Bayne Might Make All-Star Race

Trevor Bayne, the young Wood Brothers driver and Daytona 500 winner, might make it into this year’s All-Star race at Charlotte.

“We’re working on something for the race, which is more than what we’ve talked about before,” Len Wood said. “I think we’ve got somebody as a sponsor. I think we’ve got something that popped up in the last 36 hours.”

The team still plans to run 18 events in 2011. It has run in the first five events and will run the next three races — Martinsville, Texas and Talladega. It does not plan to run Richmond and now that it is adding the all-star race, the Wood Brothers might take Darlington off after having that event on the original schedule.

Mark Martin joined an exclusive club this past Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the eighth driver to start 800 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

During a career that has spanned parts of four decades, Martin has tallied 40 victories, 264 top-fives and 429 top-10s. His 40 wins rank 16th all-time.

“I hate to say this isn’t a big deal, because it is. But, to me, the bigger deal is what you accomplished in those starts, not just the starts themselves,” Martin said.

The others who have eclipsed the 800-start barrier: Richard Petty (1,185), Ricky Rudd (906), Dave Marcis (883), Terry Labonte (870), Kyle Petty (829), Bill Elliott (825) and Darrell Waltrip (809).

Martin finished second in the final championship point standings five times, most recently in 2009 — his first season with current team Hendrick Motorsports.

Weekend Racing Schedule

It’s on to Texas Motor Speedway for the Cup and Nationwide teams. The trucks do not race again until April 22.

Friday, April 8

Nationwide Series O’Reilly 300, race 6 of 34, Starting time: 8:30 p.m.; TV: ESPN2.

Saturday, April 9

Sprint Cup Samsung 500, race 7 of 36, Starting time: 7:30 p.m.; TV: Fox.

Racing Trivia Question: How many NASCAR Cup championships has Darrell Waltrip won?

Last Week’s Question: Where is Kevin Harvick’s hometown?

Answer: It is Bakersfield, Calif.

Correction: A couple weeks ago we stated that Joe Gibbs had once coached the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. That was wrong. Coach Gibbs owned stock in the Falcons and had to sell it before coaching the Washington Redskins for a second time.


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