Martinsville: Matt Crafton qualifying notes

Best in three tries at track. Crafton 14th in Martinsville lineup. MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Crafton earned the 14th starting position for the Advance Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 11.

Best in three tries at track.
Crafton 14th in Martinsville lineup.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Crafton earned the 14th starting position for the Advance Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 11. The performance was his best qualifying effort at the track in three career races. The Advance Auto Parts 250 is slated for Saturday, April 12.

"We came here expecting a top-10 qualifying run, so I'm disappointed," Crafton said. "I know that 14th is better than we've qualified the last two years, but we wanted more."

Crafton's fastest lap around the flat half-mile was 20.947 seconds (90.400 miles per hour) in the No. 88 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Sivlerado. Ted Musgrave won the pole (20.741/91.297).

Crafton posted his fast time on the first of two laps. Virtually every other driver in the field was faster on the second lap.

"We had been tight all morning in practice," Crafton explained. "I kept dialing rear brake in it trying to free the truck up. We made a lot of changes before qualifying, and those changes freed the truck up. I didn't adjust the brakes. On the second lap, we about came close to spinning in turn one."

Crafton posted a career-best sixth-place finish in the 2001 Advance Auto Parts 250. He started that race 22nd. He raced as high as second in the race in 2002 before contact with a lapped truck resulted in a three-lap penalty. Crafton started 29th in that race.

"We've had two really good race trucks here the last two years," Crafton said. "We haven't gotten to the same point this year, but I'm confident that the Rick Ren, Jerry Cook and the crew will come up with a set up that will work."

Ren, a veteran crew chief, is working his second race with the Menards/Enzyme Magic team. He joins forces with Cook, who has served as crew chief since 1999, to five Crafton access to a pair of experienced leaders.

The Advance Auto Parts 250 is slated to start a 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on Saturday, April 12. The race will be telecast live on SpeedChannel and broadcast live on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Matt Crafton