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Avondale, AZ - Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menard's Silverado, scored his 10th top-10 finish of the season with a fifth-place finish in tonight's Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Starting in the fifth position, Crafton ran as high as...

Avondale, AZ - Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menard's Silverado, scored his 10th top-10 finish of the season with a fifth-place finish in tonight's Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Starting in the fifth position, Crafton ran as high as second and was never out of the top-five during the 150-lap race.

Kyle Busch, No. 15 Freedom Grill/kylebusch.com Silverado, battled handling problems all night to score ninth in the finishing order.

The 25th and final event of the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season will be November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 5th, Finished 5th:

"The guys gave me a really good truck, it was a brand new truck. The guys worked really hard on the truck, we had the new truck blues when we got here. They worked their tales off. We had a truck that I thought was definitely capable of a top-three. We just lost out on a little track position. We had a little mishap in the pits, it wasn't the pit crews fault. A wrecked truck pulled out in front of us and we had to stop to keep from hitting him and lost about four spots on pit road. But all in all, our Menard's Silverado was a pretty good truck tonight."

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MIKE BLISS, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports/Strutmasters.com Silverado, Qualified 4th, Finished 11th:

"The truck was really good. At the start of the race, it was real good, and then we got a flat. Just coming through traffic, it just gets harder the closer you get to the front, and we were probably a little bit too snug. We were good on long runs, we needed long runs and you never get long runs with fifty to go here."

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DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, Qualified 27th, Finished 12th:

"We got some late damage. The Englishman (John Mickel) turned down across the nose of it, and it was pretty late in the race, which was unfortunate. We just got tight, unfortunately, and the guys did a great job. We just didn't have the night we needed."

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OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS

KYLE BUSCH, No. 15Freedom Grill/kylebusch.com Silverado, Qualified 16th, Finished 9th

RON HORNADAY, No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado, Qualified 9th, Finished 13th

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 15th, Finished 22nd

KRAIG KINSER, No. 46 Ginn Clubs and Resorts Silverado, Qualified 8th, Finished 24th

JOHN MICKEL, No. 07 Dudman Group/DSI Group Silverado, Qualified 33rd, Finished 25th

KERRY EARNHARDT, No. 13 National Pork Board Silverado, Qualified 23rd, Finished 27th

SHANE HUFFMAN, No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 25th, Finished 28th

CHAD MCCUMBEE, No. 08 The GPS Store/Garmin Silverado, Qualified 30th, Finished 29th

CASEY KINGSLAND, No. 7 Hooters Energy Drink Silverado, Qualified 35th, Finished 31st

ROBERT RICHARDSON, No. 1 McKinney Pipe & Steel Silverado, Qualified 31st, Finished

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , John Mickel , Kyle Busch