Mesa Marin: Matt Crafton qualifying notes

Crafton starts 10th in 50th career truck start. MESA MARIN, Calif. - Matt Crafton will make his 50th career start in the NASCAR Truck Series from the 10th position in the Lucas Oil 250 at the Mesa Marin Raceway on Sunday, March 23. "I think...

Crafton starts 10th in 50th career truck start.

MESA MARIN, Calif. - Matt Crafton will make his 50th career start in the NASCAR Truck Series from the 10th position in the Lucas Oil 250 at the Mesa Marin Raceway on Sunday, March 23.

"I think the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado is better than a 10th-place truck, but I'm not going to complain," Crafton said. "We're happy with a top-10 start. We were a little loose getting into the corners in qualifying. We hadn't had that happen all day.

"I think it's probably because we qualified at night. We practiced during the day and we'll race during the day. This truck's been really good in the daylight."

Crafton, who grew up in nearby Tulare, Calif., ran among the top-10 in both practice sessions. He was eighth in the first practice and fourth in the second.

"I'm really pleased with how the truck ran in the second practice," Crafton said. "We got to where we could really cut through the center of the corner."

Crafton's qualifying lap at the high-banked half-mile was 19.548 seconds (92.08 miles per hour). Ted Musgrave won the pole (19.294/93.29).

The Lucas Oil 250 is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST. The race will be telecast live on SpeedChannel and the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

-smr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Matt Crafton