Great choices to go to races this weekend

This weekend offers plenty of great choices for local race fans if they're still hungry for some great racing action.
   A four-hour trip and you can be in Martinsville to watch the Winston Cup Series on Sunday or Darrell Waltrip's return to NASCAR in the Craftsman Truck Series on Saturday.
   If you're a true race fan, you can never go wrong visiting the historic .526-mile short track in south central Virginia.
   Drive five hours and you can visit the year-old Nashville Superspeedway. Located south of Lebanon it's a 1.333-mile ultra fast concrete raceway.
   There the NASCAR Busch Series will be in action with a hot points battle going on between Jack Sprague, Jason Keller and Kenny Wallace.
   If a long drive, doesn't interest you at all, stay close to home watch some good short track racing at Kingsport Speedway on Friday night or take in a night of dirt track racing at Bulls Gap on Saturday.
   Anyway, you go this weekend, it should be a good time.
   Despite a background that started racing on bullrings like the one he will see Sunday, Ken Schrader doesn't mark Martinsville Speedway as the best place to compete at.
   "Martinsville isn't my favorite race track on the circuit," said the driver of the No. 36 Pontiac. "But we seem to have a pretty good track record there and like any short track race, it's usually a pretty good show for the fans. Martinsville is really rough on the car - and I'm not just talking about the sheet metal.
   "It's harsh on tires, on brakes, on everything. It's really important to qualify up front at Martinsville, which I've had good luck with in the past. Hopefully, that luck will hold out, and the "M&M's" car will have a strong run."
   Schrader's record at the Virginia short track shows only one top five in 34 starts, a fourth place in the 1988 Goody's 500. However, he has finished in the top ten half of the races on 17 different occasions.
   Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 10 Nesquik Ford, is looking forward to his first Busch Series start at Nashville Superspeedway.
   Riggs took home a Les Paul Edition Gibson Guitar, when he attained his fourth win of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season last August at the same Nashville track.
   "Returning to a track where I won in the Craftsman Truck Series will definitely be a good confidence booster, " said Riggs. "Heading back to Nashville with the Nesquik Racing Team behind me, well, let's just say Ihope Nashville will be as good to me this time."
   The Nesquik Racing Team is taking the same car to Nashville
   Superspeedway that Riggs won the pole at Bristol with three weeks ago. This is the same car that Jeff Green dominated the fall
   Rockingham race with in 2001, leading 118 of the 197 laps. In addition to Bristol and Rockingham, this car competed last year at Nashville where Green set on the outside pole, led 51 laps, and ended up finishing 8th.