NOTE: Qualifications for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Wheels Racing 200 at California Speedway were held at 10:00 a.m. PST. The 36 trucks qualifying for the field were covered by the crews and impounded by NASCAR immediately after ...
NOTE: Qualifications for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Wheels Racing 200 at California Speedway were held at 10:00 a.m. PST. The 36 trucks qualifying for the field were covered by the crews and impounded by NASCAR immediately after their qualifying attempt. Crews will be allowed to hook up their generators at 3:00 p.m.; uncover the trucks at 4:00 p.m. and under the watchful eye of a NASCAR official, make a few pre-races adjustments at 4:30 p.m. The trucks will then be placed on the grid for 5:45 p.m. driver introductions and the 6:15 p.m. start time of tonight's 100-lap, 200-mile race.
Team Silverado driver David Starr with start on the outside of the front row in his No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado.
Mike Bliss will be on standby in the pit of the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado to relieve Jack Sprague who was sustained a broken heel on Wednesday at his Charlotte-area home.
MIKE BLISS, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 11th:
NOTE: Bliss qualified in place of the injured Jack Sprague. Sprague will drop to the back of the field and start the race from the back row. Bliss will standby to replace Sprague for the remainder of the race.J"I had it flat-footed all the way around. The Chevy Trucks Silverado will race good tonight. I got all there was out of it for qualifying and feel like this is a solid effort for this team.
"As I said yesterday, I am not sure Jack will get out of the truck it drives so good. But I will be ready to get in if he decides he needs to climb out. As long as we can make the driver change under yellow and don't lose a lap, I think we can drive it back to the front.
"It is fun to get back in a truck, I love driving them. It is just great to get back in it and go race hard for 100 laps. I am looking forward to tonight's race."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 2nd:
"Our Spears Chevrolet Silverado was pretty awesome in qualifying and we're looking forward to the race. I was pretty disappointed with the truck last night after the last practice. It was fast but it just wasn't handling the way I wanted it to. McCarty (Dave) and the guys made some adjustments this morning. Man, during qualifying it felt really good. I was hoping to keep the Spears Manufacturing FlameGuard Silverado on the pole but we'll take the outside pole. I have the right truck for the race and I think we are going to be really good in our Chevrolet Silverado. From what I felt in qualifying Dave McCarty made the right adjustments and hopefully when they drop the checkered flag you'll see the Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet in the Victory Lane."
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 17th:
"I thought we would qualify a little better than this to be honest with you. I think we found a little more in our race setup so as long as we stay out of trouble, we have the adjustability in our Chevrolet Silverado we need to go to the front."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 13th:
"We are happy with 13th. We thought with our time we would have been a top-five truck but compared to yesterdays practice we have really stepped it up. The GM Goodwrench team made a few minor adjustments and that has made a huge difference."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 15 KRAFT FOODS/STATER BROS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 33rd:
NOTE: Earnhardt made contact with the turn two wall approximately 30 minutes in the second practice. The team pulled out the backup truck but was unable to complete the switch in time for Earnhardt to take any laps. Prior to his qualifying attempt, Earnhardt had only his partial warm-up lap to feel out the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado.
KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 30th:
"The truck felt better than it did during final practice, and I knew it could turn a better lap than our first one. I tried to hold it wide open, but it just would not stick in two, and around it went. Kept it off the wall, but flattened both right sides. So, we'll put on four fresh tires, go to the back of the field, and start driving this 02 Chevy Silverado toward the front."
REGAN SMITH, NO. 19 XPRESS MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 24th:
"We succeeded in our first goal of qualifying for the race in our Chevrolet Silverado. You always hope you will be closer to the front of the field but we are in the race and will work our way toward the front. Our goal is to come out of here with a good finish and build some points. We sure don't need to get caught up in anything this week."