Memphis: Matt Crafton qualifying notes

Crafton to start 12th in Memphis O'Reilly 200. MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Matt Crafton earned the 12th starting position in qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Memphis Motorsports Park Friday, June 20.

Crafton to start 12th in Memphis O'Reilly 200.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Matt Crafton earned the 12th starting position in qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Memphis Motorsports Park Friday, June 20. Jon Wood won the pole for the race, which is slated for Saturday, June 21.

"I thought we could get a top-10, so I'm a little disappointed," Crafton said. "We were tight in the center of the corner. I had so much wheel to it in three and four, when it finally caught, it snapped loose. Had to get out of the gas for a split second to catch it, and that was the difference between top-10 and 12th."

Crafton's fastest lap around the ¾-mile oval was 23.418 seconds (115.296 miles per hour). Wood's pole effort was 22.997/117.407.

The performance was the second-best of the season for Crafton, who started 10th in a race in Bakersfield, Calif. in March.

Crafton was buoyed by the performance of the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado in a final practice session after qualifying. Crafton was seventh in that session.

"(Crew chief) Jerry Cook made a super call during Happy Hour," Crafton said. "We'd been chasing that tight condition all day, and he solved it in the final practice. I think we can go out tomorrow and have a good run."

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 is scheduled to start at 3 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 Jon Wood , Matt Crafton