Endless battle for Crafton at Mesa Marin

BAKERSFIELD, California (March 17, 2001) - Hometown rookie and reigning NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Champion, Matt Crafton and the No. 88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team, SealMaster Racing, dealt with brake problems starting on lap 55. An ...

BAKERSFIELD, California (March 17, 2001) - Hometown rookie and reigning NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Champion, Matt Crafton and the No. 88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team, SealMaster Racing, dealt with brake problems starting on lap 55.

An early pit stop for Crafton, enabled the crew to fix a brake line, change tires and refuel. Outlook was fair until lap 90 when the team pitted again and found a faulty bleeder, replaced it quickly and sent him back out onto the track. That should solved the problem, but there was still no brake pressure according to the driver. So, on lap 119, the Silverado team brought the truck behind the wall to investigate closer and replace the right front caliper.

Now 30 laps down and with some brake pressure, Crafton was put to the test with his driving skills and knowledge of the Mesa Marin Raceway. The team's efforts ended on lap 250 of the Orchard Supply Warehouse 250 in 29th place winning $6,640.

For the entire team, the day was an endless battle. They are now focused on investigating the situation further, making proper changes and setting out for a better race at Martinsville.

The SealMaster Racing team will be competing next at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on Saturday, April 7. Race will be televised live on ESPN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton