Martinsville II: Matt Crafton qualifying notes

Crafton 20th in Martinsville Advance 200 lineup. MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Crafton earned the 20th position in the starting lineup for the Advance Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, October 17. Carl ...

Crafton 20th in Martinsville Advance 200 lineup.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Crafton earned the 20th position in the starting lineup for the Advance Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, October 17. Carl Edwards won the pole for the race which is slated for Saturday, October 18.

"We expected to be better than that," Crafton said. "We were 14th in practice with a 20.87. We slowed down to a 20.99 in qualifying. If we'd have run (20.)87, we would have been 14th again."

Crafton's fastest lap around the 0.526 mile oval in the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado was 20.992 seconds (90.206 miles per hour). He earned his 22nd-straight top-20 starting position. Edwards took the pole with a 20.664/91.549 performance.

"I think we'll be pretty decent in the race," Crafton said. "We were fifth in happy hour. Never got it perfect, but got it better. I'm not sure anybody's perfect. We made some progress. We're still tight in the center (of the corner), but most of the others are too. If we can run a smart race and have good pit stops, there's no reason we can't get a top-10."

Crafton heads into the event, the 23rd of 25 races this season, ranked 11th in the series point standings. He trails 10th-place Chad Chaffin, who qualified eighth, by 23 points.

The Advance Auto Parts 200 is slated to start at 12:45 p.m. EDT/9:45 a.m. PDT Saturday, October 18. The race will be telecast live by SpeedChannel and broadcast live on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Chad Chaffin , Carl Edwards