Dover: Matt Crafton preview

Crafton 'Goes for the Gold' at Dover Cornelius, NC (May 27, 2009) -- Rolling into Dover International Speedway for Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race, Matt Crafton is going for the gold; Australian Gold. For the next two weekends, ...

Crafton 'Goes for the Gold' at Dover

Cornelius, NC (May 27, 2009) -- Rolling into Dover International Speedway for Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race, Matt Crafton is going for the gold; Australian Gold. For the next two weekends, Crafton's signature neon-yellow Menards Chevy Silverado will give way to a brand new gold paint scheme with sponsor Australian Gold® and their complete line of SPF sunscreen and tanning products.

"Somebody is going to have to remind me where my truck is when we get to the track Thursday," said Crafton, joking about not having a neon truck for the first time in five years. "It's a really cool looking truck, I can tell you that - I don't know that I've ever seen a gold truck in this series. I do know I'll be the only driver wearing sunscreen during the race. Have a feeling I'll be applying Australian Gold all weekend! It's all good though, coming from California it's a way of life and their stuff is really good."

Crafton comes into Dover as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit with top-10 finishes in five of six races this season, including a third-place run at Charlotte.

"We're kind of right where we were last year at this time, going pretty good," said Crafton. "We left Charlotte maybe a little better last year with a win, but we had another good run this year and I think we're actually closer to the top of the points than we were this time last year.

"You need to be there at the end of races and be ready to win in this series. We're up front and we're good, but at Charlotte, Hornaday was that little bit better. We need to find a way to take that little bit away from them."

Last season Crafton finished fifth at Dover, a career-best on the Monster Mile. While only a mile in length, Dover really races more like a mile and half intermediate track with wide 24-degree turns.

"It's a hold breath track for sure," said Crafton. "We were good there last year and I've had good trucks and bad luck there in the past. It's a fast track, I love it. I don't know how many tracks match Dover for insanity; we get after it pretty good there. I mean, it's fast and it's in your face. You don't want to be fighting a bad truck at Dover because you do not want to get into the fence and meet the monster. Trust me on that one, I've been there. He'll eat you up before you know it."

Crafton and the No.88 Australian Gold Chevy Silverado team practice Thursday and race Friday night at 8pm with live race coverage on SPEED Channel.

-credit: mcPR

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