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Joey Logano has now won in every major NASCAR series.


This is Joey Logano's first Truck Series victory.

Lap 258:

Pole-sitter Joey Logano wins at Martinsville.

Lap 256:

Joey Logano leads as the white flag comes out.

Lap 256:

Green flag: Matt Crafton leads. This is the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

Lap 251:

Cole Custer and Brandon Jones comes down pit road.

Lap 250:

The restart will signal a green-white-checkered attempt.

Lap 248:

Caution flag: Crafton spins out Custer in Turn 4.

Lap 245:

Cole Custer takes the lead.

Lap 241:

Joey Logano and Matt Crafton make contact as Crafton tries to grab the lead. Logano blocks the No. 88 truck.

Lap 237:

Matt Crafton is putting more pressure on the bumper of Joey Logano.

Lap 233:

Erik Jones loses third-place to Cole Custer.

Lap 229:

Cody Ware is in the garage.

Lap 227:

Matt Crafton appears to be making gains on leader Joey Logano.

Lap 221:

Erik Jones and Matt Crafton battle for the runner-up position.

Lap 220:

Green flag: Logano leads the restart.

Lap 219:

Daniel Hemric is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 215:

Pit road is open. Most drivers stay out.

Lap 214:

Caution flag: Tommy Regan gets turned around in Turn 4.

Lap 208:

Erik Jones passes Matt Crafton for the runner-up spot.

Lap 205:

Joey Logano shoots past Matt Crafton for the lead.

Lap 201:

Joey Logano gives Matt Crafton a tap in the bumper, making his presence known.

Lap 198:

Joey Logano is back in the second position, while Erik Jones is third.

Lap 195:

Erik Jones is credited with leading a lap after the restart, but Matt Crafton is back in the lead.

Lap 194:

Green flag: Matt Crafton restarts first.

Lap 192:

John H. Nemechek is out of the race with a broken transmission.

Lap 187:

Pit road is open. Several drivers, including Daniel Suarez and Johnny Sauter, bring their trucks in for stops.

Lap 186:

Caution flag: Ray Black Jr. spins out. John Wes Townley is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 185:

Teammates Cameron Hayley and Johnny Sauter make contact.

Lap 180:

Matt Crafton gets loose and bumps Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 180:

Green Flag.

Lap 179:

Cole Custer has moved inside the top five.

Lap 176:

There will be no free pass.

Lap 175:

Caution flag: John H. Nemechek gets stuck in Turn 3.

Lap 169:

Green flag.

Lap 166:

After two penalties, Cole Custer is back on the lead lap and running eighth.

Lap 166:

Tyler Reddick brings his damaged truck down pit road for repairs.

Lap 163:

Caution flag: Caleb Holman spins out after contact with Timothy Peters.

Lap 162:

Green flag: Matt Crafton leads the field to green.

Lap 160:

Spencer Gallagher is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 157:

Caution flag: Mason Mingus and Jake Griffin make contact and spin out.

Lap 154:

Johnny Sauter is the only driver to have won at Martinsville more than once (2011 and 2013).

Lap 152:

Rookie Cameron Hayley is making his sixth career start today at Martinsville. He is currently running fifth.

Lap 146:

Green flag: Tyler Reddick is hit by Ben Kennedy on the restart.

Lap 145:

Cole Custer is penalized again for speeding on pit road.

Lap 145:

Race off pit road: 88 29 4 51 98 00 25 13 63 19

Lap 142:

Pit road is open and the leaders come down for yellow-flag stops.

Lap 141:

Caution flag: Brandon Jones spins out.

Lap 138:

This marks the longest green flag stretch the Truck Series has ever seen at Martinsville.

Lap 135:

Joey Logano is not happy with his truck, reporting both tightness and looseness.

Lap 128:

There are only 13 cars on the lead lap. If a caution flag were to wave now, James Buescher would be the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 123:

After starting 21st, Justin Boston is now running 13th.

Lap 120:

Erik Jones slides past Joey Logano for second place.

Lap 115:

Matt Tift continues to showcase the speed of his No. 25 Toyota.

Lap 110:

Matt Crafton puts pressure on Joey Logano for the lead. He prevails and takes the lead.

Lap 106:

Joey Logano continues to put cars a lap down. He just passed the No. 02 of Tyler Young.

Lap 104:

Matt Tift moves past Cole Custer for 10th-place.

Lap 101:

Tyler Reddick has made it way back into the top 10 (ninth).

Lap 94:

There are currently seven trucks that are one or more laps down, starting with Korbin Forrister.

Lap 89:

This marks Joey Logano's seven Truck Series start. The No. 29 driver is searching for his first win in the series.

Lap 83:

The Kroger 250 marks Gray Gaulding's first Truck Series start this season. He is currently running 11th.

Lap 79:

Leader Joey Logano is the only Ford in the top 10.

Lap 74:

After the penalty, Cole Custer is now running 14th.

Lap 70:

Green flag: Joey Logano gets a great restart off Matt Crafton.

Lap 69:

Justin Boston's crew discovered he had a cut in his tire during a yellow-flag stop.

Lap 65:

Joey Logano and Matt Crafton will lead the field to green.

Lap 59:

Johnny Sauter is up to fourth after starting ninth. He believes that he is a little too loose after pit road adjustments.

Lap 58:

David Gilliland brings his car down pit road for quick look, as he was spewing steam earlier in the race.

Lap 56:

Daniel Suarez is looking into the top five from the sixth position.

Lap 55:

Caution flag: Mason Mingus spins out.

Lap 52:

After staying out during yellow flag stops, Mason Mingus has dropped to 10th.

Lap 50:

2014 champ Matt Crafton has moved into the top three.

Lap 41:

Green Flag: Mason Mingus leads the field to green, as he stayed out while the leaders pitted. But Joey Logano quickly retakes the lead.

Lap 40:

Custer, Hemrick are penalized for being too fast on pit road. Gallagher is penalized for driving through too many pit boxes.

Lap 39:

No. 8 John Nemechek gained seven positions with the two-tire call, and No. 92 David Gilliland and No. 33 Brandon Jones lost four spots each.

Lap 38:

Race off pit road:  00 29 4 8 (2 tires) 98 88 51 92 33. Everyone took four tires, except John. H. Nemechek, who took two.

Lap 37:

Bryan Silas is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 34:

Caution flag: Tyler Reddick makes contact with Daniel Suarez, spinning out in the process.

Lap 30:

Logano's lead lessens as he is caught up in lapped traffic.

Lap 28:

Erik Jones says his No. 4 truck is feeling comfortable.

Lap 27:

Leaders Joey Logano and Cole Custer are now navigating through lapped traffic.

Lap 24:

After starting from the rear, Ben Kennedy is currently 24th.

Lap 22:

Joey Logano passes Ray Black Jr. to put five cars at least one lap down.

Lap 19:

Leader Joey Logano says he's a little bit free on exit.

Lap 14:

All but three trucks are on the lead lap: Norm Benning, Tommy Regan and Jennifer Lo Cobb.

Lap 10:

After rolling off the grid 10th, Tyler Young is currently running sixth.

Lap 5:

Erik Jones has cracked the top three after starting fourth.

Lap 2:

Logano's restart allowed Cole Custer to get to the sought-after bottom of the race track.

Lap 1:

Joey Logano gets a great restart, extending his lead over Cole Custer.

Green Flag:

Kroger 250: 250 laps, 131.5 miles

“Drivers, Start Your Engines”:

Gordon Cox, Kroger store manager

National Anthem:

Bassett High School Marching Band


Pastor Dave Cuthbertson, senior pastor of Horsepasture Christian Church

Presentation of Colors:

Bassett High School JROTC

Reigning series champion:

2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will begin today's race from the 13th position. Crafton also won the last Truck Series race from the paperclip oval in 2014.

First start:

JR Motorsports will be making its Truck Series debut today with driver Cole Custer.

On the pole:

Joey Logano, who is piloting the No. 29 Ford for Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, will lead the field to green.


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