Martinsville II: TJ Bell preview

TJ Bell Ready To Redeem Himself At Martinsville * Bell at Martinsville...The Kroger 200 will mark TJ Bell's fifth start at Martinsville Speedway. In four previous starts at the paperclip shaped short track, Bell earned one...

TJ Bell Ready To Redeem Himself At Martinsville

* Bell at Martinsville...The Kroger 200 will mark TJ Bell's fifth start at Martinsville Speedway. In four previous starts at the paperclip shaped short track, Bell earned one top-10 finish; a sixth place finish in the fall race of 2008. Bell's last trip to Martinsville this past spring saw his best Martinsville start. After starting from the 15th position, Bell had good run going but a late race accident relegated him a 31st place finish. Bell is looking to redeem himself this trip and earn another great finish for his #11 Red Horse Racing team.

* #11 Team Revs Up As Season Winds Down...The #11 Red Horse Racing team seems to be getting better and better as the 2009 season comes to a close. In the previous eight races, Bell has finished in the top-15 seven times, including a seventh place finish at Iowa and an eighth place finish at Bristol. In those same eight races, Bell has earned six top-15 starts including a second place start at Iowa. Crew Chief Rick Gay and Bell feel like they have hit on something in recent weeks and look forward to flexing their muscle in the final five events of the season.

* Testing At Caraway...To prepare for the trip to Martinsville Speedway, Bell and the #11 team headed to Asheboro, North Carolina to test at Caraway Speedway. The short track offers a similar track configuration to Martinsville and served as good preparation for the Kroger 200.

TJ Bell on racing at Martinsville Speedway "I'm so ready to get back to the track. I feel really prepared for this race. The test helped us get where we need to be when we unload and we'll use practice to get the #11 set-up for the tight turns of Martinsville. This is always a fun race full of lots of hard racing. The spring race didn't end the way we wanted it to so hopefully we can run up front and stay out of trouble and get the finish we deserve this time."

Crew Chief Rick Gay on Martinsville Speedway "I always look forward to racing at Martinsville. It seems to be a different kind of challenge lately due to the testing ban. We all go to different short tracks to test to simulate Martinsville and once we get to Martinsville we use every ounce of practice we can get. That's how much it takes to get your truck perfect for the race. What this team has done to prepare is the best possible scenario and hopefully it will pay dividends on Saturday."

Equipment Information The #11 Red Horse Racing team will compete with chassis # 93 in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. This is the same chassis that Bell raced at California, Kentucky and Nashville where he finished fifth, 23rd and 10th respectively.

-credit: rhr

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