Martinsville: News of note, schedule

NEWS & NOTES * Etc. ... Chris Wimmer (No. 63 Race Fans For A Cure Ford) is the 13th driver to declare for the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year award. The 24-year-old Wisconsin native, younger brother of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competitor Scott ...

NEWS & NOTES

* Etc. ... Chris Wimmer (No. 63 Race Fans For A Cure Ford) is the 13th driver to declare for the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year award. The 24-year-old Wisconsin native, younger brother of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competitor Scott Wimmer, makes his series debut next week at Martinsville Speedway. ... The current rookie class is the largest since 1997, when a record-matching 14 candidates qualified for the May 31 event at New Hampshire International Speedway.

QUOTEBOOK

* "I remember going to Martinsville as a kid. I had no ambition to race. I was there to play with the other drivers' and owners' kids. You had about three hours of play time since that's how long the race took and then you went home." -- Jon Wood (No. 50 Roush Racing Ford), winner of last October's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* This weekend marks the ninth anniversary of Ken Schrader's only NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at the old Saugus Speedway, the historic, flat .333-mile venue just north of Los Angeles. Schrader beat Geoffrey Bodine (No. 03 Team EJP Racing Chevrolet) by 1.7 seconds on April 15, 1995 -- the night before Easter.

FAST FACTS

What:  Kroger 250 (Race No. 3 of 25).

Where: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
When: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 17.

Track layout: .526-mile paved oval.
Race length: 250 laps/131.5 miles.

TV: SPEED Channel, 1 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice, 9 -- 11:15 a.m. Qualifying, 1:30 p.m. Final practice following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice, time permitting.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Jon Wood , Scott Wimmer , Chris Wimmer