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NASCAR NOTES: Young Guns shake off rust in Martinsville

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Glenn Campbell - "The Lugnut Cowboy" Glenn Campbell - "The Lugnut Cowboy"

It's been six weeks since the Camping World Truck Series' drivers have strapped in for competition. For the veterans, the time off is appreciated, but for the growing group of "Young Guns" it is has been painful.

As the Series heads to Martinsville this weekend, several of the young drivers couldn't wait any longer and showed up a day early to get back at it.

Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Erik Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., and Joey Coulter have 50 combined starts on the NCWTS, with Coulter counting for 48 of those. Still the trio is anxious to get back into action this weekend.

"I definitely use the newest NASCAR video game," said Darrell Wallace Jr. on how he has tried to stay sharp during the break. "There are a lot of good drivers out there playing so it's good practice. The best thing about the game is that you can hit restart if you need to."

Wallace, who is 19 year old, is driving his first full truck season finished 12th at Daytona and looks to improve this weekend in Martinsville.

Jones is the youngest of the bunch at age 16, and earned a shot at the Martinsville start after he battle team owner Kyle Busch in the final laps of this year's Snowball Derby to capture one of the most prestigious titles in short track racing. However, he sees Martinsville as his toughest test so far as a driver.

"It's a little bit nerve-wracking because there is so many other things that come into play," said Jones. "You've got 35 other trucks out there that can wreck you at any time. They play a big part in your fate at Martinsville."

Coulter is the veteran of the group at the ripe old age of 23. He made 48 starts for Richard Childress Racing last season but, looks forward to improving his performance at KBM with his new teammates.

"It is really important to have a good team and all be working toward the same goal," said Coulter on the direction of his new team. "Going racing with these guys, you can really make both teams excel. That's what we want for ourselves and for each other."

Regardless of what happens this weekend, this trio of "Young Guns" are looking forward to getting back into action and possibly taking one of those famous Grand Father Clock trophies home.

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