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Crawford wins Truck pole in Texas

NASCAR Truck Series
Friday, October 31, 2008

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Rick Crawford, making his 22nd start at Texas, earned his first pole at the 1 1/2 -mile Texas Motor Speedway track with a qualifying lap of 178.826 mph. It is only his fifth pole in 295 career races.

Cale Gale qualified second at 178.778 mph. Series points leader Johnny Benson qualified 20th, 13 spots behind Ron Hornaday Jr., who trails him by only 31 points.

Kyle Busch qualified third Thursday for the NASCAR race at Texas in a truck that was salvaged two nights earlier from a hauler fire that destroyed the team's primary truck and a lot of equipment.

"I'll put a car freshener in it, hang it from the mirror.”

"With the black soot, you couldn't read the number on the side of it this morning," Busch said after his lap of 178.183 mph.

The hauler for Billy Ballew Motorsports was destroyed by fire late Tuesday night near Shreveport, La., when it was en route to Texas for Friday night's Chevy Silverado 350K. Busch said the backup truck and a scarred pit box were the only things that were salvaged.

"Everything else is gone. It's unfortunate for Billy," Busch said. "I'm sure the $1 million in insurance won't cover all that was lost."

Busch, the runner-up to Hornaday at Texas in June, said the salvaged truck was full of water after firefighters put out the fire. The crew worked overnight Wednesday pumping the engine and making sure everything ran OK.

"It seems like everything is just normal with it," Busch said. "I'll put a car freshener in it, hang it from the mirror."

Italian Max Papis, will be starting the Chevy Silverado 350K from the 3rd row. “Mad Max” has earned an impressive 5th starting position with best lap time of 30.341 and speed of 177.98 MPH.

This will be Max’ first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race, and also his debut with Germain Racing, driving the # 07 GEICO Toyota Tundra. Max has recently announced his association with GEICO and Germain Racing, to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the next four years.

“It’s a great beginning for my first ever qualifying for Germain Racing. It will give us a big boost for today, attempting to qualify for the Sprint Cup Race and hopefully giving the team a good result in the Craftsman Truck Series Race,” Papis said.

Lineup
       

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 178.826 30.197 Leader
2 2 Cale Gale Chevrolet American Commercial Lines 178.778 30.205 -0.008
3 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 178.183 30.306 -0.109
4 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Zaxby's 178.071 30.325 -0.128
5 07 Max Papis Toyota GEICO / Construct Corps 177.977 30.341 -0.144
6 21 Jon Wood Ford U.S. Air Force 177.789 30.373 -0.176
7 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet VFW 177.661 30.395 -0.198
8 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Home4TheHolidays.org 177.643 30.398 -0.201
9 6 Colin Braun* Ford Con-way Freight 177.328 30.452 -0.255
10 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 177.165 30.480 -0.283
11 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Carter County Dodge 177.043 30.501 -0.304
12 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 176.962 30.515 -0.318
13 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet FarmPaint.com 176.875 30.530 -0.333
14 15 Ryan Lawler Toyota Ergon Hyprene 176.777 30.547 -0.350
15 81 Donny Lia* Chevrolet Randy Moss Motorsports / NationRides.com 176.765 30.549 -0.352
16 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 176.748 30.552 -0.355
17 5 Mike Skinner Toyota XM Satellite Radio / Toyota Tundra 176.678 30.564 -0.367
18 22 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 176.424 30.608 -0.411
19 60 Jack Sprague Toyota wyler.com 175.901 30.699 -0.502
20 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles 175.884 30.702 -0.505
21 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 175.873 30.704 -0.507
22 9 Paul Tracy Toyota Bombardier Learjet / Sport Clips 175.724 30.730 -0.533
23 63 Jack Smith Ford Dave Porter Truck Sales 175.570 30.757 -0.560
24 11 David Starr Toyota Zachry 175.501 30.769 -0.572
25 16 Brian Scott* Toyota Albertson's 175.313 30.802 -0.605
26 59 Terry Cook Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 174.933 30.869 -0.672
27 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet McGuire-Nicho-las / Menards 174.210 30.997 -0.800
28 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 172.900 31.232 -1.035
29 40 Jeff Green Chevrolet Key Motorsports 172.894 31.233 -1.036
30 0 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 171.969 31.401 -1.204
31 136 J C Stout Ford Mittler Bros. Machine 166.394 32.453 -2.256
32 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Benning Racing 147.255 36.671 -6.474
33 189 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Lafferty Performance - - -
34 41 Ryan Mathews Dodge CHS Motorsports - - -

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