Denny Hamlin showed just why he is a master of Martinsville Speedway Saturday.
Making a rare appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Hamlin started from the rear after missing the drivers' meeting because of a conflict with Sprint Cup practice, then immediately began to work his way through traffic. He bumped and banged his way to the front, finally taking the lead with six to go.
With little room to maneuver, Hamlin made contact with Matt Crafton in the battle for the win before Hamlin, driving for Cup teammate Kyle Busch, surged from the field and to the victory in the Kroger 200.
In many ways, it was a typical short-track race. Drivers banging door to door, the caution flag flying often and tempers flaring. After the race, some drivers were still banging on one another as Crafton leaned on Hamlin's truck and Brian Scott spun Nelson Piquet Jr. after the checkered flag flew.
The worst hit of the day, though, came not on the track but in the points standings. Ty Di...