Bubba Wallace pays homage to NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott with encore win at Martinsville

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Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. wanted to honor NASCAR Hall of Famer-elect Wendell Scott in every way he could in Saturday’s Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway.

It began with Wallace driving a race truck that carried the powder blue and white paint scheme, as well as the number 34 that Scott also used much of his career.

And to cap off the perfect weekend, Wallace grabbed the lead with 13 laps remaining and held on the rest of the way for the win.

“Got us another one, yeah baby,” Wallace said on his team radio after taking the checkered flag and referring to the grandfather clock he won for his efforts. “Tick Tock.”

It was Wallace’s second triumph at Martinsville – he earned his first career win there in this race last year – as well as his third win this season and fourth overall in his career.

“I wasn’t worrying about anybody, honestly,” Wallace told Fox Sports1. “I said, I don’t care, it’s our weekend, we’re going to come out and take this clock home with us.

“It was so fun. Martinsville is one of my favorite places to go to. It’s a special moment, a perfect weekend for us. It’s a true honor to have Wendell Scott on our Toyota Tundra and to be able to put it into victory lane.

“I know (Wendell) just said ‘Hell, yeah’ up there (in heaven), so this is as cool as hell.”

When asked what the repeat win at the half-mile bull ring means, crew chief Jerry Baxter put it into perfect context.

“I guess it means we’re for real,” Baxter said. “That’s the third win this year, that’s fantastic.

“It was a big weekend with the 34, Hall of Fame, Wendell Scott deal and another grandfather clock. … I’m just so proud of this team and so proud of Bubba. It’s a good deal.”

Timothy Peters finished second, followed by Matt Crafton, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Johnny Sauter, Matt Tifft, Alex Guennette and German Quiroga.

Finishing 11th through 20th were Caleb Holman, Jeb Burton, John Hunter Nemechek, Gray Gaulding, Mason Mingus, Ben Kennedy, Peyton Sellers, Brennan Newberry, Tyler Young and Enrique Contreras III.

After the race on pit road, there was a slight scuffle between Peters and Johnny Sauter, who got together in the closing laps. But both drivers were separated and tempers cooled quickly.

“It’s just Martinsville, you know what I mean,” Peters said.

Matt Crafton retained his lead in the NCWTS points, but it tightened slightly, with Ryan Blaney in second, 18 points back, and Wallace just 22 points back, in third.

“I know we had a truck capable of winning the race … but we just lost track position,” Crafton said. “If it’s meant to be (a championship), it’ll be. If not, we’ll try to go on and get it next year.”

There was one major incident in the race. With 50 laps remaining in the scheduled 200-lap event, Tyler Reddick got into the rear of John Wes Townley, sending the latter first into the inside retaining wall, and then crossed back to slam head-on into the outside retaining wall.

Townley collected Brandon Jones in the process, with the trucks of both drivers suffering heavy damage that ended their respective day.

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Eli Tomac wins Houston Supercross: Hunter Lawrence takes early 250 East lead


With his 47th career victory and third of the 2023 season in Houston, Eli Tomac closed to within one win of tying Ricky Carmichael for third on the all-time Monster Energy Supercross list.

Tomac rebounded from last week’s crash by earning the holeshot in both his heat and the Main. At the start of the big show, he couldn’t shake Aaron Plessinger in the first four minutes and actually was in the process of losing the lead as a red flag waved for a crash involving Tomac’s teammate Dylan Ferrandis when he overjumped an obstacle and landed on Ken Roczen’s back fender as they raced for eighth.

“That was a tough race,” Tomac told NBC Sports’ Will Christien, referencing his loss to Chase Sexton in the heat. “And honestly, I was just beat down after that heat race and was searching quite a bit and was basically losing speed everywhere. I just rode better, straight up in the Main. I felt better.”

In their heat, Sexton passed Tomac at the two-minute mark and then simply rode away from the field. At the end, he had an almost eight-second gap on Tomac.

“It wasn’t great by any means,” Sexton told Jason Thomas. “I feel like the strengths I had all day, I really lagged in the Main event between the whoop and the sand section. I think I could have walked through it faster. It was still a good ride; it wasn’t great. I expected after the heat race he would be fired up.”

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Jason Anderson scored his second consecutive pole, but he was not happy to finish third behind the two points’ leaders.

“We should be thankful every time we get to be up here,” Anderson said. “They’re making it tough on me, but all I can do is give my best.”

Tomac had to withstand a red flag and the distant second place finish in his heat to win the Houston Supercross race. In the post-race conference, he indicated that he did not make any changes to the bike and simply rode better.

Aaron Plessinger and Cooper Webb rounded out the top five.

Ferrandis was fitted with a neck brace, but still able to walk to the medical cart. He was still being evaluated by the medical staff as the night came to a close.

In 250s Hunter Lawrence entered the 250 East opener as the consensus favorite to win the championship this year with Christian Craig making the move into 450s and his brother Jett Lawrence in the West division. He answered quickly with a huge lead in Heat 1, but it almost went awry in the Main.

Lawrence got a good start, but he was passed early in the race by two-time MXGP champion (2020, 2022) Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut this week. Vialle passed Lawrence on the first lap. When Lawrence tried to pass him back, Vialle scrubbed speed off a jump and pushed Lawrence wide, over the Tuff Blox.

Championships are made out of Lawrence’s response. He kept his composure and did not overcorrect before methodically working his way to the front.

“We had a little off track excursion. I wasn’t sure how hard across Tom was coming so I thought I’ll just go left, but then saw that was the side of the track. Thankfully I didn’t hit the Tuff Blox and got back on track safely. … Good start; put myself in position.”

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Making a move from the 450 class to 250s, Max Anstie had immediate success. He finished second in his heat behind Jordon Smith and lined up with a great gate pick. He had to overtake Vialle in the opening laps and lost ground on Lawrence, that cost enough time to keep him from pressing Lawrence. This is Anstie’s first podium in the United States

“Honestly, I’ve dreamed of this for a long time to come up on these steps and man it’s a great feeling. I’ve really enjoyed the day and being on this 250, I feel like an 18-year-old kid. Everyday I’m learning.”

Smith backed up his heat win with a podium finish.

“It feels good to be back up here again,” Smith said. “It’s been a long time; a lot of injuries.”

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his debut in the 250 class was not unfounded. He finished fourth in his heat to advance to directly into the Main. During the early laps, he was circling the track in a podium position until a minor mistake sent him off the box. In the closing laps, he narrowly made an aggressive pass on Jeremy Martin and narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish.

Martin held on to round out the top five.

Vialle was running in a podium position when went down with a 1:30 left on the clock. He ended his night seventh.

Chance Hymas was also making his 250 debut and scored a top-10 in eighth.

2023 Race Recaps

Anaheim 2: Triple Crown produces new winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins opener for the first time

Houston coverage

Houston by the numbers
Supercross unveils 16th edition of a Ricky Carmichael designed Daytona track
Power Rankings after week 3
Malcom Stewart out for “extended duration” after knee surgery
Haiden Deegan makes Supercross debut in Houston, Justin Cooper to 450s
Talon Hawkins set to relieve injured Jalek Swoll in Houston
Jalek Swoll out for an indefinite period with broken arm
Ken Roczen urgently needed a change
Chris Blose joins Pro Circuit Kawasaki in 250 East opener
Seth Hammaker to miss Houston with wrist injury
Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list