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Rain postpones Martinsville truck race.


Persistent rain forced the postponement of Saturday's Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, having already wiped out Friday's Sprint Cup qualifying effort.

Rick Crawford won the pole for the truck event during Saturday morning's time trials, before rain washed out the race itself, as well as two scheduled Cup practice sessions. Crawford, who turned a lap of 19.988secs, was delighted that the qualifying session concluded before the worst of the weather arrived.

"I wanted to qualify, because I thought we had a truck that could sit on the pole," he said, having claimed his sixth career pole in 301 starts, and his second at the at the 0.526-mile Martinsville short track in 19 tries, "I found that out [Friday] in the second practice. It's a great piece we have here."

Second-place qualifier Shane Sieg will start beside Crawford, with defending series champion Johnny Benson third and Ron Hornaday Jr fourth. Series points leader Kyle Busch starts eleventh, with his closest pursuer, Todd Bodine, taking the green flag from the 19th spot.

Johnny Sauter, a contender for Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the truck series, expects track conditions to change considerably because of Sunday's Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville.

"The racetrack conditions are going to change a ton," he said, "That's probably the biggest thing for me. The biggest thing you've got to do is just watch the racetrack, because I'm pretty sure it'll get rubbered up real good [on Sunday] and probably be a little bit tighter. We've just got to keep that in the back of our minds."

The truck race has been rescheduled for noon ET on Monday.


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