February 15, 2008 10:12 AM

Darnell’s No. 99 on Daytona Pole

DAYTONA, Fla. (February 15, 2007) – Erik Darnell and the No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment team kicked off their 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in style, winning the pole position for Friday night’s 250-mile race at Daytona International Speedway.

"I knew after practice that our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was going to be pretty good," said Darnell. "It was good in the draft, it was good by itself and I thought we'd have a shot at the pole. All the credit goes back to the guys at the shop. Qualifying here in Daytona has nothing to do with the driver and everything to do with the truck. If it wasn't for the guys back at the shop putting the truck together, we wouldn't be able to do what we've done tonight."

The pole is the second of Darnell’s career. His Roush Fenway teammates, Colin Braun and Joey Clanton, will start ninth and 11th, respectively.

"Mark [Martin, former teammate] won the pole and he won the race as well in 2006," Darnell continued. "I know we've got a pretty tough task ahead of us tomorrow night but I'm pretty confident in Matt Puccia [crew chief] and all the guys on the Northern Tool + Equipment team. I'm more worried about the race and getting the truck to run well up front in the draft. I think throughout our practice sessions, we were able to accomplish that and hopefully we can end up in victory lane on Friday night."

About Northern Tool + Equipment

Northern Tool + Equipment has been a supplier of high-quality tools and equipment for more than 26 years, selling products through direct mail, the Internet and over 60 retail locations in 11 states. Along with a deep selection of hand, power and air tools, Northern Tool + Equipment carries a wide variety of products, including generators, pressure washers, air compressors, hydraulics, small engines, trailers, water pumps, tractors, welding equipment and much more. Northern Tool + Equipment also serves as the exclusive distributor of NorthStarTM brand equipment, which is fabricated and assembled at the company’s 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. For more information, visit

About Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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