SCORE FOUR: Tundra drivers have won four of the last five races at Martinsville Speedway. Last year, Skinner won back- to-back races at the Virginia short track, while David Starr won the spring race in 2006 (his first win in a Tundra) and Jack ...
SCORE FOUR: Tundra drivers have won four of the last five races at Martinsville Speedway. Last year, Skinner won back- to-back races at the Virginia short track, while David Starr won the spring race in 2006 (his first win in a Tundra) and Jack Sprague won the 2006 fall race. Schrader (fourth) and Starr (sixth) were the other top-Toyota finishers in the spring race earlier this year.
RACING REUNION: Sprague will be back in the driver's seat of a Tundra for the remainder of the 2008 season beginning this weekend at Martinsville when he returns to the No. 60 Wyler Racing Toyota Tundra. It marks a reunion of Sprague and Wyler Racing as they competed together for 55 races starting late in the 2005 season through the end of last year. Their first race together was in Martinsville toward the end of the 2005 season which will be the site of their reunion this weekend. During his first stint with Wyler Racing, Sprague visited victory lane three times, earned four poles, 18 top-five results and 27 top-10 finishes.
NEW DEBUT: Sean Caisse will make his NCTS debut Saturday afternoon at Martinsville. Caisse will pilot the No. 9 Germain.com Tundra for Germain Racing. The 22-year-old finished second two years in a row in the NASCAR Camping World Series East championship (2006 and 2007). This year, Caisse has earned two top-five finishes in five ARCA RE/MAX Series starts.
CAISSE COMMENTS: "If I were to pick a race track for my first Truck Series race, it would be either Martinsville or Loudon," says Caisse. "We tried to do this last year at Loudon, but qualifying got rained out. I'm very excited to make my Truck Series debut in the Germain.com Tundra at Martinsville Speedway. Watching the Truck Series races on SPEED, I've always thought that Martinsville is the most ideal track for racing. It's a really cool, aggressive, bumping and banging track."
FOLLOWING FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS: Dustin Skinner, son of veteran Tundra driver Mike Skinner, will make his NCTS debut Saturday afternoon at Martinsville. The 23-year-old will sit behind the wheel of the No. 03 Germain Racing Tundra at the Virginia short track, the very same track where his father made his first-ever NASCAR start in 1986. HEADING HOME: Todd Bodine always looks forward to racing at Martinsville Speedway even though he has never recorded a win at the track. Bodine graduated from high school just 45 minutes from Martinsville in Rocky Mount, Va. Last year, Bodine finished second in the spring NCTS race. He also earned the pole position for the 2001 NSCS fall race at the Virginia oval.
BODINE HOME BOUND: "To me, winning Martinsville is almost as good as winning Daytona," says Bodine. "I consider it one of my home tracks. I graduated high school 45 minutes up the road. I used to hang out in Martinsville. I've been going to Martinsville since I was seven watching my brothers race there. So, for me to win Martinsville -- it's one of my big three that I want to do. Plus, both of my brothers have won there and it would be history for al l three of us to have wins there. I've always run well there and it's like going home when we go there."
HOMETOWN HERO: One person who has more experience than most drivers at Martinsville won't be in the starting line- up, but will be in the pits for Xpress Motorsports. Jeff Hensley, who hung up his driver's suit and is currently crew chief for Brian Scott and the No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Tundra, knows Martinsville as well as anyone. Growing up in Ridgeway, Va., just six miles from Martinsville Speedway, Hensley spent considerable time at the track. He competed in 10 Nationwide Series races at Martinsville between 1982 and 1985, recording five top-10 finishes. In addition, Hensley was a part of two wins at Martinsville as crew chief with Skinner and the No. 5 Bill Davis Racing Tundra last year.
VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS: HT Motorsports is one of the longest-operating NASCAR teams and is based in the state of Virginia. Team owner Jim Harris is a lifelong resident of the Lynchburg, Va.-area, where he operates his family owned business, Harris Trucking. HT Motorsports' team sponsor, ASE, is also located in Virginia, with their corporate headquarters located in Leesburg.
TUNDRA TALLY: Tundra drivers have registered 11 NCTS wins through 20 races in 2008. Johnny Benson (Milwaukee, Kentucky, Indianapolis and Nashville), Busch (California, Atlanta and Bristol) and Bodine (Daytona and Talladega) each have multiple race wins this season. Tundra racers Speed (Dover) and Skinner (Las Vegas) each have one NCTS victory this year.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: Benson fell to second-place in the NCTS point standings following Talladega and is now 39 points behind leader Hornaday, Jr. Other Tundra drivers in the top-10 in NCTS points include Bodine (fourth), Skinner (sixth) and Terry Cook (10th).
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