Kansas: Matt Crafton qualifying report

To start 10th in Kansas Truck Race Crafton equals season-best qualifying effort KANSAS CITY, Kansas. -- Matt Crafton equaled a season-best qualifying performance, earning the 10th starting position for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas...

To start 10th in Kansas Truck Race
Crafton equals season-best qualifying effort

KANSAS CITY, Kansas. -- Matt Crafton equaled a season-best qualifying performance, earning the 10th starting position for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway Friday, July 4. Chad Chaffin won the pole for the race, slated for Saturday, July 5.

"About where we thought we'd be. We were 10th and 11th in the two practice sessions," Crafton said. "When we came in, we thought we might end up further back. I guess the track got greasy and slowed some guys down. We're confident we can race forward from 10th come tomorrow."

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 is the ninth consecutive race for which Crafton has qualified in the top-20. That equals a career-best qualifying streak set last season.

"We've gotten pretty consistent with our qualifying," Crafton said. "We aren't challenging for the top-five yet, but we have been getting ourselves into the front half of the field. It's a lot easier to stay on the lead lap and finish in the top-10 when you start in the front half."

Crafton's fastest lap around the 1.5-mile moderately-banked oval was 33.212 seconds (162.592 miles per hour). Chaffin claimed the pole at 32.467/166.323, a new track record.

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. EDT. The race will be telecast live on SpeedChannel and broadcast on the affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Chad Chaffin