Memphis: GM teams qualifying notes, quotes

Dennis Setzer and Matt Crafton Post Second and Third Quick Times at Memphis O'Reilly 200, Memphis Motorsports Park Millington, TN - Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, and Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, posted the ...

Dennis Setzer and Matt Crafton Post Second and Third Quick Times at Memphis O'Reilly 200, Memphis Motorsports Park

Millington, TN - Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, and Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, posted the second and third quickest qualifying times for tonight's O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Five of the top-10 qualifiers for the 200-lap/150 mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race were behind the wheel of Chevy Silverado race trucks.

Jack Sprague (Toyota) will start from the pole with Setzer along side and Crafton in row two. Mike Bliss, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado will start in the sixth spot. Brad Keselowski, No. 02 Sutton Motorsports Silverado and Kevin Grubb, No. 15 Spondivits Silverado will start seventh and eighth respectively.

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DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, Qualified 2nd:

"The laps felt pretty good. That was about as good as we have been here since we unloaded, so it was nice to pick up some in qualifying. Our E85 Silverado was pretty good in qualifying and having track position here at Memphis is key to running up front here, so hopefully we have a little bit of a head start for the race tonight."

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MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 3rd:

"Honestly, the laps didn't feel that good. We didn't do a qualifying run yesterday, and we struggled with the truck bad yesterday, and kind of got behind. This is actually our intermediate truck that we ran last week in Kentucky and we have never ran it on a short track, so we struggled with it quite a bit yesterday. The guys made a bunch of changes on the truck before qualifying and so I cannot be happier with a third place start. Track position has been key, and usually if you qualify in the top-ten, you can maintain that unless you have a problem. I am fortunate to have a great crew, an awesome pit crew, and they will do a good job in the pits."

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MIKE BLISS, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 6th:

"The truck was different. I didn't think that it would be very fast today but it was. The track actually had more grip than it did last night when we made our runs; we were a little too tight on the throttle, so I didn't think that it would be tight. A top-ten starting position will definitely be to our benefit tonight, so I am hoping to have a good run in our Silverado."

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BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 02 Sutton Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 7th:

"That was awesome. That was the best truck I have had in a ling time and Gary Showalter (crew chief) is putting together some pretty awesome stuff and it is showing it up on the board. This is how racing is supposed to be, and it is supposed to be fun like this. I can't wait to do more stuff like this and these Silverados have been awesome."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 FEDEX Express/Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 21st:

"My laps today were a little disappointing. We were pretty good in practice yesterday, and we just got a little too tight in qualifying to run as fast as we needed to. I am really excited to have all of these FedEx people here with us this weekend, and to come back here one year after my first Truck Series start and have the same sponsor we did last year is pretty special."

-gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Kevin Grubb , Matt Crafton , Mike Bliss , Brad Keselowski