BRANDON WHITT is on pole for Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado 150 race at Phoenix International Raceway with a record-breaking lap of 27.439-131/200 mph. This is his second pole in the series and this season. Whitt's first-ever Truck pole was at Memphis Motorsports Park this summer and he went on to win.
JACK SPRAGUE set the previous record of 27.442/131.186 mph last year. Sprague is now running with a new team - No.60 Jeff Wyler Toyota, which does not have owner points, but he qualified seventh, so not to worry. Sprague has won five of the ten poles at PIR, more than any other driver.
Starting on the outside front row will be veteran JOHNNY BENSON followed by KYLE BUSCH in a back-up truck after crashing in Thursday practice, BOBBY HAMILTON and current points leader TED MUSGRAVE.
DENNIS SETZER led the standings much of the summer, and now is 63 points behind Musgrave in second place. Setzer starts eighteenth Friday night.
The top Rookie is TODD KLUEVER starting fourteenth. He is the only Rookie who has run all season, of the three in the Raybestos Rookie chase. Kluever is twelfth overall in the Truck standings, out of 90 drivers.
Busch is one of two drivers in the Truck race who are Double Duty Drivers this weekend. He is also racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 Race Sunday, and is leading the Cup Rookie standings.
The other Double Duty Driver is ERIN CROCKER making her debut in the Truck Series in preparation for running the full season next year with RAY EVERNHAM. She starts twenty-second in the Truck race and will also run Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Arizona 200 Race. Crocker was forty-third Friday midday in the first Busch practice, racing No.6 Ragu Dodge in the 46-car field.
This weekend is only the second time in the eleven-year history of the Truck Series that three females have entered the race. The first time was last year. The other two females entered this weekend are DEBRA RENSHAW, starting thirty-fourth in the field of 36 Trucks. The other is KELLY SUTTON, who failed to make the field, after qualifying last. She ran in her back-up truck after crashing in an accident during Thursday practice.
Both Crocker and Renshaw are running Trucks owned by Hamilton, making him the first Truck owner to field two females in one race.