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Crafton On Trucks Pole at TMS

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, November 5 2009
Matt Crafton, left, talks with David Gilliland in the garages at Texas Motor Speedway on Thurday. Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series pole.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Matt Crafton, left, talks with David Gilliland in the garages at Texas Motor Speedway on Thurday. Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series pole. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Matt Crafton on Thursday captured the pole for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino Camping World Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Crafton, who is second in points to Ron Hornaday Jr., turned a lap at 179.354 mph during the session.

“Our truck is very very good,” Crafton said. “It is obviously the best thing I have ever driven here. 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.”

Second in qualifying was Todd Bodine while Chad McCumbee was third.

Hornaday, who arrived at Texas 202 points ahead of Crafton, was fourth in qualifying. Not that Crafton noticed.

“I’m worried about what the No. 88 Menards truck is doing,” 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 he 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.”

David Gilliland was fifth and Johnny Sauter sixth.

Kyle Busch, who was fastest in the first practice Thursday and who also won a week ago at Talladega, qualified 12th fastest.

Crafton was fastest in the second practice.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, November 5 2009
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