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2014 Martinsville: Tyler Young NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Mar 25, 2014 - 02:04 PM
2014 Martinsville: Tyler Young NASCAR Truck Race Recap

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) is a series like no other, with tough, rugged trucks going fender-to-fender on race tracks all across the United States. As the series closes the page on the first race of the season at one of the largest tracks on the 22-race schedule, they embark on the second race of the season at the shortest paved track on the 2014 schedule - Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.


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Martinsville Speedway is often referred to as a "paper clip," and is banked 12 degrees in the turns. As one of the first paved oval tracks in NASCAR, the .526-mile short track is also rich in history and is the only racetrack that has been on the NASCAR circuit from its beginnings in 1948.

The NCWTS made its debut at the Ridgeway, Va. track in September of 1995 and has made 30 starts to date. The track has seen 23 different winners including last fall's winner, 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Darrell Wallace, Jr.

2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Tyler Young hopes to make it two in a row at Martinsville Speedway in this weekend's Kroger 250. As one of only nine tracks on the 2014 schedule that the Midland, Tex. native has raced on, Young hopes to capitalize on his past track experience and "Clock-in" to victory lane on Saturday.

A penny for your thoughts: Tyler Young, Driver, No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado -

Prior to the 2014 season, you have only competed at tracks you have handpicked and Martinsville Speedway is one of those tracks. Is the .526-mile paper clip more your speed vs. Daytona's high banks?

"Short track racing is my background, what I grew up doing, so yes it's more my forte compared to Daytona. Daytona was actually my first Truck Series start on a superspeedway. Although I learned a lot, at the end of the day I'm just hammer down on the gas and go. Martinsville is more of a racer's race track and for that I can't wait to get there this weekend. You have to stay up on the wheel, be aggressive and race the race track. It's also one of the few tracks on the schedule I have experience at. Our last time there, I just took my time, tried to learn as much as we could as the race went on, and I did. This year, it's game on."

You have had four weeks off since Daytona. Does this long break in the schedule help smaller teams like Young's Motorsports?
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to the race track this weekend - four weeks off as a driver is almost torturous. However, as a member of this team and someone that oversees the day-to-day operations, the four week break is definitely something we needed between Daytona and Martinsville. When we left for Daytona, we only had our superspeedway truck ready, so we have spent the last four weeks building our short-track stuff in preparation for Martinsville. After Martinsville, we have five weeks off to work on our intermediate program and get ready for Kansas. So, although I would rather be at the race track each weekend racing, it's good for us to have this time off to prepare, so we can be competitive when we show up."

Bryan Berry, Crew Chief, No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado -

Tyler has never competed in the spring race at Martinsville Speedway. What kind of changes can he expect to see compared to the fall race?

"Actually, when we visit Martinsville in the spring it's pretty cold and the same goes for the race in the fall. Martinsville is actually one of the only tracks where conditions are pretty similar each time we visit. One of the main differences in the spring is rain, and sometimes even snow, so the track surface has a hard time accepting rubber. When that happens, you start getting excessive tire wear and you have to build your set-up around that."

Fast & Fun Facts:

Do you enjoy the legendary Martinsville Hotdog...? "Yes, love them! I think the most I've had is four in one weekend, but my dad has the record. He had nine, in one day!"

There are 20 different, unique, types of tracks on the 2014 NCWTS schedule from short tracks to superspeedways. Martinsville Speedway is the shortest paved track on the schedule and only one of nine tracks that Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Young has experience on.

The NCWTS has been competing at Martinsville Speedway twice a year, in the spring and fall, since 2003. Young, who has one start in the fall at the.526-mile track (October, 2013) will make his spring debut in the Kroger 250 on Saturday.

Calling the shots for the No. 02 Young's Motorsports team is veteran crew chief Bryan Berry. As an 11-year veteran of the NCWTS, Berry has 179 starts to his resume, including 13 starts at Martinsville Speedway.

Over the wall... Young's Motorsports has tabbed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series development pit crew for Stewart-Hass Racing as their over-the-wall crew for this weekend's Kroger 250

Martinsville Minute:
Young has one start at Martinsville Speedway (October, 2012)
Started 25th and finished 30th
Running, completed 189 of 200 laps (94.5%)

Rookie Race:
After one race, Young is ranked fourth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, a mere three points behind leader, Tyler Reddick.

Chassis History:
Young's Motorsports will unload "Old Faithful" for the 31st annual Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. Chassis 001 was the first truck Young's Motorsports owned and has made seven starts including; the teams first-ever start at Rockingham Speedway (2012), and the team's best start at Bristol Motor Speedway (2012).

Rearview Mirror-Daytona:
After qualifying was cancelled due to rain for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Tyler Young would make his track debut from the 17th position for the 100-lap event. Young would run as high as 10th before getting caught up in a lap-73 accident involving 16 trucks in Turn 2. The unfortunate event would relegate the rookie driver to a 34th-place finish in the NCWTS season-opener.

Truck Series Fast Facts:
2014 marks Young's first full-time season in the NCWTS
Young has made 12 starts in the series since 2012
First start - Rockingham (2012)
Best start - 13th, Bristol (2012)
Best finish - 19th, Texas Motor Speedway (June, 2013)
We're Guessing He Signs His Name Fast Too:
Young will join other NCWTS drivers for an autograph session on Friday, March 28 from 5-6 p.m. in front of the main ticket office, outside of Turn 4 at Martinsville Speedway.

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