Daytona Beach, FL (February 15, 2001) - For rookie candidate, Matt Crafton, the past week has been filled with media interviews, photographs, practices and many struggles. To add to the mix, NASCAR officials announced all NASCAR Craftsman...
Daytona Beach, FL (February 15, 2001) - For rookie candidate, Matt Crafton, the past week has been filled with media interviews, photographs, practices and many struggles. To add to the mix, NASCAR officials announced all NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams competing at Daytona must add one inch to the rear spoilers of the trucks - one-half inch on each side of the existing spoiler. This is to slow down the trucks which are currently running with no restrictor plates.
Top lap speed in Thursday's practice was 191.339 mph (Ted Musgrave, #1 Dodge). Crafton's top lap speed was 188.667 mph making him 15th fastest in his No. 88 SealMaster Racing Chevrolet from Sandusky, Ohio. The addition to the spoiler was instilled prior to the final practice for the Craftsman Trucks.
"I was definitely a little tight in the draft. After all the problems we had with the motor earlier this week, today we broke a rocker arm and it may be something more. Once we get our ducks in a row, we'll be all set for that 100 lap race on Friday," stated Matt Crafton.
The SealMaster Racing #88 Chevy, owned by Duke and Rhonda Thorson, will start the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (100 laps) this Friday in 34th position. Behind Crafton is one of the rookie candidates from the Roush Racing stables, Nathan Haseleu (#99 Chevrolet), and Rich Woodland of Impact Motorsports (#12 Dodge).
Crafton began his truck career at California Speedway last October. There, he started 17th and finished 9th. Shortly after that performance, Crafton and team owner, Duke Thorson agreed to a multi-year contract.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway will be televised live on ESPN starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16th.