Texas II: GM teams qualifying notes, quotes

Clint Bowyer Puts Chevy on the Pole at Texas for Silverado 350K First Career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Pole for Driver of No. 46 Jack Daniel's Silverado Fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports; Three Silverado Drivers Score Top-10 Starting...

Clint Bowyer Puts Chevy on the Pole at Texas for Silverado 350K

First Career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Pole for Driver of No. 46 Jack Daniel's Silverado Fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports; Three Silverado Drivers Score Top-10 Starting Spots for the 146-lap Race Friday Night

Ft. Worth, TX - Clint Bowyer, No. 46 Jack Daniel's Silverado, picked a great night to score his career-first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) Bud Pole. With a new qualifying track record, 29.274-seconds, 184.464 m.p.h., for the NCTS at Texas Motor Speedway, Bowyer will pace the field at the start of the Silverado 350K Friday night at the 1.5-mile track.

Kyle Busch, No. 15 kylebusch.com Silverado, will start eighth (8th) in the 36-truck field. Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 RoadLoans.com/AES HR Solutions Silverado, will roll off 10th.

Mike Skinner (Toyota), Terry Cook (Ford), Bobby East (Ford) and David Reutimann (Toyota) completed the top-five starters.

The Silverado 350K is slated to begin at 8:05 p.m. CST. SPEED TV, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will provide live coverage of race 23 of the 25-race NCTS season.

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Kyle Busch, No. 15 kylebusch.com Silverado, Qualified 8th:

"Laps felt good, just comfortable, easy, and wide-open. Nothing to out of the ordinary for Texas. It felt pretty good. The track was pretty greasy today, and the track was getting pretty old here, kind of like Atlanta. So to run that comfortable at nighttime is really going to make for a really good race, because everyone will be a little more comfortable, and everyone will try and run wide-open at least for the first ten or fifteen or so, and then you get racing after that."

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Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 RoadLoans.com/AES HR Solutions Silverado, Qualified 9th:

"Anytime you can drive a Chevy that Wally (Rogers, crew chief) prepares over there at KHI is pretty cool. Here, qualifying with the track getting cool, the Silverado was awesome. That was all she had, but we usually come here and qualify around 18th, so if we stay in the top-10 for tomorrow night's race, we will be really happy. We practiced in the sun, but it was still cool, but I think the track just gets more grip, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow night."

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Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, Qualified 14th:

"The truck was very comfortable, that was great. Just okay, it looks like the truck is decent to start, we'll have to see, maybe see what will happen. It seems like the track has a lot more grip to everyone I am sure, and the tires and the engines like the cold temperatures, and it should be a great race."

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Kerry Earnhardt, No. 13 Lowery Plumbing Silverado, Qualified 15th:

"The ThorSport Chevrolet Silverado team really thrashed hard and got this truck turned around. It is unfortunate that we wrecked our primary truck, but I think that the back-up truck is a little better than the primary. We are looking forward to starting up towards the front. I know this truck was 12th in practice, so I think that it is cooler now, so I don't know what will happen, so we will just have to wait and see. But I figure it will be a top-15, so I think we will have a good run tomorrow. The track has a lot of grip, and I had it wide open all the way around, and it didn't flinch at all, so I figure we would run a thirty, but for some reason we ran a fifty, so we'll figure it out."

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Mike Bliss, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports/Strutmasters.com Silverado, Qualified 25th:

"Right now, it doesn't look so great. We haven't been really good so far, but we worked on a lot, and we didn't qualify that good, but we hope that the race goes a lot better."

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Aric Almirola, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 28th:

"It was a race run. We had an engine problem in practice and we had to change motors, so we have to start last tomorrow anyways, because of the motor change, so we went out there in race trim. We weren't taped off or anything for a qualifying run, so I think it is a decent lap for race trim, and I think it will race good. And we will go from there. The track has a lot of grip and it will be exciting tomorrow night for sure."

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Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 29th:

"It was pitiful. It's sad that it won't go any faster than that thirty-flat. It drove really good and handled good. The guys did a good job, and it was just not fast."

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OTHER SILVERADO QUALIFIERS:
Chad McCumbee, No. 08 The GPS Store/Garmin Silverado, Qualified 17th
John Mickel, No. 07 Dudman Group/DSI Group Silverado, Qualified 31st
Shane Huffman, No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 33rd
Johnny Chapman, No. 03. U.S. Restoration Silverado, Qualified 34th
Robert Richardson, No. 1 Vote Kinky Friedman for Governor Silverado, Qualified 35th
Chris Wimmer, No. 76 Automotive Fabrication Silverado, Qualified 36th

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Matt Crafton , Kerry Earnhardt , Mike Bliss , Bobby East , Clint Bowyer , Chris Wimmer , Johnny Chapman , Aric Almirola , Robert Richardson Jr. , John Mickel , Chad McCumbee , Shane Huffman , Kyle Busch