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Hamilton Breaks Track Record, Wins Kroger 250 Pole MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 8, 2005) - Bobby Hamilton turned in a track-record effort Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway to win the pole for Saturday's Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck...

Hamilton Breaks Track Record, Wins Kroger 250 Pole

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 8, 2005) - Bobby Hamilton turned in a track-record effort Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway to win the pole for Saturday's Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

Hamilton led a group of 10 drivers who broke the old track record of 94.275 mph, set by Mike Bliss in 1999.

Hamilton turned in a speed of 95.098 mph around the .526-mile oval for his fifth career Craftsman Truck Series pole.

"It's a very close racetrack. The least situation, the wiggle of the steering wheel or slip of the tires can cost you dearly here," said Hamilton, who won this race in 2000. "We had no intentions of sitting on the pole. I can promise you that. Everybody works on race run stuff. You just slap some tape on it and put Goodyear Wranglers on it and push it to the mat and hope it sticks. It stuck."

Todd Bodine nailed down the second spot with a speed of 95.089 mph in a Toyota. Rounding out the top five were Jack Sprague in a Chevrolet, Ricky Craven in a Ford and Bobby Labonte in a Chevy.

Three of the next five spots were filled by Toyotas, including Brandon Whitt in sixth, Mike Skinner in seventh and Robert Huffman in eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Dennis Setzer in ninth and Shane Hmiel in 10th.

Good seats remain for the Kroger 250 and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting the ticket office.

The Kroger 250 is set to take the green flag at 1:25 p.m. Saturday.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Labonte , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ricky Craven , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Shane Hmiel , Mike Bliss , Brandon Whitt , Robert Huffman