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Last Updated Sunday, Oct 29, 2006 1:50 am, EDT

Race Capsule

Martinsville Speedway
  • What:

    Race 21 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit

  • Where:

    Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA

  • When:

    October 21, 2006 1:05 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    0.526 miles

  • Race Length:

    105.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $434,105

Drivers to Watch

Chase points: 5,904 (9th) Placed 22nd at Texas, his fourth consecutive finish outside the top 20; like Busch and Kahne, another driver who had his title hopes dashed at Atlanta, where he was wrecked by Sterling Marlin off a restart with 15 laps remaining and finished 36th; has no chance to win elusive first series title, which would have been a wonderful capper to a remarkable career; championship hopes took a disastrous hit over the last three weeks; struggled to 24th place at Martinsville and had an even worse day at Lowe's, where he finished 30th after crashing hard into the fourth-turn wall while attempting to enter the pits on lap 241; trails Johnson by 253 points; has yet to win a pole or a race this season, again raising questions about points distribution in the Nextel Cup standings; won here in 1993 and has eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in 20 career starts at this track; placed 11th here in the spring and ran 14th in this event last season.
Kyle Busch Chase points: 5,924 (8th) Finished fourth last week at Texas, his best finish since placing second in the regular-season finale at Richmond; eliminated himself from Chase contention after another disappointing performance at Atlanta, where he finished 27th in the race and remained 10th in the standings; ran sixth at Lowe's and placed 11th five weeks ago at Talladega but has not overcome a pair of finishes outside the top 35 in the first two Chase races; ran 36th from the pole in the spring race here but won this race last season, his second career victory.
Denny Hamlin Chase points: 6,077 (4th) Recorded his third straight top-10 finish with a 10th-place at Texas and continued his late surge in the Chase standings; is fourth in the standings and trails Johnson by 80 points; outstanding circuit rookie revived his title hopes at Martinsville, where he finished second behind Jimmie Johnson; was involved in a massive 14-car crash at Lowe's and slipped to sixth in the standings; also fell three spots after running 21st at Talladega; has two wins this season, both at Pocono, becoming just the second rookie in series history to win both races at a single track; finished 13th in this race last year but struggled to 34th here in the spring.