Indy ORP: Matt Crafton preview

Sandusky, Oh. (July 20, 2010) -- After a rough start to 2010, Matt Crafton has the monkey off his back with two consecutive top-five finishes to his credit heading into the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Despite not racking up the ...

Sandusky, Oh. (July 20, 2010) -- After a rough start to 2010, Matt Crafton has the monkey off his back with two consecutive top-five finishes to his credit heading into the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Despite not racking up the finishes he and the ThorSport team deserved over the first ten races of the season, Crafton is happy with the way the team has performed. The only component his team has been missing to this point, he says, has been luck.

It seems you and the team have turned a corner with your results the past two weeks, what's been the difference? "The only difference has been luck. We have run great all season long. We've qualified great week in and week out and for the most part we've run really good. But we haven't had the luck to go along with it. It's not like someone flipped a switch and all of a sudden the 88 truck is starting to run good. We've been good all season long. But we just couldn't get the luck to go our way. I keep telling people I didn't need any good luck, I just didn't want any bad luck. That's how it's been at Iowa and Gateway and our results finally show it. I keep telling people the championship isn't over and it's not. We lost a lot of points with a few bad races, and those other guys could too. We're staying focused and we're going to go out and try to win every week, and if we can't win we're going to go after a top-five. If we do that, we should get ourselves back in the points battle."

You've had very good finishes at ORP in the past; what is it going to take to move up from a top-three finish to a win? "You need everything to go your way the whole night. You need a great truck, you need great pit stops, you need the cautions to fall your way and you need those silly things that always seem to pop up to not pop up. Like last year, we had a great truck and we could have been in the lead group at the end, but there was a caution late in the race. I was on the radio asking the crew chief if he wanted me to pit and he was telling me at the same time to come down pit road. Neither of us heard each other and I drove on past the entrance to pit road. We just need those things to not happen and we'll have a shot to win."

How do you work on your setup at ORP? "I've always liked racing at ORP, it's a flat short track and that's what I grew up racing on. The big difference is you run right up next to the wall here. We always work on getting the truck to run well in that top groove first. Once you're good up there, you work on getting it to cut low off the corners. That's where you make most of your passes, so it has to be able to turn left coming off and get traction off the corner."

ThorSport Longevity: With the AAA Insurance 200 at ORP, ThorSport Racing will have competed in 327 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, tying team owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson for second all-time with Tom Mitchell and Circle Bar Racing. ThorSport should move into second-place all time, behind only Roush Fenway Racing's 353 races, in the next series race at Pocono. ThorSport Racing is the active team leader in series starts and driver Matt Crafton is the current leader in consecutive series starts at 233.

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton
Teams Roush Fenway Racing