Hamlin Helping Out Ballew

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Denny Hamlin will take to the track in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 24, 2009 in the running of the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Kyle Busch, who has typically piloted the Billy Ballew Motorsports entry at companion races, will be at Memphis Motorsports Park with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Busch leads the Nationwide Series Driver Points Championship.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin will step-in for Busch and pilot the Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Camping World truck at Martinsville, Va. track for the first time since the spring 2008 event. In his last appearance for Ballew in 2008, Hamlin led 64 laps but was caught-up in an on track incident causing rear end damage relegating him to a 21st-place finish.

Hamlin, a Chesterfield, Va. native, has three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the .546-mile paper-clip shaped track, posting a best finish of eighth-place in 2006. Hamlin has eight prior NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including one win, and one NASCAR Nationwide Series start.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the 51 truck for Billy Ballew this weekend," Hamlin said. "Martinsville has always been one of my favorite tracks and to get to run in the NCWTS in front of my hometown fans is really exciting."

Billy Ballew Motorsports has made 23 starts at Martinsville Speedway posting three top-five and five top-10 finishes. The finishes are not indicative to the racing, as the team has led 276-laps. Busch in the spring 2009 event led 139 of the 200 lap race. But a late race penalty from NASCAR put the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Tundra to the tail end of the longest line ending the chance of victory.

"We're excited to have Denny (Hamlin) back in the truck with us at Martinsville," Team owner, Billy Ballew said. "He had a great run with him last year in the spring race. I have to thank him for taking the time out of his focus on running for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship and helping us out in Martinsville. He is a great driver here on these Virginia racetracks where he grew up driving and I am sure he'll put on a great show for all the fans."

The Kroger 200 (200 lap, 105.2 mile) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is slated for Oct. 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. (ET). Live televised coverage of the Kroger 200 event begins on SPEED at 12:30 p.m. (ET) with MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio coverage starting at 12:45 p.m. (ET).

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