season:

Kaz Grala: Grala won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the youngest pole winner and race winner in series history at the track at 18 years, 1 month and 26 days. Grala now sits fourth in the Camping World Truck Series points standings in his first season with GMS Racing.

Chase Briscoe: Through two races this season, Briscoe has two top-25 finishes, including a third-place finish at Daytona. Briscoe now sits eighth in the Camping World Truck Series points standings in his first full-time season with Brad Keselowski Racing.

Grant Enfinger: Enfinger scattered multiple Camping World Truck Series races over the years before the 2017 season, but is now running full-time with ThorSport Racing for his Sunoco Rookie season. The rook scored a top-ten at Atlanta, finishing eighth. Enfinger is ninth in the series point standings.

Cody Coughlin: Cody Coughlin is entering his first full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing. He’s scored two top-20 finishes in his first two races this season and is averaging a 13.5 average finish. Coughlin sits 11th in the Camping World Truck Series point standings.

Wendell Chavous: Chavous is running his Sunoco Rookie season with Premium Motorsports. In two races, he’s been a positive place differential king – averaging a +9.5 place differential. He finished 19th at Daytona and 20th at Atlanta. He is now 16th in the Camping World Truck Series standings.

Noah Gragson: Gragson had a rough start to the season, crashing at Daytona and finishing 26th. He bounced back at Atlanta and placed 14th. He sits 17th in the Camping World Truck Series points standings in his first full-time season with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Austin Cindric: Cindric enters his Sunoco Rookie season with Brad Keselowski Racing. He finished 27th at Daytona after a crash and placed 21st at Atlanta. Cindric is now 19th in the Camping World Truck Series point standings.

Stewart Friesen: Friesen enters his first full-time Camping World Truck Series season with Halmar Friesen Racing. He was in an accident at Daytona and finished 31st. He scored a top-20 at Atlanta and now sits 22nd in the Camping World Truck Series point standings in his Sunoco Rookie season.

 

Also Noteworthy

Cindric Goes IMSA Racing – Brad Keselowski Racing driver Austin Cindric competed in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh Florida. Cindric finished 13th in the GTD Class in the No. 15 Lexus RCF GT3. It was his second IMSA start this season, finishing 14th at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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