Crawford takes pole by 0.001 seconds at Phoenix

Crawford takes pole by 0.001 seconds at Phoenix

Sometimes it pays to be last: Rick Crawford was the last one out for the Bud Pole qualifying at Phoenix International Racedway and put his No. 14 Circle Bar Racing Ford F150 on the pole. Crawford turned a time of 28.053 seconds at 128.329 ...

Sometimes it pays to be last: Rick Crawford was the last one out for the Bud Pole qualifying at Phoenix International Racedway and put his No. 14 Circle Bar Racing Ford F150 on the pole. Crawford turned a time of 28.053 seconds at 128.329 miles-per-hour to just edge out Bill Lester by 0.001 seconds.

Rick Crawford.
Photo by Jack Durbin.

"We just did all we could do.  We gave it all we had," said Crawford.  "We had a fast truck this morning in practice and didn't run a lot of laps.  We were pretty satisfied with it.  It was pretty fast yesterday in practice, so we just put a qualifying setup under it and mashed the gas.  It wasn't a real pretty lap, but it was the quickest lap, and that's all we needed."

This was Crawford's second pole of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. Crawford has not had a win this season and is looking for one at Phoenix on Friday afternoon. Crawford sits in second position in points after last weekend's race at the California Speedway.

Lester laid down a lap earlier in the session looking for his first career pole. The rookie will now have to wait to attempt the Bud Pole in the No. 8 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge at the seasn finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.

Kevin Harvick will start in the third position. The Winston Cup star has secured a start in the first of the triple races he is attempting this weekend. Next up will be his Busch qualifying attempt and on Friday, Harvick will attempt the third leg of the journey in Cup qualifying.

Terry Cook and his K-Automotive Racing Ford will start in the fourth position while points leader Mike Bliss will start in fifth in the Xpress Motorsports Chevy.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford , Bill Lester , Mike Bliss