Martinsville II: Jimmy Spencer preview

Jimmy Spencer is batting .500 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He has two career starts and one victory in the series. No one would be surprised if that batting average didn't improve this weekend in the Advance Auto Parts 200 at ...

Jimmy Spencer is batting .500 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He has two career starts and one victory in the series. No one would be surprised if that batting average didn't improve this weekend in the Advance Auto Parts 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

Spencer will be making his third start in Jim Smith's Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge, and it couldn't come at a better place as far as Spencer is concerned.

When Spencer left his New England home more than two decades ago and began touring the East Coast with the Featherlite Modified Series, Martinsville Speedway was one of the first tracks he visited. It quickly became one of his favorites.

But after a couple of Modified National Championship and wins in both the Busch Grand National and Winston Cup divisions, Spencer still doesn't have a Martinsville win to his credit. He believes that could change this weekend, though, in the Advance Auto Parts 200.

"I've been looking forward to getting back with this team from the moment we won at New Hampshire," said Spencer, who will also be running in the SUBWAY 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Martinsville this weekend.

"Jimmy Smith has put together awesome race teams at Ultra Motorsports. I believe he's got 30 wins in the truck series and we're going to give him a few more before this year is over, hopefully starting this weekend at Martinsville." Spencer's win at New Hampshire came in only his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start. In both his truck series starts this year he has been extremely competitive. He was poised to take the lead at the midway point of his first start at Richmond when an impatient competitor took away his chance at victory. That made the win at New Hampshire that much more enjoyable.

"The win at New Hampshire was a milestone in my career," Spencer said. "I've now won in NASCAR's top three divisions: Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck, and I've also won in the (NASCAR) modifieds and ASA. I don't know if anyone else has done that, so it's special for me and my family. It was special for many reasons, none bigger than it gave ASE and CARQUEST another win. When it comes to NASCAR sponsorships, I don't think there's one better than what Jimmy's got for this No. 2 truck. ASE and CARQUEST have been with him since the beginning, and winning never gets old. I know he wants to win a championship for them really bad, and I think he's going to soon."

The SUBWAY 500 weekend at Martinsville Speedway begins with MW Windows Pole Day on Friday. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts 200 is set for 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The Winston Cup cars go under the clock at 3:05 p.m. the same day.

The Advance Auto Parts 200 starts at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday and the SUBWAY 500 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Jim Smith