Daytona: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Field Set for Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona International Speedway Four Silverado Drivers Grab Top-10 Starting Positions Daytona Beach, FL: Defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championRon Hornaday will start his No. 33 Camping World...

Field Set for Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona International Speedway
Four Silverado Drivers Grab Top-10 Starting Positions

Daytona Beach, FL: Defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championRon Hornaday will start his No. 33 Camping World Silverado in the fifth position in Friday night's Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Hornaday's Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate, Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado will start alongside the Champ in sixth position.

Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Peak Silverado, will line up in seventh and Chad McCumbee, No. 8 MRD Motorsports Silverado, will roll of 10th in the 36 truck field for the 100-lap race.

A total of 15 Silverado drivers will take the green flag in race number one of the 25-race NCTS season.

The following are quotes from Silverado drivers regarding their qualifying efforts and the upcoming race:

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Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, Qualified 5th:

"I don't know what to say. These guys have done an awesome job on this Camping World Silverado. I'm a little disappointed because we lost a tenth (of a second) somewhere. I tried to go around the bumps the first time, and through them the second time, but maybe we just scrubbed a little too much speed."I've got to thank Mark Smith's Motors for what they have done over the winter and I just want to thank Kevin and DeLana Harvick for what they have done because its just unbelievable. They put a second team together and we're both down here running good."

ON REPEATING CHAMPIONSHIP: "There's thirty-five trucks and teams and nobody is going to just let you repeat. They are going to race me even harder. I don't know what the game plan is yet, but I know (crew chief) Rick Ren and the guys are doing a great job and they've built five new trucks and I have got to thank Kevin and DeLana again for all that too. Our teams just keep building trucks and they just keep getting better and better and we're looking forward to this year."

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Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado, Qualified 6th:

"It was a lot better than I expected. Sitting there on pit road waiting to go out, the truck kept getting colder and wetter with dew and the times kept slowing down, I kept thinking 'Man, I am going to run a 52 flat. But the guys did a great job. We were about two-tenths off Ron (Hornaday) in single truck runs earlier, but we ended up within eight hundredths of him. That is pretty good. The guys did a great job all week. We have it so I am pretty comfortable in the draft earlier today. I never dreamed I would qualify that well with our American Commercial Lines Chevrolet, but that is cool, man. I am happy with it. Hopefully we can stay up there in the draft and work together, I think Matt (Crafton) is up there too, close to us, so can keep him calm, we are going to be all right."

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Matt Crafton, No 8 Menards/Peak Silverado, Qualified 7th:

"Not bad, but not it. We definitely ran better than that today in practice, actually twice it ran in the twenties and it ran a forty there. So we'll have a starting spot and that's about all it is, a starting spot. When they drop the green it's going to get wild, so hopefully we'll start in the top-fifteen and have a good race.

"We fought a loose condition today, but we got it pretty good when were here testing. We fought loose as well then, but we did a lot of work on our Silverado, we cut the entire right side off of it and tried to make it better. We definitely have gotten it better, but we still haven't got it great. But the guys made a few adjustments and we'll be fine in the race."

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Chad McCumbee, No. 8 MRD Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 10th:

"We really haven't been any better on our second laps since we got here. We talked ourselves out of only running one lap because everyone was picking up on their second lap. If we had gone with one, we might have been able to squeeze another tenth or tenth and a half out of her which would have made a lot of difference on the board. But that is ok, we will take that. I was real happy with our MRD Chevrolet on Wednesday night. We weren't as happy this morning, but we went to back to where we were. We will see where we are tomorrow night. I think we are going to race ok, it was driving good."

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Shelby Howard, No. 13 ThorSport Silverado, Qualified 20th:

"It went a little better than I thought it was going to. We made a lot of changes to the chassis to get it driving better in the draft. When we went to do our single truck run, it slowed it down quite a bit. The guys made a few more changes to it and got it run a little quicker by itself. We could have qualified better than that, but the guys got the chassis a little tighter to where it will draft better in the race. We sacrificed a little in qualifying for that."

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Chad Chaffin, No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 22nd:

"Well, pretty boring but the truck did pretty good. That was actually the very first time we had been out there by ourselves and it felt pretty good. You know everything handles good in qualifying, but I'm real happy with my truck. We'll qualify probably in the lower twenties, but I think we're going to race good. The guys have done a great job.

"I mean I'd like to start in the first couple of rows but if you start fifteenth or thirtieth, that really doesn't matter here because when they get three wide in the first lap you just start filling holes and you're going to go from the front to the back to the front again in a matter of laps so you just let the games begin at that point. So, I'm happy. You know we didn't even come down here and test in the winter and we've only done draft testing and I'm really happy with it."

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Erin Crocker, No. 46 fone Gear Silverado, Qualified 23rd:

"I think we qualified well, probably about mid-pack which is a good place for me to start. I am excited to be back here at Daytona, very excited about the opportunity that (team owner) David Dollar has given me and happy to have Phonegear.com on the truck. I'm just really excited, and it's my first time back in the NASCAR garage in two years and it feels really good. It's my first time driving a Chevy Silverado and that is also very exciting for me.

"Today we just did our qualifying runs and last night we did our drafting practice. The truck felt real comfortable and we tested here probably about a month ago and I wasn't as comfortable. The truck was pretty free and I just wasn't as comfortable. But last night we made some big gains on it and we definitely felt more comfortable and I feel like we can get right in the mix of things."

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Mike Bliss, No. 71 TRG Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 26th:

"It was all right, we never did a qualifying run, we just worked on race setup. Two weeks ago they (TRG) didn't have two teams. They did great job getting this second Chevy Silverado team together. It is good, we are going to race well tomorrow night."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Shelby Howard , Chad Chaffin , Mike Bliss , Erin Crocker , Chad McCumbee , DeLana Harvick
Teams TRG Motorsports