Weekend Stat Sheet from Martinsville, Pensacola and Beyond

Notes from the weekend of short track racing.


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- Hendrick Motorsports became the first NASCAR team to lead 10,000 laps at one track. Hendrick Motorsports drivers led 397 of the 403 laps. Martinsville Speedway (VA) has always been a great track for HMS as they scored the win with William Byron. The win was the 27th for HMS at Martinsville, as Byron is the eighth driver to win at Martinsville for Hendrick.

READ MORE: William Byron Takes Iconic 24 Back to Martinsville Victory Lane

- The solid statistics of A.J. Allmendinger continue this season after a third-place run pushed his average finish down to a 4.5. Martinsville has become a better track for Allmendinger, who had second-place runs in the NASCAR Cup Series there in 2012 and 2016. This third-place run comes after a seventh last fall. Allmendinger has been in the top 10 ever race this season.

- William Byron used the Thursday night NASCAR Truck race as a setup for the big weekend, leading 94 laps en route to victory lane. The more impressive stat was that Byron went from 32nd to win the race which shows how good the truck was and how locked in he was.

READ MORE: William Byron Wins in Return to Trucks at Martinsville

- A lot of focus was the winner and runner-up on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Third-place finisher John Bolen returned to the top five at Five Flags for the first time since the 2009 Snowball Derby, when John Bolen finished fifth. Bolen had to scale back his Super Late Model operation after that season and stuck to Pro Late Models mostly. Bolen was a DNQ at the Snowball Derby last December and he came back for a podium in the spring.

READ MORE: Veteran Bolen Hopes to Add SRX Shot to 'Last Hurrah'

- Derek Thorn rebounded from a wild Friday night to score a win from 18th at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Saturday. Thorn’s win from 18th is not really a stretch for winners, as Bubba Pollard came from 17th last year.

READ MORE: Derek Thorn, Bubba Pollard Claim Big Prizes at Pensacola

- Eddie Van Meter picked up his second-career win in ARCA/CRA Super Series action at Anderson Speedway (IN). It’s the third overall CRA win for Van Meter who also has a JEGS Series win at Anderson.

- Josh Berry just couldn’t stay away for long, as the NASCAR Xfinity regular returned to the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC). Berry came in with 21 wins and picked up his 22nd win on Saturday night. It’s the second-career CARS Tour win for Berry at Greenville.

READ MORE: Josh Berry Claims CARS Tour Victory at Greenville

- Charlie Watson became the fourth different winner in five races this season at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) in the Late Model Stock division. Watson’s win was his 13th of his career at Hickory as he has the most for a driver who has not won the championship.

- Zack Mitchell made up for his lackluster first two starts in the Ultimate Super Late Model dirt series by sweeping the weekend at Carolina Speedway (NC) and Lake View Motor Speedway (SC). Mitchell won three races in a row in 2020 and will now look to equal that feat at the next race.

- The name Christopher goes back to victory lane at the Ice Breaker after Mike Christopher Jr. scored the big Modified Open win. Mike’s uncle was the late Ted Christopher who won four touring races at the Ice Breaker.

READ MORE: Mike Jr. Brings the Christopher Name Back to Icebreaker Glory