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Crafton On Trucks Pole At TMS

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, November 4 2010

Matt Crafton signed autographs and won the Camping World Truck Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Matt Crafton won the pole for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday night.

Crafton’s fast lap in the No. 88 Menards/McGuire-Nicholas Chevrolet was 29.964 seconds, averaging 180.216 miles per hour. He was the only driver to break the 180 mph barrier during qualifying.

Elliott Sadler qualified second fastest and Kyle Busch was third.

Defending series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. was fourth and points leader Todd Bodine was fifth.

It’s the fourth career pole for Crafton, and his first since winning the pole for this race last year.

“It had been a year since we won a pole, but I knew coming here we’d have a great chance to make it happen,” Crafton said. “Whether it’s the 88 truck or the 13 truck (of teammate Johnny Sauter), ThorSport Racing has had an awesome intermediate program the over the last few years. Our guys know what it takes to get us around these tracks. We lost what had been our best intermediate truck in a crash here in the spring, but the guys have this truck running every bit as good as the other one.

“And Texas is definitely a horsepower track and we had a ton of it under the hood tonight. I’d like to thank Mark Smith and everyone at PME for all their hard work to help make this happen.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, November 4 2010
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