Rain temporarily suspended NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway twice on Saturday, but when the session was finally completed, Timothy Peters, from nearby Danville, Va., was on the pole with a new series track qualifying record time of 19.641 seconds.
“That’s pretty cool, considering I’m a hometown boy,” Peters said.
Peters then shifted his focus to the race, hoping for a performance similar to the dominating show he put on earlier this season at another short-track — Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway.
“Hopefully, we can lead 200 laps like we did at Bristol,” he said.
Kevin Harvick qualified second, and Brian Scott was third. Qualifying fourth and fifth were Nelson Piquet Jr. and Denny Hamlin.
Drivers including Josh Richards, Matt Merrell, Ron Hornaday, Justin Lofton and Todd Bodine each spent time as the provisional pole sitter, until Peters turned in a lap to replace his Red Horse Racing teammate Bodine atop the scoring pylon.
Merrell’s qualifying attempt was his first in Camping World Truck Series competition, and also the first for his team, Win-Tron Racing.
“I can’t thank the guys at Win-Tron Racing enough,” Merrell said. “We just threw this thing together.”
By the end of the session, none of the provisional pole sitters prior to Peters were in the top-10.
“I left a lot out there,” Ron Hornaday, who wound up 16th said of his qualifying attempt.
Qualifying sixth through 10th were Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Jeff Agnew and James Buescher.
Forty-one drivers made attempts for the 36 available spots on the starting grid. Drivers failing to make the race included Grant Enfinger, Brennan Newberry, Dennis Setzer, Jake Crum and Todd Peck.
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