Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Australian Gold Chevrolet Express Notes: Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sandusky, Oh. (September 21, 2010) -- Matt Crafton fondly recalls the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for the 1-2 finish...
Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Australian Gold Chevrolet Express Notes: Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sandusky, Oh. (September 21, 2010) -- Matt Crafton fondly recalls the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for the 1-2 finish he and teammate Johnny Sauter scored for ThorSport Racing. But, he also has a touch of regret when thinking back to last year since it was he who crossed the line in second place. Crafton would like to replicate last year's 1-2 finish for the team, but this year he'd like to be the one who crosses the line first.
What did it mean to you to be a part of a 1-2 finish last year for ThorSport Racing? "It was definitely one of the highlights of the year. To give Duke and Rhonda Thorson a 1-2 finish, after all this team has been through over the years, it was definitely a huge accomplishment. I was really happy for Johnny and all the guys on the 13 team, but at the same time I was really disappointed too. I really wanted to be the one to win if there was a 1-2 finish, and coming up short like that hurt."
Have you and Johnny talked about how you're going to race each other if it's a shootout for the win again? "I told him if it comes down to the last lap he shouldn't try to pass me around the outside (laughing). We haven't really talked about it. He knows how bad I want to win and I know how bad he wants to win. Johnny and I get along really good and we race each other hard but clean on the track. If it comes down to the last lap and we both have a shot to win, it's all hands on deck. As far as one of us being upset by the way the other is driving, well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there."
Las Vegas is a fun town; is LVMS a fun track to race at? "I really liked the old layout. It reminded me of Kentucky because it was a lot flatter. I didn't really like racing on the new track the first couple of times we went out there. But the last two years I have had a lot of fun. We had a great race in 2008 and ended up third. Last year we didn't have any business running up near the front but we ended up second. It's fast and it's widened out quite a bit so I think we'll have a great race out there. I really think we'll have a good shot to win too."