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Jack Sprague in the #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado Captured his Third Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Pole of The 2004 Season Setting a New Track Record in the Process. It is the First Pole for Sprague at Gateway International Raceway and the 23RD of his Career.

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (STARTING 1st INSIDE ROW ONE):

ON WINNING THIRD POLE OF 2004 SEASON: "I thought we might have had a chance for the pole before we even got here because this team has had tremendous efforts at Gateway. After I climbed in the Chevy Trucks Silverado and took a few laps this morning, I knew we had a chance. I like poles, I try really hard to win them. It takes a little stress off the crew guys because they know their driver has confidence in the truck. This track is awesome in my opinion because it is a driver's track. With all four corners being different, it makes it a challenge to drive and keep the fenders on it for the entire race. I have won here before, for the first time in several races, we actually will have a chance to have happy hour close to the same time we are going to race. We will just see how it all unfolds tomorrow night."

ON SETTING NEW TRACK RECORD: "It is really pretty cool. I guess the old one had stood since 1999. In this sport, there are a few things that you can point to that makes one race or one qualifying effort a little better than some of the rest. Setting a new track record is one of those kinds of a deal. It is a team effort to sit on the pole. Yes, the driver has to go out there and drive the thing hard but if you don't have a truck that you know you can drive in there, it won't happen.

ON TOMORROW NIGHT'S RACE: "I love racing at night, it is cooler, easier on the crew and equipment and the fans. I think it is just better all around. The trucks look cool at night under the lights and it makes the racing seem more exciting. Like I said, this is a great track that I really like and the Chevy Trucks Silverado team has always been successful. I like our chances for a good run or maybe even a win. We will just not put the cart before the horse and work on everything we need to check in happy hour and go from there."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (11th, INSIDE ROW SIX ):

ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "This is honestly better than I thought we would be after practice. We made some gains that is for sure, which is a positive. We certainly have some room for more gains during happy hour. We have some ideas so we will just see where that goes as we work in the time of day closer to tomorrow's race time."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (STARTING 14TH, OUTSIDE ROW SEVEN):

ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "We are a little disappointed with our qualifying run. The truck was pretty good in one and two but was a little tight between three and four. I thought we could have run a 34 flat. We actually went slower than what we did in practice. It doesn't really matter where you start, it is where you finish that counts. That is the way we are going to look at it and get our Spears Silverado working really well in happy hour so it will race good tomorrow night. That is the main thing to get out of here with a top-five finish, that is our goal.

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (STARTING 15th, INSIDE ROW EIGHT):

ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "The GM Goodwrench Silverado was tight during both qualifying laps. The nose would shove just enough to where I would have to pedal it. We are not too far off from where we need to be for tomorrow night. I am just going to have to focus on coming through the field.

ON TOMORROW NIGHT'S RACE: "My guys will be a big part of our getting to the front with great pit stops. They did it for me last week so I know they will do it again. I am obviously not happy starting back in 15th but we will be ready come race time."

SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 WHITAKER FARMS SILVERADO (STARTING 7TH , INSIDE ROW FOUR)

ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "I thought we had a little quicker truck for qualifying. We'll take 7th. Ritchie and the guys have a few adjustments to do on the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado. We'll be ready to turn our luck around and bring home a top finish Saturday night in the Whitaker Farms Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.

KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE SILVERADO (STARTING 30th, OUTSIDE ROW 15 ): "I wish we could have started better than 30th, but I think we'll be able to move up through the field as I get more comfortable with the track. Tim and the crew are going to tweak a few things to help me into turn one and out of turn four. The rest will come after we have some laps in the books and have a good feel for the truck and the track. I'm glad the weather held, and tomorrow should be a great day to race. I'm looking forward to getting back out on the track tonight for happy hour, so we can see how this truck will handle without some of the heat and sunshine. I think the cooler temps will give me some extra grip and let me get into the turns better."

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