On Saturday the Truck series race (or as P1 so bluntly labeled it: “NAPTRUCK”) from Martinsville featured not one but TWO Indy 500 champions. “Jack” Villeneuve – who if he’s changing his first name to “Jack” may as well alter his surname to the translated “Newtown”, or better yet “Newton” – spent much of the race mid-pack before wrecking out at lap 157. This isn't completely unexpected since the half-mile track is shaped like a paperclip (drag strip, left turn, another drag strip, another left turn) there is very little need for a green flag as the 35 trucks spend the entire race bouncing off each other.
Also there with Jack in his shiny red Target truck was Dario Franchitti, who suffered some damage in a wreck and then continued on before being black flagged to please exit the racing surface. Yes friends, Dario + Truck = Milka results. Put Dario and Jack together with Uncle Sam’s qualification struggles and you have weekend that erstwhile open-wheel champs would all rather forget.
Dario will be making his Busch series debut in Memphis this weekend, however there is still no word yet on a Monster Truck date for Mr Judd. Also, if anyone has more info on this notebook entry from Inside Racing News, please share.
A Bike accident resulting in rods being placed in his stomach made the new experience of getting in and out of a race car window a challenge at first for Franchitti.What a coincidence - I felt sick to my stomach watching him.