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.Â 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).