Texas II: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Ft. Worth - Matt Crafton put the No. 88 Menards/McGuire Nicholas Silverado on the pole for tomorrow night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). This is Crafton's, who is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)...

Ft. Worth - Matt Crafton put the No. 88 Menards/McGuire Nicholas Silverado on the pole for tomorrow night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).

This is Crafton's, who is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) standings, second Keystone Light Pole Award of the season; his first in 18 starts at TMS and third of his career.

Chad McCumbee, No. 07 tiwi/Valvoline Silverado, will start third in the 147-lap/220.5-mile/350K race Friday night.

Point leader and three-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. will roll off fourth behind the wheel of the No. 33 VFW Silverado followed in fifth by David Gilliland in the No. 98 Menards Silverado.

Johnny Sauter, No. 13 Fun Sand/Rio Grand/Curb Records Silverado will start sixth. Ricky Carmichael, No. 4 Monster Silverado, scored the ninth starting position.


MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/MCGUIRE-NICHOLAS SILVERADO, POLE SITTER: "Our truck is very very good. It is obviously the best thing I have ever driven here. I don't say that very often. I can honestly say that. I have had good trucks in the past but this is the best truck I have ever driven, especially on a mile and a half track. Hopefully, it will be as good tomorrow night. Hopefully the demons won't come out that we always joke about.



"We were going for the pole there. The tiwi/Valvoline Fuel Proof Guaranteed Chevy was really good in both practices. We have been third and third and third so far in our three sessions this weekend. The guys have been working really hard. We have had a great year. A really big turn-around year and I think we have turned a lot of heads and people realize we are working to be a threat week-in and week-out. Can't say enough for the work these guys on my team are putting in at the shop. It is following us to the race track so hopefully we can keep this streak going. We have got to get in to victory lane sooner or later; this would be a good place for us to do it here.

"Every time we come to Texas, everybody on the crew is excited. We have run so good here every time we have been here; it has been a great place for me and a place that has really kind of helped my career get further and further down the road. I mean, we have come so close here and been really good at a lot of these races. We just need to finish it out. And if we keep putting ourselves in these types of positions, we will eventually get there, get a wood.

"I am really proud to be a part of the Fuel Proof Guarantee program that tiwi and Valvoline have got on our truck this week. It is really special to have guys that want to support us and get us here. If we can get them to victory lane, hopefully that would help us build on next year and keep building this program. I can't think of a better place for it to be than here at Texas."



"It is so funny here, you practice during the day, we didn't do that much today. You want to tighten it up, tighten it up. Rick (Ren, crew chief), I think he just put tape on this thing. I think the last time we qualified; I said it was just too comfortable to drive, so I think he tried to make it so I got excited about it. The truck stuck again. I don't know what to do, I tried to qualify faster, I was wide open, I tried to do different lines. It is pretty maneuverable right now. The track is cool right now and there is a lot of grip. It was a good lap.

"I think we only had 11 laps in practice, we'd tried to do a tire strategy deal just so we have a set of tires at the end. This is a pretty long race and if you get a yellow with 30 (laps) or 40 to go, you can throw tires on and be competitive. We didn't practice that much. Another year on the track, it is getting slippery out there and I saw a lot of people, like Todd Bodine, run he ran most of practice, a fuel run, he said he got looser. A little different for a night race, so we'll see. We have to finish this one. We have to finish up front. We know the truck runs good here and we know we have to get a good finish. The last time the oil pump belt came off but we won the two races before. We just have to have Lady Luck on our side and be optimistic and hopefully we will get a good finish out of it.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people at Fort Hood."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter , Ricky Carmichael , David Gilliland , Chad McCumbee