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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.






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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, celebrates his eighth Phoenix win with his crew Sunday, March 13, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. He won by a hundredth of a second, closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup History. This was Harvick`s 500th consecutive series start, a feat accomplished only by 14 others throughout the history of NASCAR.  (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to his eighth Phoenix win with Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS who finished in sixth place Sunday, March 13, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Harvick won by a hundredth of a second, closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup History. This was his 500th consecutive series start, a feat accomplished only by 14 others throughout the history of NASCAR. (Photo by Andrew Coppley for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, takes the chequered flag for his eighth Phoenix win Sunday, March 13, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. He won by a hundredth of a second, closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup History. This was Harvick`s 500th consecutive series start, a feat accomplished only by 14 others throughout the history of NASCAR. (Photo by Andrew Coppley for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, celebrates his eighth Phoenix win Sunday, March 13, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. He won by a hundredth of a second, closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup History. This was Harvick`s 500th consecutive series start, a feat accomplished only by 14 others throughout the history of NASCAR. (Photo by Gregg Ellman for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, leads Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, beats Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, to the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, poses with the winner`s decal on his car in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, leads Kevin Harvick (driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet) during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eleventh position Friday, March 11, 2016 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Gregg Ellman for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, qualifies for seventh position Friday, March 11, 2016 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Andrew Coppley for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position Friday, March 11, 2016 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Hendrick Motorsports driver Johnson experienced an issue during qualifying.  He will go to a back-up car. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fourth position Friday, March 11, 2016 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, places the Coors Light Pole Award decal on his car after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 11, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, poses for a photo after winning the pole award during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 11, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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