Chicagoland: Matt Crafton preview

Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Fishers Chevrolet Express Notes: EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway Sandusky, Oh. (August 24, 2010) -- Matt Crafton and the ThorSport Racing team have anxiously awaited the end of summer. It's not that they...

Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Fishers Chevrolet Express Notes: EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway

Sandusky, Oh. (August 24, 2010) -- Matt Crafton and the ThorSport Racing team have anxiously awaited the end of summer. It's not that they don't like the hot and humid "dog days" of summer, and it's not that they don't enjoy racing on the wide variety of racetracks that make up the summer segment of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. But they do know that five of the final eight races of the season, starting this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, are on the 1.5-mile tracks that the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet has excelled on over the past five seasons.

What does going back to the 1.5-mile tracks to finish out the season do for the team's confidence? "It gives us all a ton of confidence. We've been so good on the mile and a half tracks since 2005. We like racing on all the different types of tracks we go to, but we also know how good we are at Chicago, Kentucky, Las Vegas, Texas, and Homestead so we're ready to get at it. We think we can keep up the hot streak we've been on and actually do even better. We're going to go after a win or two and try to jump back up into the top five in the points."

How does Chicagoland Speedway differ from the other 1.5-mile tracks on the schedule? "Every one of these intermediate tracks has its own characteristics and personality, but at the same time they all have a lot of similarities. Some might have a little more or a little less banking but the way we set the trucks up and with the tapered spacer we run we can run wide open all the way around. That's the goal every week, to get it to where we can run it wide open. So we're going to go with our basic mile and a half setup and tune on it from there."

How do you put the disappointment at Bristol behind you? "We don't even think about it. It's just a part of racing. If you let those things get to you it would drive you crazy. We take the positives out of there. We had a great truck, the strategy worked absolutely perfectly, we had a good pit stop and the driver didn't knock the fenders off getting through traffic. We came out of there with a top ten but we should have been second or a third. But you can't let it bother you, you just move on and look ahead to the next one."

Matt Visits Chicago Area Menards: Matt and fellow Menards-sponsored driver, nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel, will meet with race fans at the Menards store at 17411 Weber Road, Crest Hill, Illinois, 60403 on Wednesday, August 25 from 6 -- 7:30 P.M. CDT.

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Matt Crafton