Crawford carries momentum into Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Rick Crawford is doing his best to finish the year on a positive note.
Crawford set a qualifying record Friday and grabbed the top spot for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
Driving a Ford F-150, Crawford turned in a lap of 95.966 miles per hour around the 0.526-mile speedway.
Mike Bliss held the old qualifying record here with a speed of 94.275 mph in 1999.
It was the second pole of the season for Crawford, who also started first in the World Financial Group 200 in March. He finished a disappointing 29th in that event.
Crawford, who is 15th in the standings with five races left, is coming off consecutive top-10 finishes, including winning the Sylvania 200 in New Hampshire in September.
Crawford has enjoyed success here, winning the Kroger 250 last year.
NASCAR Nextel regular Kyle Busch qualified second in a Chevrolet Silverado with an speed of 95.636 mph. He has made six starts in the Truck Series with two wins and four top-5 finishes.
Tim Fedewa was third in a Dodge Ram. He was followed by Brandon Whitt in a Toyota Tundra.
This is first Truck Series event since Todd Bodine captured the Las Vegas 350 on September 24.