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Brenday Gaughan, Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Dennis Setzer Score Top-10 Starting Spots at Fontana Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Racing Silverado qualified fifth for the San Bernardino County 200 at California Speedway giving Silverado three...

Brenday Gaughan, Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Dennis Setzer Score Top-10 Starting Spots at Fontana

Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Racing Silverado qualified fifth for the San Bernardino County 200 at California Speedway giving Silverado three race trucks in the top-10 starting spots for the 100-lap/200-mile race.

Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado will start sixth with Dennis Setzer, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado rolling off in the 10th position.

The race has a schedule start time of 6:15 p.m. PST with live coverage on SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satelitte Radio.

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BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 77 SOUTH POINT SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 5TH:

"This South Point Racing team, we have such a good race team. We came here expecting a lot. We came here knowing we were going to be that good and be on the top of the board all day. When we unloaded, man something was terribly wrong. Bryan (Berry) my crew chief and Tom (Buzze, team manager) and the boys trust me. I said something was broken, that I knew that something was broken on the race truck. They tore my Chevrolet Silverado apart, they took off the truck arm, the a-arms, this crew had everything off and the kitchen sink. They found the problem. They found a couple of problems, that could have been it, you never are sure, but they changed them. You still don't totally know if that was it, but it ended up being the problem. We went out to qualify and now I am complaining it is too tight so, I am so proud of my boys. They are such a great hard working group of guys. They put it there not me.

"You can start anywhere at just about any track in this business, if you have a good race truck that is going to race well it doesn't always necessitate a good qualifying effort. The way this truck the way it qualified is also a great race truck. The difference is if we would have started this way in the first practice, we would have had the pole and led every lap. But as it turned out our qualifying effort was our first practice. Going in to the race, we are a little too tight so they will have to adjust on it but they put a bunch of adjustability in it so we should be good tonight. It is such an emotional sport, I am so happy. This is for my boys, it is for them because this is our first West coast race with Chevrolet again, this is what we consider our turf so we are going to go do all we can to win this race."

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RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 AES HR SOLUTIONS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 6TH:

"I am really excited with our qualifying. It is the first time Rick Ren got to work with the coil-binding setup and it was a great turn around for us. The things we changed, the communication we have had with the short time we have had on this California Speedway track, is awesome. For Rick to believe in me and change the things we changed, is just awesome. We had more than that in our AES HR Chevrolet Silverado, but we had to play it safe. We still have to do some more homework to beat some of those other manufacturers but we definitely are going the right direction and we are looking forward to it. A top-10 qualifying effort here at California is awesome.

"Coming home, you can see how special it is right now with all these fans. We are sitting here signing autographs here at the Chevrolet tent, which is quite an honor all by itself. Coming back to our home track and see all your family and family and all the smiling faces you used to race with is just cool."

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DENNIS SETZER, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 10th:

"Our Spears Silverado was pretty good out there. The wind is the same for everybody, but we are pretty pleased with how our lap. We felt good in practice yesterday and spent all our time until it rained on race setup. I am excited for the race tonight. Should be a good run for it."

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KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 12TH:

"We have a good race truck. We were in race setup the whole time, so qualifying this strong is a great surprise for our Ginn Resorts Silverado team. I am really looking forward to the race, after last year, this is a great turn around for me and our whole team and I really want to get a solid finish for them tonight."

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BILL LESTER, NO. 15 BOWEN FAMILY HOMES SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH:

"We had a pretty strong first lap in our Silverado today during qualifying. The truck was really building up some momentum for out second lap when the truck got too tight in the center of the corner and washed us right up the track. Instead of putting it into the fence we just kept our first lap. It's not quite where we'd like to start but we will improve our position in the race. It's ironic that we are starting in the 15th spot in the No. 15 Bowen Family Homes Silverado and we are pitting in the No. 15 pit stall. I'll count that as good luck but I hope to have a better finish then 15th. Our goal is a solid top-10 if not a top-5 finish."

OTHER SILVERADO QUALIFIERS

MIKE BLISS, NO. 40 CURTIS KEY PLUMBING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 13TH

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 20TH

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 21ST

WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 THORSPORT SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 25TH

TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 28TH

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 GPS STORE-GARMIN SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 30TH

BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 MRD/HAAS CNC TOOLS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31ST

MORGAN SHEPARD, NO. 44 KEY MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 32ND

CASEY KINGSLAND, NO. 7 HOOTER'S ENERGY DRINK SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33RD

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Brendan Gaughan