Martinsville Speedway Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer “There is no coffee strong enough that will wake you up like losing brakes into turn one at Martinsville,” Corey LaJoie after crashing during Saturday morning practice. Heading into Turn 1, LaJoie’s No. 32 CorvetteParts.com Ford Mustang lost his brakes and careened into the wall at full force, leaving heavy right front damage as he brought his car to the garage. He and the entire GoFAS Racing team rolled out and began working on the backup car before qualifying commences later this afternoon. #RESPECT Driver workingRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor After weeks of aero package this and aero package that, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to some normalcy this weekend as they head to Martinsville Speedway for the first short track race of the season and Sunday’s running of the STP 500. A mainstay on the schedule since 1949, the historic half-mile, which is also the smallest on the circuit, will test both man and machine over 500 grueling laps. The track has basically one groove, meaning the only way to pass will beRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent After two weeks off, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is back in action at Martinsville Speedway. Austin Hill is still the only driver locked into the Playoffs after Kyle Busch has won the last two races. Drivers playing catch up, a huge rookie contingent, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers in the field once again are some of the storylines heading into the Martinsville 250. Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, and Kyle Busch are the only Cup drivers enter in Saturday’s race. Coverage for theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor We all know how dominant Petty Enterprises was in its heyday, as the organization captured 250+ wins over the course of its lifespan with Richard Petty, Lee Petty, and a handful of others behind the wheel, but after Petty’s final win in 1984, trips to Victory Lane would become a much rarer sight. Only three other times after that would a Petty Enterprises No. 43 car take the checkered flag and in April 1999, John Andretti would be the last driver to deliver a win forRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent A new team owned by journeyman driver Timmy Hill will make its’ NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway. Hill will split driving time with his brother, Tyler Hill. Hill Motorsports will run a limited schedule, 10 races, after Timmy Hill purchased two Chevrolet Silverados from the seemingly-defunct MDM Motorsports. Tyler Hill’s first start for the team will come at Dover International Speedway. Team owners Carl Long, who both of the Hill brothers have driven for, and Rick Ware, who Timmy Hill hasRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent For the second race at Martinsville Speedway in a row, Halifax, VA native Jeb Burton will compete with Rick Ware Racing. Burton will drive the No. 52 Muzzy Bowfishing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500. The last time Burton competed for Ware at Martinsville he started 39th, and finished 33rd. The 26-year-old driver has three starts at his hometrack with a best finish of 27th in the 2015 Playoff race. Burton also has seven NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series startsRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Bill McAnally Racing will once again field an entry in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Derek Kraus. The 17-year-old will compete in four races for the West Coast-based team. Kraus will make his 2019 Truck Series debut in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway in the No. 19 ENEOS Motor Oil / NAPA Filters Toyota Tundra. He will then return at Dover International Speedway on May 3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 13, after he turns 18 on September 1,Read More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent After competing in the first three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events, Natalie Decker will face a new challenge. At the end of March, the 21-year-old will travel to Spain to participate in a four-day test for the W Series, a new women-only open wheel racing series. Decker was one of 54 drivers that took part in the initial selection process. She was the only stockcar racer chosen to participate in the four-day test of the W Series Tatuus F318 Formula 3 car. The testRead More

Posted On February 15, 2019By Seth EggertIn Breaking News, Headline News, Trucks

Lessard to Make Truck Debut with KBM

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Kyle Busch Motorsports will introduce another young talent to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series when Raphael Lessard makes his debut at Martinsville Speedway in March. The 17-year-old Quebec, Canada native will compete in three Truck races for KBM. Lessard will drive the No. 46 Toyota Tundra at Dover International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway in addition to Martinsville. The Canadian teenager joined KBM last season in super late model competition. “Driving for KBM I will be assured of having one of the best vehiclesRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 39 Years in Cup: 13 Career Wins: 10 Last season was a banner year for Clint Bowyer, as he finally broke through for his first wins with Stewart-Haas Racing en route to his best points finish since 2013. The Emporia, Kansas native absolutely dominated at Martinsville in April, leading 215 of the final 216 laps ofRead More