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NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Logano earns first Martinsville pole
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By CHRIS PRIDE - Bulletin Sports Writer

Joey Logano had an “I told you so moment” Friday with crew chief Todd Gordon.

With weather threatening Friday’s Virginia Lottery Pole Day at Martinsville Speedway, Gordon joked with Logano about the non concern of possibly having qualifying washed out. Logano, second in points, would’ve started second by default but like any driver, he wanted a shot at earning the pole.

The No. 22 car got its wish as rain stopped by Friday evening, allowing it to snag its first career Martinsville pole.

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Chase Elliott chasing famous fore-bearers
Son of 'Awesome Bill' to debut at Martinsville ahead of 2016 ride in Jeff Gordon's No. 24
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By HARRISON HAMLET - Bulletin Sports Writer

Chase Elliott may be the son of ‘Awesome Bill from Dawsonville,’ but the youngster is making his Cup debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in the STP 500 without a nickname.

“No nickname for me. Just Chase,” he said at an event hosted by Nelson Automotive and NAPA Auto Parts on Friday night.

Fans seem to be just fine with the younger Elliott’s lack of a nickname as blue and gold NAPA shirts and hats already dotted the parking lots and camping areas on Friday afternoon.

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Nemechek following father's footsteps in NASCAR

By HARRISON HAMLET - Bulletin Sports Writer

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When NASCAR came to Martinsville in the spring of 1997, the news world was reacting to the bizarre theft of a Picasso painting and a young Jeff Gordon took home a grandfather clock. John Hunter Nemechek, who will fire up the No. 8 Nemco Motorsports Camping World Truck in the Kroger 250 on Saturday, had not yet been born.

In NASCAR, families take up the racing profession like few other endeavors, and at a young age. The Nemechek family is no exception and after “Front Row” Joe Nemechek made his mark on NASCAR, son John Hunter Nemechek took on the family trade.

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Gray Gaulding a year older, wiser

By CHRIS PRIDE - Bulletin Sports Writer

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Another year older and another year wiser. That’s what 17-year-old Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series driver Gray Gaulding said he hopes will lead to his continued development in the racing world.

Gaulding made his truck series debut at this time last year at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 19th after starting 11th. He returned in the fall to finish 14th after qualifying sixth. In his nine races in the NCWTS last season, Gaulding’s average finish was 17th.

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Young Reddick at the top of truck series
By CARA COOPER - Bulletin Sports Writer

Tyler Reddick will drive his truck into the Martinsville Kroger 250 Saturday as the points leader in the Camping World Truck Series. The 19-year-old already has one win this season at Daytona International Speedway, and is coming off of a 5th place finish in Atlanta.

Despite having a longer than normal break just two weeks into the season, Reddick said he’s been ready to get back to racing ever since the last race ended.

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PHCC GOLF: Patriots carry momentum into weekend
By HARRISON HAMLET - Bulletin Sports Writer

Friday, head coach Robert Weinerth and his Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) golfers teed it up the 44th Annual Marine Federal Credit Union Invitational at Camp LeJune, featuring 31 teams, which will give them a good feel for where they stand not only in Region X, but nationally.

After starting the year with a team win and Tyler Shough claiming individual T-first in both individual events, Weinerth said his Patriots are in a good place at the moment.

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