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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Sat 3/28, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 250, 2pm, MRN

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Sun 3/29, Martinsville Speedway, STP 500, 12 noon, MRN


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NASCAR News (all content provided by John Singler, MRN Radio)

WEEKEND WINNERS … DENNY HAMLIN, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series … JOEY LOGANO, Camping World Truck Series …

STP 500: Denny Hamlin steered Toyota into Victory Lane for the first time in six races this season, leading the final twenty-eight laps Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin grabbed his final lead of the day from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth and kept the Number-11 Camry in front the rest of the way, holding off a late charge from Brad Keselowski to notch his twenty-fifth career Cup Series win and fifth on the Virginia half-mile. Keselowski pulled right up on Hamlin’s rear bumper on the final lap and lightly tapped him. Hamlin wiggled slightly but kept the wheels straight and beat his Team Penske rival to the checkered flag by eighteen one-hundredths of a second. Pole sitter Joey Logano finished third. Kenseth took fourth place and David Ragan was fifth – giving Joe Gibbs Racing three of the top five finishing positions … Kevin Harvick led a race-high 154 laps and placed eighth, ending his streak of finishing either first or second in eight straight races dating back to last season. Harvick did hold onto the top spot in the standings, now with a twenty-four-point lead over Logano heading into the Easter break … 2014 X-FINITY Series champion Chase Elliott made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the Number-25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He started twenty-seventh and placed thirty-eighth, running at the finish but more than seventy laps down to Hamlin after a pair of early-race incidents forced him to the garage area for repairs. Elliott is running a handful of Cup races this season in advance of 2016, when he’ll replace Jeff Gordon behind the wheel of the Number-24 Chevrolet.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Top 10 Finishers in the Auto Club 400
DRIVER START LAPS LED
1. Denny Hamlin (15) 91
2. Brad Keselowski (12) 18
3. Joey Logano (Pole) 108
4. Matt Kenseth (8) 11
5. David Ragan (20) --
6. Martin Truex Jr. (3) 23
7. Danica Patrick (16) --
8. Kevin Harvick (17) 154
9. Jeff Gordon (4) 21
10. Jamie McMurray (19) --
LARSON HOSPITALIZED …
Kyle Larson missed Sunday’s S-T-P 500 – still hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina, after suffering a fainting spell Saturday during an autograph session at his merchandise trailer at Martinsville Speedway. Larson was taken to the trackside care center and later sent to a local hospital, where it was suggested that he see a neurologist. Larson was then admitted to Carolinas Medical Center, where he remained Sunday. Regan Smith, who was a substitute driver during Kurt Busch’s three-race suspension earlier this season, drove Larson’s Number-42 Chevrolet to a sixteenth-place finish.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Unofficial Point Standings After 6 Races
DRIVER POINTS BEHIND LEADER
1. Kevin Harvick (2) 263 ----
2. Joey Logano (1) 239 -24
3. Martin Truex Jr. 231 -32
4. Brad Keselowski (1) 206 -57
5. Kasey Kahne 193 -70
6. Ryan Newman 180 -83
7. Paul Menard 173 -90
8. Denny Hamlin (1) 172 -91
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 172 -91
10. Aric Almirola 170 -93
11. Jimmie Johnson (1) 168 -95
Matt Kenseth 168 -95
13. David Ragan 163 -100
14. Casey Mears 161 -102
15. Jamie McMurray 154 -109
16. Danica Patrick 148 -115
Jeff Gordon 148 -115
Carl Edwards 148 -115
19. Clint Bowyer 146 -117
20. A-J Allmendinger 138 -125
(Wins in parentheses)

After Race Number-26, the drivers with the most wins will advance to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. If there are not sixteen different race winners, then the point standings will be used to fill the remainder of the sixteen post-season slots.

JOEY LOGANO WINS KROGER 250 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE
Joey Logano charged past race leader Matt Crafton following an overtime restart Saturday and kept his Number-29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford in front the rest of the way, notching his first career Camping World Truck Series victory in his seventh start. Logano led a race-high 150 laps after starting from the pole, beating runner-up Crafton to the finish by forty-three one-hundredths of a second. Rookie Erik Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Reddick completed the top five. The runner-up finish by Crafton enabled him to climb into first place in the early-season standings, now two points in front of Reddick … Logano’s victory snapped Toyota’s five-race Martinsville winning streak that stretched back to October 2012. It’s also Ford’s first Truck Series win on the Virginia half-mile since Ricky Craven was victorious in October 2005 … Saturday’s race included fourteen lead changes among five drivers … There were nine cautions for sixty-one laps, nearly a quarter of the race distance.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Top 10 Finishers in the Kroger 250
DRIVER START LAPS LED
1. Joey Logano (Pole) 150
2. Matt Crafton (13) 100
3. Erik Jones (R) (4) 2
4. Johnny Sauter (9) --
5. Tyler Reddick (7) --
6. Daniel Suarez (11) --
7. James Buescher (15) --
8. John Wes Townley (5) --
9. Matt Tifft (19) --
10. Justin Boston (R) (21) --

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Unofficial Point Standings – After 3 Races
DRIVER POINTS BEHIND LEADER
1. Matt Crafton 128 ----
2. Tyler Reddick 126 -2
3. Erik Jones (R) 122 -6
4. Johnny Sauter 112 -16
5. James Buescher 100 -28
6. John Wes Townley 90 -38
7. Ray Black Jr. (R) 89 -39
8. Cameron Hayley (R) 84 -44
Spencer Gallagher (R) 84 -44
10. Ben Kennedy 83 -45

MARTINSVILLE NOTES
► Race winner Joey Logano and runner-up Matt Crafton combined to lead all but eight of the 258 laps in Saturday’s Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The three other drivers who led just briefly were rookie Erik Jones, Cole Custer and Mason Mingus … Saturday’s race was the first since February 28th for the Truck Series and just its third of the season. And there’ll be another forty days between events, with the series now idle until May 8th at Kansas Speedway.
► Denny Hamlin had to overcome a pit-road penalty in Sunday’s S-T-P 500 Sprint Cup Series race on his way to victory. A tire rolled away from Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew during a stop in the first half of the race. But Hamlin rallied to lead seventy-four of the final 185 laps. It’s his fifth Martinsville win but first since 2010 … Sunday’s race was a rough ride for Chevrolet. The manufacturer rolled into Martinsville having won three of the last four races this season but failed to put a car in the top five when the checkered flag waved. The top-running Chevy driver was Martin Truex Junior in sixth place … There was no movement at the top of the early-season point standings with the top three drivers entering the weekend – Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Truex – all holding their positions coming out of the weekend. Hamlin’s win lifted him from fourteenth to eighth in the standings.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

SAT 4/25, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 6pm, MRN

SUN 5/3, Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 499, 12:00 PM, MRN
SAT 5/9, Kansas Speedway, 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 5/16, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 5/24, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600, 5:00 PM, PRN
SUN 5/31, Dover Int'l Speedway, FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, 12:00 PM, MRN

SUN 6/7, Pocono Raceway, Pocono 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/14, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Quicken Loans 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/28, Sonoma Raceway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN

SUN 7/5, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 7/11, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 12:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400, 12:00 PM, IMS

SUN 8/2, Pocono Raceway, GoBowling.com 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/9, Watkins Glen Int'l, Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/16, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SAT 8/22, Bristol Motor Speedway, TBD, 6:30 PM, PRN

SUN 9/6, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 5:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/12, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30 PM, MRN
SUN 9/20, Chicagoland Speedway, MyAFibStory.com 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 9/27, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 1:00 PM, PRN

SUN 10/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6:30 PM, PRN
SUN 10/18, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 10/25, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1:00 PM, MRN

SUN 11/1, Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, 12:30 PM, MRN
SUN 11/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 11/15, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, 2:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/22, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2:00 PM, MRN

FRI 12/4, Wynn Las Vegas, NV, NASCAR Awards Banquet, 8:00 PM, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

FRI 4/10, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 8:30 PM, PRN

SAT 4/18, Bristol Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
FRI 4/24, Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 6:30 PM, MRN

SAT 5/2, Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 312, 2:30 PM, MRN
SUN 5/17, Iowa Speedway, Get To Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams, 1:30 PM, MRN
SAT 5/23, Charlotte Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SAT 5/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Buckle Up 200, Presented by Click It or Ticket, 2:00 PM, MRN

SAT 6/13, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250, 1:30 PM, MRN
SAT 6/20, Chicagoland Speedway, EnjoyIllinois.com 300, 8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 7/4, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 7/10, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:30 PM, PRN
SAT 7/18, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN

SAT 8/1, Iowa Speedway, U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/8, Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, 2:15 PM, MRN
SAT 8/29, Road America, Gardner Denver 200 fired up by Johnsonville, 2:15 PM, MRN

SAT 9/5, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/19, Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN

SAT 10/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/17, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 3:00 PM, MRN

SAT 11/7, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 11/14, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM, MRN
SAT 11/21, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4:00 PM, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

FRI 5/8, Kansas Speedway, SFP 250, 8:00 PM, MRN

FRI 5/15, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC Education Lottery 200, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 5/29, Dover Int'l Speedway, Lucas Oil 200, 5:00 PM, MRN


FRI 6/5, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 400, 8:30 PM, MRN
SAT 6/13, Gateway Motorsports Park, Drivin' For Linemen 200, 8:15 PM, MRN
FRI 6/19, Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, 8:00 PM, MRN

THU 7/9, Kentucky Speedway, UNOH 225, 8:00 PM (joined in progress), MRN
WED 7/22, Eldora Speedway, 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic,  8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 8/1, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 150, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Careers for Veterans 200, 12:00 PM, MRN
WED 8/19, Bristol Motor Speedway, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/30, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 9/18, Chicagoland Speedway, Lucas Oil 225, 8:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN

SAT 10/3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rhino Linings 350, 9:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/24, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 11/6, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/13, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Lucas Oil 150, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/20, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 200, 7:30 PM MRN


Indy Car Series

SUN 4/12, Streets of New Orleans, Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, 3:00 PM, IMS
SUN 4/26, Barber Motor Sports Park, 3:00 PM, IMS

SUN 5/24, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500, 11:00 AM, IMS

SAT 6/6, Texas Motor Speedway, TBA, TBA, IMS