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Martinsville, VA---Jimmy Hensley is coming to the NAPA 250 Craftsman Truck Series race with a new team, but Martinsville Speedway will be anything but new to him. Hensley has been winning races here for 31 years. He won a ...

Martinsville, VA---Jimmy Hensley is coming to the NAPA 250 Craftsman Truck Series race with a new team, but Martinsville Speedway will be anything but new to him. Hensley has been winning races here for 31 years. He won a 100-lap Modified race in 1968 and later added five Grand National victories to his list. He joined Geoffrey Bodine as the only winners in three different NASCAR divisions at Martinsville with a victory in the 1999 NAPA 250. In fact, Hensley won races at Martinsville in the decades of 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Now, Hensley will try to make it five decades with a win in the NAPA 250 on Saturday, April 8. None of his wins may have been as memorable to him as the NAPA 250 a year ago. "It was just awesome. It looked like everybody was standing, waving their arms, cheering, and it was a great feeling," he said. After he took the checkered flag, Hensley stopped on the finish line, climbed out of his truck, and waved to the crowd. "I didn't know exactly what to do," Hensley said. "I knew Victory Lane was down in turn one, but we used to do it right there on the start finish line. I thought 'I just need to do this.' So I stopped and I don't know what I did... danced and jumped up and down or something." That win came with Petty Enterprises. This year he is driving the number 16 Team Rensi Chevrolet. Hensley is currently 13th in the points and said his truck has been good but his finishes haven't. "For a new team we have run really good, but our finishes don't show that. We had some problems we really couldn't help," he said. Hensley had a great truck at Daytona but was involved in a big wreck. At Homestead, the team missed the setup just a little and finished 12th. They went to Phoenix and had a good truck until the motor starting skipping during the final 40 laps, which cost him a good finish. "At Bakersfield, we sat on the outside pole and ran up front the rest of the day. Then we got in a little skirmish at the end of the race and the finish didn't show how good we really ran," he said. "We just need to get the monkey off our back, and I think we will be all right," he said. Hensley said Martinsville is just the place to do that. "That's where I want to really do well, because I know so many people here," said the driver who lives in nearby Ridgeway, VA. "I'm going to go there and try to do like I have for the past two years. I should have won the last two races there and was fortunate enough to win last year. We are certainly going for this one too." The NAPA 250 Craftsman Truck Series race is Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the race are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 and all seats are unreserved. The Trucks will share the weekend with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, which will run the Goody's Body Pain 500 on Sunday, April 9. Great seats are available for Goody's Body Pain 500 by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-877-RACE-TIX.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine , Jimmy Hensley