What To Look For In The Truck Race At Martinsville

Stewart Friesen

What to Watch For: 

Defending race winner John Hunter Nemechek has three finishes of runner-up or better in 11 races at Martinsville.

Johnny Sauter won the race in November. The last time a driver won back-to-back races was Mike Skinner who swept the 2007 season.

Sauter has a series best four wins at Martinsville. He is the only repeat winner in the last 10 races, winning in November of both 2016 and 2018.

In five of the last six years, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion scored a win in the opening four races of the season. So far only Daytona winner Austin Hill is eligible. Kyle Busch won the Atlanta and Las Vegas races but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship contender is ineligible for the Truck title.

Veteran Grant Enfinger leads the series driver championship standings. He holds a six-point edge over rookie Harrison Burton.

Three teen drivers will make their series debut this weekend – including 17-year old’s Derek Kraus, of Wisconsin and Canadian Raphael Lessard along with 18 year-old Juan Manuel Gonzalez, of Mexico.

Popular driver Bubba Wallace – now a fulltime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup competitor – will be competing in the Truck race. He has two wins at Martinsville including his first ever national series victory in 2013. He is a perfect 4-for-4 in scoring top-five finishes at the half-mile track.

Johnny Sauter is the only Martinsville winner in the last five races to lead the most laps and earn the victory.  He led 148 en route to the November win at the track. Previously Ben Rhodes (134 laps in Spring, 2018), Matt Crafton (102 laps, Fall, 2017), Christopher Bell (96 laps, Spring 2017) and Chase Elliott (109 laps, Fall 2016) led the most laps in a race and did not hoist the trophy.

Harrison Burton leads Sheldon Creed in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.


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