Darlington: Matt Crafton qualifying race notes

Crafton 13th in Darlington Truck lineup. DARLINGTON, S.C. - Persistent rain washed away qualifying and left Matt Crafton with the 13th starting position for the Craftsman 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Darlington Raceway Friday, March 14.

Crafton 13th in Darlington Truck lineup.

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Persistent rain washed away qualifying and left Matt Crafton with the 13th starting position for the Craftsman 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Darlington Raceway Friday, March 14. The lineup was set by truck series rules. Crafton earned the 13th position based on the circuit's 2002 final owners' point standings.

The rainy weather subsided in time to allow a pair of practice sessions at the quirky 1.366-mile oval. Crafton was 11th in each session.

"I think we have a pretty good truck," Crafton said. "The Menards/Enzyme Solutions Chevrolet seems pretty consistent over a long run, and that's a key here. This track is hard on tires. You have to stay up on the wheel, adjust as the tires go away and race the track as much as you race other trucks."

Crafton's best lap in the opening session was 31.364 seconds (156.791 miles per hour). Bobby Hamilton, the 2001 race winner, posted the best lap (30.608/160.664). In the second session, Crafton turned a 31.570/155.768 lap. Rick Crawford went 30.917/159.058 to pace the pack.

The Craftsman 200 is slated to begin at 4 p.m. EST and will be telecast live on SpeedChannel. It will also be broadcast live on the affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rick Crawford , Matt Crafton