Martinsville II: GM teams qualifying rain quotes

Qualifying for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway was cancelled due to rain. Provisions in the rule book set the starting lineup. Practice is rentatively set for 2:10 PM to 3:20 PM with a 45-minute Happy...

Qualifying for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway was cancelled due to rain. Provisions in the rule book set the starting lineup. Practice is rentatively set for 2:10 PM to 3:20 PM with a 45-minute Happy Hour tentatively set for 4:45 PM

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (STARTING 2ND):

"Martinsville is one of my favorite tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I feel like it is a home track for me. I think our Chevrolet Silverado will be pretty good. We need to get a little practice in just to get a feel for the track and get a good neutral starting spot. I haven't had any laps on the new surface but it looks very smooth. I came up here a couple of weeks ago when some of the Cup teams were up here practicing and they seemed to really get around here so much better. I think we will have a good race tomorrow. I heard that during the late model event last weekend they had some three-wide racing which doesn't surprise me about those guys. I think it is a good omen for how competitive our race will be. It is great that the No. 47 truck with Bobby (Labonte) made it into the field. We had some great races in the late '80s at Caraway Speedway so it will be fun to race with him as a teammate this weekend."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (STARTING 7th):

"As long as we have a chance to get some practice in so we all get a feel for the new surface, it isn't a big deal that we didn't get to qualify. We qualified 11th and finished ninth here in the spring so I feel pretty confident that our Spears Silverado will be pretty good but with the change in the track surface, we need some laps to get everyone familiar with the differences since we last raced on it."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (STARTING 10th):

"Since we haven't had any laps on the new surface, I don't know whether we could have had a shot at another pole here but I feel confident we will have a good starting point on our race setup. I am hoping we are going to get some laps in this afternoon so the crew and I can be where we need to be to have a run like we did here in the spring."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 47 CHEVY ACXIOM CELEBRITY ALL STAR SILVERADO (STARTING 35TH):

"I would have liked the chance to qualify, but at least we're in the race. We were going to run a Busch race in Michigan in August and qualifying got rained out, and we didn't get in the race, so this is a little bit better than that. We've got a lot of work to do starting in the last row, but we'll do our best, try to have some fun and see if we can win from the back."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (STARTING 5th):

"I have been either decent or horrible here at qualifying so the rain canceling qualifying sure has taken a load off my back. I think we will have a really good truck. We raced very well and learned a lot at the spring race so I am really looking forward to Saturday's race. Hopefully starting fifth will allow me to stay up front so we can get this big gorilla off our back."

Other Chevrolet Silverado Qualifiers:

Shane Hmiel, No. 15 Trimspa Silverado - Starting 13th

Kelly Sutton, No. 02 Team Copaxone Silverado - Starting 32nd

Ken Schrader, No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Silverado - Starting 34th

Sean Murphy, No. 07 Albertson'S Silverado - Starting 19th

Tracy Hines, No. 88 Menards Silverado - Starting 20th

Andy Houston, No. 13 Microtel Silverado - Starting 30th

Bill Manfull, No. 08 1-800-4-A-Phone Silverado - Starting 29th

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ken Schrader , Andy Houston , Shane Hmiel , Kelly Sutton , Tracy Hines , Sean Murphy