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Crafton puts Chevy truck on Texas pole

NASCAR Truck Series
Friday, November 06, 2009

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Matt Crafton won his second pole of the season and third of his career in qualifying for Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. His qualifying lap of 179.354 mph was good enough for his first pole at TMS.

"Our truck is very very good. It is obviously the best thing I have ever driven here," Crafton said. "I don't say that very often. I can honestly say that. I have had good trucks in the past but this is the best truck I have ever driven, especially on a mile and a half track. Hopefully, it will be as good tomorrow night. Hopefully the demons won't come out that we always joke about."

"We just need to keep that yellow Menards Chevy up front all day," Crafton said. "Just try to lead as many laps as we can and win the race and get the most post points we can and don’t worry about what(Hornaday) is doing. If you do, you start looking over your shoulder and start making mistakes. We just have to go out there and capitalize, like I said lead as many laps as we can."

Todd Bodine turned in the second best lap during qualifying and will join him on the front row.

"It was pretty stellar for a Toyota. You know, being under-horsepowered and with a smaller plate - having more drag than the other guys -- it's pretty good," Bodine said of his qualifying run. "I'm pretty happy with it. The truck is driving great. This starts us toward the front, a good place to be.

"Up front you're with faster trucks and you can get a better idea of what you got compared to the people you have to race with at the end. All in all, it's definitely better to start up front."

Chad McCumbee and David Gilliland round out the top five, in third and fifth, respectively.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet McGuire-Nicholas / Menards 179.354 30.108 Leader
2 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart / Purple Heart Cars.org 178.235 30.297 -0.189
3 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Valvoline Fuel Proof / Tiwi 178.212 30.301 -0.193
4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet VFW 178.183 30.306 -0.198
5 98 David Gilliland Chevrolet Menards 178.083 30.323 -0.215
6 13 Johnny Sauter* Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rio Grand / Curb Records 177.954 30.345 -0.237
7 15 Aric Almirola Toyota AKawareness.com / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 177.954 30.345 -0.237
8 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 177.737 30.382 -0.274
9 4 Ricky Carmichael* Chevrolet Monster Energy 177.566 30.413 -0.305
10 10 James Buescher* Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 177.288 30.459 -0.351
11 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker Racing 176.038 30.502 -0.394
12 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 176.985 30.511 -0.403
13 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 176.974 30.513 -0.405
14 129 Mikey Kile Chevrolet Greased Lightning 176.424 30.608 -0.500
15 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 176.396 30.613 -0.505
16 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 176.327 30.625 -0.517
17 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 176.292 30.631 -0.523
18 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 176.200 30.647 -0.539
19 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-Way Frght / TrueLTL.com 176.131 30.659 -0.551
20 231 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 175.999 30.682 -0.574
21 08 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet Tiwi / Valvoline 175.633 30.746 -0.638
22 41 Marc Mitchell Dodge Mike Berg Trucking 175.593 30.753 -0.645
23 139 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 175.325 30.800 -0.692
24 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Red Horse Racing 175.291 30.806 -0.698
25 25 Terry Cook Toyota Cajun Industries / Harris Trucking 174.441 30.956 -0.848
26 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet MyTireMonkey.com / James Carter Attorney 174.081 31.020 -0.912
27 293 Shane Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 174.025 31.030 -0.922
28 136 Tim Andrews Ford Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool 173.706 31.087 -0.979
29 81 Tayler Malsam* Toyota One Eighty 173.344 31.152 -1.044
30 121 Nick Tucker Dodge GunBroker Racing 173.171 31.183 -1.075
31 273 Ben Stancill Chevrolet County Building Centers 172.866 31.238 -1.130
32 85 Brent Raymer* Ford EMI 172.651 31.277 -1.169
33 47 Brandon Knupp+ Chevrolet FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 166.133 32.504 -2.396
34 157 Norm Benning+ Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 156.178 34.576 -4.468
35 148 Bryan Silas+ Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Polar Bear 150 - - -
36 187 Chris Jones* Chevrolet Copy Wizard 171.953 31.404 -1.296
Did Not Qualify
- 165 Lance Hooper Chevrolet Lumbermen's Millwork & Supply - - -
- 192 John Jackson Chevrolet James Carter Attorney / SponsorTheTrucks.com - - -
- 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Koma Chillaxation Drink - - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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