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Perfect restart leads Joey Logano to first career Truck win

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Joey Logano knew if he was to win Saturday’s Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race, it would come down to the final restart.

Logano couldn’t have done it better, getting past Matt Crafton and sailing two final laps to earn his first career truck race victory.

“We just had a great restart,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “Tires hooked up well, we prepped them well on the back straightaway and made sure they were clean enough.

“We got a good jump. We drove it in there and hoped for the best.”

Logano won in a green-white-checkered finish, the race going an extra laps over the scheduled 250 laps.

“It’s a lot of work here at Martinsville,” Logano said. “They make you work for these things here.”

Logano becomes the 26th driver in NASCAR history to now have won in all three pro series: Sprint Cup, Xfinity and now the Truck Series.

“It’s cool to say I’ve won in all three series now, so that’s pretty special,” Logano said.

Runner-up Crafton agreed that Logano got him on the restart.

“He timed it right,” Crafton said. “He lagged back on the restart and got a big run. I knew it was going to be chaos going into Turn 1 and I knew if I tried to block him, he was going to move me at that point.

“It’s racing at Martinsville. I had a blast.”

Rookie Cole Custer, 17, looked like he might steal the win, passing Crafton and Logano by forcing them into each other with five laps to go in regulation time. But Crafton rallied back two laps later and punted Custer, relegating him to a disappointing 16th place finish.

“I knew he was going to come back and nudge me a little bit,” Custer said of Crafton. “He did it respectfully. I was giving him all I had just to try and stay up there.”

Logano looks for a complete weekend sweep in Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville.

Thus far, he’s earned poles for both the Truck and Cup races, and after his Truck win, just needs to win Sunday to complete a perfect two-day effort.

Erik Jones finished third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Tyler Reddick.

Final results of the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway:

1 Joey Logano
2 Matt Crafton
3 Erik Jones
4 Johnny Sauter
5 Tyler Reddick
6 Daniel Suarez
7 James Buescher
8 John Wes Townley
9 Matt Tifft
10 Justin Boston
11 Cameron Hayley
12 Daniel Hemric
13 Ray Black Jr.
14 Spencer Gallagher
15 Brandon Jones
16 Cole Custer
17 Gray Gaulding
18 Timothy Peters
19 Ben Kennedy
20 Tyler Young
21 Caleb Holman
22 Mason Mingus
23 Korbin Forrister
24 Jennifer Jo Cobb
25 Tommy Regan
26 Jake Griffin
27 Cody Ware
28 Norm Benning
29 John H. Nemechek
30 David Gilliland
31 Bryan Silas
32 Travis Kvapil

Average Speed: 68.214 mph
Time of Race: 01 hrs, 59 mins, 22 secs.
Margin of victory: 0.431 seconds
Lead changes: 14 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 9 for 61 laps

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For Sprint Cup pole encore, Logano earns Truck pole as well

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Once just wasn’t enough for Joey Logano. Like a gambler at Las Vegas, Logano doubled-up for the weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

On Friday, Logano won the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race.

One day later, Logano went out and grabbed the pole for Saturday’s Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race.

Logano covered the .526-mile track with a field-best speed of 97.088 mph.

Cole Custer, who was fastest in Friday’s lone practice, earned the outside pole with a run of 96.622 mph.

Third through fifth on the speed chart were Cameron Hayley (96.499), Erik Jones (96.357) and John Wes Townley.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:
1 Joey Logano … 97.088 mph
2 Cole Custer … 96.622
3 Cameron Hayley … 96.499
4 Erik Jones … 96.357
5 John Wes Townley … 96.000
6 Brandon Jones … 95.942
7 Tyler Reddick … 95.854
8 David Gilliland … 95.723
9 Johnny Sauter … 95.632
10 Tyler Young … 95.357
11 Daniel Suarez … 95.285
12 Gray Gaulding … 95.237
13 Matt Crafton … 95.319
14 Daniel Hemric … 95.309
15 James Buescher … 95.252
16 John H. Nemechek … 95.194
17 Timothy Peters … 95.175
18 Spencer Gallagher … 95.165
19 Matt Tifft … 95.055
20 Mason Mingus … 95.003
21 Justin Boston … 94.922
22 Ben Kennedy … 94.251
23 Caleb Holman … 93.933
24 Jake Griffin … 93.929
25 Bryan Silas … 93.442
26 Ray Black Jr. … 93.442
27 Korbin Forrister … 93.331
28 Cody Ware … owner points
29 Norm Benning … owner points
30 Tommy Regan … owner points
31 Jennifer Jo Cobb … owner points
32 Travis Kvapil … owner points

Did not qualify: Wendell Chavous, Brandon Brown, Paige Decker, Charles Buchanan Jr.

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Cole Custer paces Camping World Truck Series practice

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Cole Custer shot to the top of the speed charts in Friday’s lone Camping World Truck Series practice.

The 17-year-old son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Joe Custer, the younger Custer led all drivers with a top speed of 96.068 mph.

Cameron Hayley was second-fastest at 95.622 mph, followed by Johnny Sauter (95.530), Joey Logano (95.415) and series points leader Tyler Reddick (95.410.).

Friday morning’s practice session was cancelled due to rain, prompting NASCAR to combine two originally scheduled shorter afternoon sessions into one 2 1/2-hour session.

Driver speeds from final (and only) Camping World Truck Series practice:

1 Cole Custer … 96.068 mph … 72 laps
2 Cameron Hayley … 95.622 … 82 laps
3 Johnny Sauter … 95.530 … 97 laps
4 Joey Logano … 95.415 … 106 laps
5 Tyler Reddick … 95.410 … 132 laps
6 Erik Jones … 95.381 … 104 laps
7 Tyler Young … 95.371 … 106 laps
8 Gray Gaulding … 95.347 … 78 laps
9 John Wes Townley … 95.333 … 106 laps
10 Matt Tifft … 95.290 … 102 laps
11 Ben Kennedy … 95.256 … 125 laps
12 David Gilliland … 95.232 … 55 laps
13 Daniel Hemric … 95.118 … 96 laps
14 Daniel Suarez … 95.089 … 89 laps
15 Matt Crafton … 94.913 … 118 laps
16 Timothy Peters … 94.898 … 88 laps
17 Brandon Jones … 94.860 … 104 laps
18 Spencer Gallagher … 94.856 … 119 laps
19 John H. Nemechek … 94.453 … 103 laps
20 Juston Boston … 94.355 … 89 laps
21 James Buescher … 93.980 … 78 laps
22 Mason Mingus … 93.952 … 96 laps
23 Caleb Holman … 93.910 … 79 laps
24 Bryan Silas … 93.673 … 114 laps
25 Brandon Brown … 93.641 … 94 laps
26 Ray Black Jr. … 93.189 … 141 laps
27 Jake Griffin … 93.116 … 103 laps
28 Wendell Chavous … 92.330 … 160 laps
29 Cody Ware … 92.245 … 68 laps
30 Korbin Forrister … 92.137 … 100 laps
31 Tommy Regan … 91.056 … 71 laps
32 Norm Benning … 91.056 … 6 laps
33 Travis Kvapil … 90.677 … 22 laps
34 Jennifer Jo Cobb … 89.262 … 70 laps
35 Paige Decker … 89.258 … 82 laps
36 Charles Buchanan Jr. … 87.042 … 98 laps

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Entry List for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hasn’t seen the track since last month at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the break is over. Thirty-six Trucks are scheduled to compete Saturday in the 17th annual Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano is among those on the entry list.

Kroger 250 – Martinsville Speedway

Entry List

00-Cole Custer (Chevrolet/Haas Automation)

1-Travis Kvapil (Chevrolet/TBA)

02-Tyler Young (Chevrolet/Randco Industries-Young’s Building Systems)

4-Erik Jones (Toyota/Toyota)

05-John Wes Townley (Chevrolet/Zaxby’s)

6-Norm Benning (Chevrolet/TBA)

7-Gray Gaulding (Toyota/Krispy Kreme)

07-Ray Black Jr. (Chevrolet/ScubaLife.com)

08-Korbin Forrister (Chevrolet/Tilted Kilt)

8-John Hunter Nemecheck (Chevrolet/swmtx.com-D.A.B. Constructors, Inc)

10- Jennifer Joe Cobb (Chevrolet/Driven2Honor.org)

11-Ben Kennedy (Toyota/TBD)

13-Cameron Hayley (Toyota/Cabinets by Hayley-Carolina Nut Co.)

14-Daniel Hemric (Chevrolet/California Clean Power)

15-Mason Mingus (Chevrolet/Georgia 811)

17-Timothy Peters (Toyota/Red Horse Racing)

19-Tyler Reddick (Ford/DrawTite)

23-Spencer Gallagher (Chevrolet/Allegiant Travel)

25-Matt Tifft (Toyota/Clinical RM-Honoring Ebola Fighters)

29-Joey Logano (Ford/Cooper Standard)

31-James Buescher (Chevrolet/ERT Investments)

33-Brandon Jones (Chevrolet/TBA)

35-Tommy Regan (Chevrolet/TBA)

50-Cody Ware (Chevrolet/Burnie Grill)

51-Daniel Suarez (Toyota/ARRIS)

54-Justin Boston (Toyota/Zloop)

63-TBA (Chevrolet/TBA)

74-TBA (Chevrolet/TBA)

75-Caleb Holman (Chevrolet/Food Country USA,-Lopez Wealth Mgmt., Morning Fresh Farms)

86-Brandon Brown (Chevrolet/Brandonbilt Foundations)

87-Charles Buchanan Jr. (Ford/Spring Drug)

88-Matt Crafton (Toyota/Hormel-Menards)

92-David Gilliand (Ford/Blacks Tire-Goodyear Commerical Tire & Service Network-Wynns)

94-Wendell Chavous (Chevrolet/VYDOX Plus)

98-Johnny Sauter (Toyota/Smokey Mountain-Curb Records)

99-Bryan Silas (Chevrolet/TBA)

Matt Crafton pulls away, wins Truck Series race at Atlanta

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Back-to-back defending Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton chalked up a convincing victory tonight at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading a race-high 85 laps to win the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.

Crafton quickly moved from 15th on the grid and took the lead from Erik Jones at Lap 45 of 130. From there on, the ThorSport Racing driver dominated to claim his sixth career Truck Series triumph, his fourth on a 1.5-mile oval (Charlotte 2008, Kansas 2013, Texas-1 2014), and his first Atlanta win in his 14th start there.

“I was really, really disappointed in qualifying, but we didn’t have a whole lot of single lap speed by itself,” Crafton told Fox Sports 1 in Victory Lane. “But I knew once they dropped the green and this thing took off – I ran three laps and said, ‘We’ve got something for these boys, they’re in trouble today.'”

Ty Dillon followed up his third-place Xfinity Series effort earlier on Saturday with a second-place finish in the Truck race. Pole sitter Ben Kennedy only led the first lap, but turned in a solid third-place finish to bounce back from a crash in last weekend’s season opener at Daytona.

Daniel Suarez collected a second consecutive Top-10 finish in the Trucks with a run to fourth place, while Tyler Reddick came home fifth to retain his Truck Series championship lead by two points over Crafton.

Erik Jones led 37 laps tonight, but slid through his pit stall not once but twice during stops and finished an unrepresentative seventh. Also having a rough night was Sprint Cup star Brad Keselowski, who finished one lap down in 15th. Keselowski was penalized in the pits early on (driving through too many stalls) and was two laps down at one point in the race.

The Trucks now take a one-month break before returning to action on March 28 at the half-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta
Unofficial Results

1. Matt Crafton … 130 laps … Running
2. Ty Dillon … 130 laps … Running
3. Ben Kennedy … 130 laps … Running
4. Daniel Suarez … 130 laps … Running
5. Tyler Reddick … 130 laps … Running
6. Johnny Sauter … 130 laps … Running
7. Erik Jones … 130 laps … Running
8. James Buescher … 129 laps … Running
9. Timothy Peters … 129 laps … Running
10. Joe Nemechek … 129 laps … Running
11. Ryan Sieg … 129 laps … Running
12. John Wes Townley … 129 laps … Running
13. Spencer Gallagher … 129 laps … Running
14. Cameron Hayley … 129 laps … Running
15. Brad Keselowski … 129 laps … Running
16. Justin Boston … 129 laps … Running
17. Caleb Holman … 127 laps … Running
18. Garrett Smithley … 126 laps … Running
19. Daniel Hemric … 126 laps … Running
20. Korbin Forrister … 125 laps … Running
21. Bryan Silas … 123 laps … Running
22. Tyler Young … 123 laps … Running
23. Jordan Anderson … 123 laps … Running
24. Wendell Chavous … 120 laps … Running
25. Ray Black Jr. … 119 laps … Running
26. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 118 laps … Running
27. Morgan Shepherd … 118 laps … Running
28. Mason Mingus … 110 laps … Accident
29. Brandon Brown … 91 laps … Oil Line
30. Cody Ware … 48 laps … Accident
31. Norm Benning … 12 laps … Rear Gear

Time of race: One hour, 25 minutes, 22 seconds
Margin of victory: 8.752 seconds
Average speed: 140.711 mph
Cautions: Three for 13 laps
Lead Changes: Six among 5 drivers
Laps Led: Crafton 85, Jones 37, Keselowski 6, Kennedy 1, Suarez 1.