Homestead: Matt Crafton qualifying summary

CRAFTON TO START SEASON FINALE IN 11TH POSITION HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Matt Crafton will start the final race of the 2002 NASCAR Truck Series season in 11th position.  Crafton earned the slot in qualifying for the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami ...

CRAFTON TO START SEASON FINALE IN 11TH POSITION

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Matt Crafton will start the final race of the 2002 NASCAR Truck Series season in 11th position.  Crafton earned the slot in qualifying for the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Thursday, November 14.  The race is Friday, November 15.

"I'm a little disappointed we didn't stay in the top-10," Crafton said.  "The truck's been great all day.  We slipped and slid quite a bit on the qualifying lap and that slowed us down enough to fall to 11th."

Crafton heads into the Ford 200 fresh from a ninth-place finish in the Silverado 150 in Arizona last week.  He has high hopes of ending the 2002 campaign with consecutive top-10 finishes.

"I think we have a top-10 truck, maybe even a top-five," Crafton said.  "This is the same truck we raced at Phoenix last Friday.  The guys did a great job getting it ready to run here.  We came right off the trailer in the top-10 and stayed there all day except for the qualifying lap.  There's no reason we can't race inside the top-10 all day Friday."

Consecutive good runs would help make the off-season more bearable.

"It has been a tough and disappointing season," Crafton said.  "We expected a lot more than we accomplished.  We can't go back and change what's happened.  We can only move forward.  I think we've learned a lot and we are making progress toward becoming the contending team we want to be.  Getting back-to-back top-10's to end the season would be a great way to finish the year and help us get some momentum for the off-season."

The Ford 200 is scheduled to see the green flag at 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST Friday, November 15.  The race will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network (MRN).

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Series NASCAR Truck
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