Rain puts Crafton 14th in Dover truck lineup. DOVER, Del. - Rain, predicted for late afternoon, arrived early at the Dover International Speedway Thursday, May 29, resulting in the cancellation of qualifying for the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200...
Rain puts Crafton 14th in Dover truck lineup.
DOVER, Del. - Rain, predicted for late afternoon, arrived early at the Dover International Speedway Thursday, May 29, resulting in the cancellation of qualifying for the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 NASCAR Truck Series race. As a result, Matt Crafton will start 14th in the 33-truck field that is scheduled to race Friday, May 30.
"I'm disappointed that qualifying was washed out, but what can you do about the weather?" Crafton said. "We were a top-10 truck in both practice sessions and I'm sure we would have been a top-10 truck in qualifying.
"We have a super truck here this week. I'm confident we can race in the top-10 tomorrow."
Crafton was 10th in Thursday's first practice session at the high-banked concrete mile oval. He was eighth in the second, ultimately final, session. Overall, his fastest time was eighth. Crafton's best lap was 24.001 seconds (149.994 miles per hour). Jon Wood posted the fastest lap of the day (23.653/152.207).
"The truck was good right off the trailer this morning," Crafton said. "Jerry Cook and Dave Fuge Jr. did a great job getting us in the ballpark from the first run. We haven't had that day yet where people look at us and go 'wow, you've really got it going', but we're getting darned close to that day."
Due to the cancellation of qualifying, the lineup for the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 was set by NASCAR Truck Series rulebook procedures. Series point leader Bobby Hamilton earned the pole position.
The race is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. EDT Friday. It will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.