Darlington: GM teams qualifying quotes

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 17th): "I brushed the wall in between one and two on my first lap because I was really going for it and wanted to get a top-five qualifying spot. Our Chevrolet Silverado is pretty good. It...

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 17th):

"I brushed the wall in between one and two on my first lap because I was really going for it and wanted to get a top-five qualifying spot. Our Chevrolet Silverado is pretty good. It felt a lot better than we did in practice this morning so I am pretty confident about how well we will race tomorrow night. I didn't want to have to work my way through as much traffic as are going to have to but I know Danny (Gill) and the guys will give me a good truck I can race tomorrow night. We have happy hour tonight which is going to be critical to see how the track changes will affect our trucks after the race starts."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 22ND):

"We picked up a bunch from practice and the Chevy Trucks Silverado felt really good in qualifying but we just didn't go as fast I thought we could. Carl (Edwards), Shane (Hmiel), and Bobby, Jr. (Hamilton) really laid down some laps when they qualified. The six/tenths we are off from the pole is more than I thought we would be but I know the Chevy Trucks crew will give me a truck that I can race hard and get to the front. We did spend a lot of time in practice this morning working in race trim and we have happy hour tonight to fine-tune it even more. I think we will be ok come race time tomorrow night."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 8th):

"Our Spears Silverado is pretty good. We ran well in practice this morning and were able to put down a pretty decent qualifying run. Track position is critical here because this a fast racetrack but it is narrow and hard to pass so starting closer to the front is critical. We will do some more fine tuning tonight in happy hour and see if we can't get a little better grip to help our exit speed off two and four during the race. I am happy with where we are starting and think we have a good shot of taking this Spears Silverado back to victory lane."

JASON LEFFLER, NO. 47 CHEVY ACXIOM CELEBRITY ALL STAR SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 6th):

"The guys on this Acxiom Silverado team gave me a great truck. I went out there and gave it all I had in qualifying and we ended up with a pretty decent starting spot. I am very comfortable in the truck and considering we spent most of practice working on race setup and trying things for tomorrow night's race, this is a really great qualifying run. During happy hour we will work more on our race setup. Since we have never raced here at night in any NASCAR division before, having happy hour close to the same time we will be starting the race is going to be critical for the setup because no one really knows what the track is going to do after dark under the lights. I am really proud of this No. 47 Chevy Silverado team, we have never worked together before and they really gave me a great truck to drive here at Darlington this weekend. It feels good to be back in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I always had a good time racing here."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 10th):

"Qualifying was pretty good. It started sprinkling a little bit before I was supposed to go out and NASCAR held qualifying for a brief period before turning me loose. It kind of messed with my head a little bit on my first lap and I didn't run what we thought we should have. I picked up pretty good on my second lap and am happy to be starting 10th. I think we had a little more in it, but the rain messed me up mentally because I went out there after it had been sprinkling so I wasn't sure how the track was going to react."

SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 TRIMSPA SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 2nd):

"On the back stretch I lost my mind and thought I could run way too far into turn three. I slid down and pushed up and I was trying to save it. At that time I was second on the board and thought if I didn't do that again then I might just beat Carl (Edwards) and take the pole. So what do I do I go around and did the same thing. I still am waiting for Carl to decide what side he's picking and then I'll know if I'm mad at him or not. I'm just kidding its good to be second and the fastest Chevrolet in the Billy Ballew Team TRIMSPA Silverado. A new fourth grade friend of mine from Texas sent me a Flat Stanley to go on an adventure with me and he has so far brought me luck and he'll be riding in the truck tomorrow. Maybe even in the TRIMSPA Busch car on Saturday. It just shows you how far that NASCAR has evolved having lights at this racetrack with so much history. I always feel honored to run here because of all that history. The lights out there are fabulous. They must be Musco lights like they have at the other tracks. I actually won a NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race here where I took the lead with 8 laps to go and I won by 8 seconds. I'd like to bring another victory home this time in the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevrolet."

KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 35th):

"I thought we were all set to have a our best qualifying run. The truck felt perfect, and I had a strong line through one and two. I knew the truck was a lot faster than in practice and felt this was going to be an awesome run. The truck was great on the entry to three and through the middle, but just past center, snapped around with no warning. The crew is working hard to replace the driver's side quarter panel before happy hour, and we'll get out there and pick up where we left off before the spin. The track temperature ought to be close to what we'll see during the race, so this practice will help me get a good feel for how the truck will handle tomorrow night. I got my stripe, and now it's time to get out there and race."

TRACY HINES, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 30TH):

"That's as free as I'd ever want to be here. A lot of guys picked up on their second lap, but we didn't. I about wrecked off four on the first lap and off two on the second one. We kept it off the fence and put it in the show. We'll keep working on it to be better in the race tomorrow."

JASON SMALL, NO. 13 MICROTEL INNS AND SUITES SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 32ND):

"We broke a sway bar mount on our sticker run in practice, so qualifying was really our first time out on stickers. We picked up enough to make the show on time. I think we know what we need to do now for the race. This is a tough place. We just want to stay out of trouble and run all night."

Other Chevrolet Silverado Qualifiers:

Jay Sauter, No. 06 Mrd Motorsports Silverado - Qualified 20th

Andy Houston, No. 07 Green Light Racing Silverado - Qualified 25th

Ken Schrader, No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Silverado - Qualified 28th

Sean Murphy, No. 08 PSC4ALL.Com Silverado - Qualified 34th

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ken Schrader , Jay Sauter , Andy Houston , Sean Murphy