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

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.

Dennis Setzer, who has a five-point lead over Ted Musgrave in
the standings, was fifth in a Chevrolet. Musgrave starts
seventh in a Dodge.

This is first Truck Series event since Todd Bodine captured the Las
Vegas 350 on September 24.