Crafton and the NCWTS impress after pesky gap in schedule

There’s something about a short track that makes everyone smile. Whether it’s the unpredictability or the hard racing, nobody knows. Heck, it could even be both.

Martinsville Speedway’s half-mile, paperclip characteristics help support some of the best racing on the schedule. Naturally, that pumped fans up. What fans didn’t know was that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race would be rained out on Saturday, moving it to Sunday after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.

This set the NASCAR world up for a thrilling venture: a doubleheader.

After the Cup race ran its course, and Kurt Busch celebrated his win, it was time for the third-tier series to take the stage. Darrell Wallace Jr. started on the pole, close friend Ryan Blaney on his outside. Every driver would be racing each other and the dying sunlight.

The beautiful thing about the NCWTS series is that, though they competitors have been off for five weeks, it feels like they never left. The pesky gap in the schedule seemed invisible once the green flag flew. Bumper to bumper, door to door, everyone was on the edge of their seats. Like a song once heard years ago, the roar of the engines brought fans back to life.

Aside from the crazy racing, the big headline was the amount of young-gun, first-timers were in the field. Chaos was expected yet on larger levels; the youngsters actually handled themselves well. Shocking, right?

It came down to two attempts at a green-white-checkered, but the 2013 champion prevailed. Matt Crafton won his first race of the 2014 season, beating out a charging Wallace Jr. as the sun began to set.

Point Standings after the Kroger 250

1. Johnny Sauter (–)
2. Timothy Peters (-1)
3. Matt Crafton (-4)
3. Ryan Blaney (-4)
5. Ron Hornaday Jr. (-5)
6. Ben kennedy (-10)
7. German Quiroqa Jr. (-10)
8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (-21)
8. Tyler Reddick (-21)
10. Jeb Burton (-22)
11. John Wed Townley (-27)
12. Justin Jennings (-35)

A successful doubleheader, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is now set to take another break. However, if any series can redeem itself after an extended vacation, it’s this one.


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