Martinsville Jimmy Hensley; the first step

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 10, 2000) - Last year, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway produced a victory for Jimmy Hensley. This year, the NAPA 250 produced a first step. "We got our first Top-10 of the year, so...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 10, 2000) - Last year, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway produced a victory for Jimmy Hensley. This year, the NAPA 250 produced a first step. "We got our first Top-10 of the year, so that's a good thing for this Team Rensi bunch," said Hensley, who drove his #16 Chevrolet Silverado to a 10th-place finish in Monday's race. "The crew has been working very hard and I drove hard today. We'll take this finish and look forward to heading to Portland (OR) for the next race in two weeks." Hensley, a nearby Ridgeway, VA resident and a Martinsville racing legend, started the 250-lap event on the tight .526-mile oval from the 21st position. He steadily moved his way through traffic to the front breaking into the Top-10 after a pit stop on Lap 65. The cagey veteran then shadowed the leaders moving into the sixth spot with just over 75 laps remaining in the rough and tumble affair that featured nine caution periods for 51 laps. Outside the Top-10 after taking on right side tires on the 212th circuit, Hensley charged back to score his first pylon finish of the season. "We were just off a little bit today," said Hensley. "There were guys running into you all day long, on the straight aways and in the corners. I guess that's just short-track racing. You get used to it here at Martinsville." Hensley earned $9,900 for the effort and stayed 13th in the NCTS season standings with 581 points. That's just 16 markers out of 10th-place and only 267 behind series leader Mike Wallace with 19 races remaining. The Team Rensi crew will have a week extra to prepare for the next event on the NCTS tour at Portland, OR, Saturday, April 22. The race on the nine turn, 1.967-mile Portland road course, will be telecast by ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Jimmy Hensley