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Sprague edges Crafton for Truck series pole | Lineup

Martinsville, VA - Jack Sprague captured the pole for Saturday afternoon's Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway. The No. 60 Toyota circled the tiny 0.526-mile short track in 19.796 seconds (95.656 mph).

The pole victory was Sprague's second of the season and 31st of his truck career.

Starting with Sprague on the front row will be Matt Crafton, who posted a time of 19.939 seconds.

Denny Hamlin (19.948) and Mike Skinner (19.953) will make up Row 2.

After weeks and weeks of following Skinner in the standings, Ron Hornaday Jr. has held the top spot for three of the last four races. Hornaday Jr. took over the championship lead at the Gateway International Raceway in the first race of September after Skinner had held the lead from race No. 3 and kept it for 14 straight weeks.

Hornaday Jr.'s margin was just four little points after Gateway and it is still a tenuous lead - just 14 points. He will start 14th.

In March at Martinsville, Skinner won in dominant fashion, leading all but seven laps. His trip to Victory Lane was rarely in doubt. The No.5 Toyota has two career wins at Martinsville and three consecutive top-10s. He also leads the series in driver rating (117.2), winnings ($613,800), laps led (970), poles (9) and top-fives (14).

Hornaday Jr. has never won at Martinsville and while he finished sixth in March, couldn't crack the top-10 in either 2006 race.

The race is set to drop the green flag on Saturday at 3 p.m. (et).

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