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Sauter and Kraus in top dozen at Martinsville qualifying, Kvapil

Johnny Sauter of Necedah continues to give the impression he can make his way to the front of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series pack whenever he gets the urge.

Sauter has yet to win a race early in the season, partly because Kyle Busch has been leading the way.

At the first of three qualifying sessions for the Martinsville TruNorth Global 250, Sauter had his #13 Thorsport Racing Tenda Heal Ford F-150 second on the timing sheet, his 19.816 second lap time around the half-mile oval behind only Busch.

Meanwhile, Derek Kraus, 17 from Stratford looked great as well in his first time at the legendary speedway finishing the first qualifying session in the #19 Bill McAnally Racing ENOES/Napa Filters Toyota Tundra in 15th, among the top 24 that returned for a second qualifying session.

Janesville’s Travis Kvapil finished the first session with a best lap time of 20.646 seconds which ranked him 36th and he will start in the back row of the 32-car field.

In the second session Sauter improved his time but wrapped up an extremely competitive session with the eighth fastest time while Kraus put together the 12th and final spot to return for a third and final qualifying time, guaranteed a spot in the first six rows.

The final five minute qualifying session Sauter posted a 19.722 second lap time keeping him eighth in the field while Kraus managed to get a 19.877 which pushed him from the outside to the inside of the sixth row.

The pole spot went to Stewart Friesen in the #52 Halmar Friesen Racing Chevy Silverado with a best lap time of 19.630. seconds.

Racers returned to the pits for a quick chance to work on cars before lining up for the start of the race at 1 p.m.

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