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Villeneuve crashes out at Martinsville

Jacques Villeneuve crashed out of his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race while running in 15th place in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

The former Formula One world champion had qualified 27th in his No. 27 Toyota Tundra and was able to make some good progress in the first half of the race, moving up to the top-15.

With only 43 laps remaining he got hit from behind by Jason Leffler, crashing hard into the inside wall exiting turn 4 and finishing his race on the spot.

"It's just a shame because the truck was going really well," said Villeneuve. "The team worked hard all weekend and it was getting strong. We were gaining positions, got hit a few times and got turned around there. I'm not sure what happened."

Villeneuve had probably his most competitive outing in the Truck Series thus far, but unfortunately he has now three crashes in as many races. However, he said he particularly enjoyed racing at the half-mile Martinsville oval.

"It was a lot of fun," added Villeneuve, who was officially classified 32nd. "You can race hard and it's a little bit like a road course where you use the brakes a lot. It was very entertaining."

His teammate Mike Skinner won his fifth race of the year and has taken the point's lead from Ron Hornaday Jr.

The Canadian is expected to compete next week again in the Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the Nextel Cup will be racing also.

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