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David Starr Grabs Pole For Infineon 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Third Consecutive Top Starting Spot For Team Silverado David Starr put the ...

David Starr Grabs Pole For Infineon 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway
Third Consecutive Top Starting Spot For Team Silverado

David Starr put the #75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado on the pole for the Infineon 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a time of 30.239, 178.577 mph. It is the third career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole for the Houston, TX native. A total of 39 trucks attempted to qualify for the 36-truck field.

Jack Sprague won the pole in Martinsville and started on the pole in Mansfield by virtue of the 2003 NCTS Owner's points when rain washed out practice and qualifying.

Chevrolet Silverado drivers captured eight of the top 20 qualifying positions. Matt Crafton in the #6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet will start fourth, outside the second row. Kevin Harvick, #92 Snap-On Tools Silverado qualified sixth to start on the outside of row three. Dennis Setzer, #46 Chevrolet Silverado will start ninth, inside row five. Jack Sprague qualified the #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado 11th fastest but will go to the back of the field at the start of the race due to an engine change for an oil leak. Tracy Hines, #88 Menards Silverado will start from the 12th position. Michael Waltrip is in the 13th starting position in the #47 Acxiom Chevy Silverado All Stars truck. Shane Hmeil put the Earl Small's Harley-Davidson Silverado in the 18th starting spot.

David Starr, No. 75 Spears Chevrolet Silverado (Pole sitter)

"When we unloaded we weren't that good, I was having trouble getting over the Humpy Bumps as they call them here at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dave McCarty, my crew chief, adjust on the truck and when we went back out, we were fast and kept getting better and better. When I first came here, I couldn't figure out how to get over the bumps. I really learned how to go over the bumps last year when Kevin Harvick took me around the track in his Chevrolet Tahoe and showed me how to drive this track. Once you learn how to get through those bumps, it makes your lap times so much faster.

"We went out ninth to qualify and had to wait to qualify so I wasn't sure we could hold the pole. I went out when it was warmer and the sun was out, as it cooled down and the clouds blew in, the engines run better and everything just works better so it was pretty nerve racking. I am just proud to give Chevrolet their second pole of the year. I am especially happy to give the Spears team, Dave and my guys a pole. I feel good being a part of Wayne and Connie Spears Motorsports Team. Dave and my guys have been working hard all year. We've just had some bad luck and hopefully we can leave some of that bad luck behind us and start finishing where we need to finish. We are excited about being a part of Chevrolet Family and the support they have given us. Working with Dennis Setzer, Jack Sprague and Matt Crafton has been a big help. It's like we are one big team. We share information and really work together. What works for Jack's driving style may not work for me but the information is valuable to get the trucks as good as they can be. I'm just glad to be a part of that big team and hopefully we can get all four of those Chevrolet teams out front."

Matt Crafton, No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado (4th Fastest in Qualifying)

"It was cool to outrun the boss. We had bet and he told me I couldn't run a 30 and I missed it by four hundredth and some. We are looking to redeem ourselves this weekend after a late race altercation. We've made a few adjustments and we are ready for tomorrow night."

Kevin Harvick, No. 92 Snap-On Tools Chevrolet (6th Fastest Qualifying)

I won the last race I ran in the truck and we hope to back it up with another win. That's why we come is to win. We have the intention of trying to win the race but the series is a lot tougher then it was last year there are a lot of factory backed trucks here. We'll do what we have to do to win the race tomorrow night so we will see what happens."

Dennis Setzer, No. 46, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado (9th Fastest in Qualifying)

"It was fun we worked really hard on our Chevrolet to get our speedway program up and going. We've tested here and at Chicagoland and we've raced Atlanta already. We feel that this can be a strong point for Chevrolet with David Starr cutting a good lap in qualifying. Sprague and myself it looks like we can wind up in the top ten. I'm real proud of Chevrolet and Silverado for how far they have come so far."

Jack Sprague, No. 16 Chevrolet Silverado (11th Fastest in Qualifying)

"It's great coming back from a win but it is different running the short tracks as compared to the super speedways. We've raced a bunch of both so we feel we can be a contender at either. Our Chevrolet has been great today but we just filled the trunk with oil so I'm not sure exactly what is wrong with the truck."

Michael Waltrip, #46 AXION Chevrolet Silverado (13th Fastest in Qualifying)

"The technology has advanced so much since I raced the truck in 1997. They have a tremendous amount of down force. You can run them hard and they stick good. My Chicago test in this truck was eye opening and we felt like we'd come here and be real good. We are a little disappointed with our qualifying run. The thing I'm looking forward to is getting out there and racing with the other trucks it will be a new experience again and something I'll have fun doing."

"I like the concept of running with the other Chevrolets. Its open book and I think that's the way to develop a program and win races is to share information. As a race car driver I don't care if the other drivers have the same thing as I do because I feel that I can out drive them. We can all work together and maybe someone has something or has done something that I didn't think of that I can put into my truck. I'm real happy to be a part of it."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Matt Crafton , Tracy Hines