Miguel Paludo heads from the largest track on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule to the smallest for the second visit of the season to Martinsville Speedway. Paludo has three previous starts at the 0.526-mile paperclip, compiling an average finish of 15th and a best finish of 12th (spring 2011). Paludo has impressively completed 100-percent of the laps in his three previous visits to the aggressive short track, and has led five laps in pursuit of the grandfather clock trophy.
Hometown Boy…Martinsville Speedway is close to the heart of No. 32 crew chief Jeff Hensley, who was born and raised in the same town as the 65-year-old oval. Hensley has three wins as a crew chief at his hometown track, one in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (fall of 1993) and two in the NCWTS (spring and fall of 2007).
This Week’s Silverado…Paludo and the No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components team will unload chassis TMS-207 for this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway. TMS-207 made its debut at the spring race in Martinsville, earning a 17th-place finish after Paludo sustained damage in a late-race restart. The chassis’ best finish of 10th was earned at Iowa Speedway in September.
Previous Race Recap…Paludo appeared to be on his way to a stellar finish at NASCAR’s longest and wildest track, Talladega Superspeedway, before a wreck in the final lap ended his chances of earning his first career NCWTS win. Paludo’s patience and skill kept the No. 32 Duroline Chevy in contention for the duration of the event until he fell victim to “the big one” with the finish line in sight, relegating him to a disappointing 19th-place finish.
Watch and Listen…The Kroger 200 can be seen live on Saturday, October 27th on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Miguel Paludo on driving at Martinsville Speedway: “Martinsville is definitely a tough track that requires a lot of patience, but it’s one I enjoy racing at. I feel good going into this weekend; we’re bringing back the truck we brought here in March, which was brand new at the time. Now we know what it’s capable of after racing it a few times, and we were able to get a top-10 with it in Iowa. Martinsville is a place that means a lot to [crew chief] Jeff Hensley, and my guys have put in a lot of work getting prepared for this weekend. During our time off, we did a test at [0.416-mile track] Motor Mile Speedway and we felt good with the results we walked away with. We’re in the final stretch of races now, so our number one goal is getting a win before the season is out and doing everything we can to earn the best possible position in the final point standings.”