Martinsville: Matt Crafton preview

MARTINSVILLE, VA., April 13, 2004 -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) heads to Martinsville for a 250 lap/131.5-mile race Saturday, April 17, with GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton 10th in points after two of 25 races in the 2004 series....

MARTINSVILLE, VA., April 13, 2004 -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) heads to Martinsville for a 250 lap/131.5-mile race Saturday, April 17, with GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton 10th in points after two of 25 races in the 2004 series. The nationally televised race for specially modified, full sized pickup trucks will serve as a prelude to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on Sunday.

Career best finish for Crafton

Crafton, who joined the newly formed Kevin Harvick owned race team for the Daytona 250 in February, is coming off his NCTS career best finish, a fifth in Atlanta, in the GM Goodwrench sponsored Chevrolet Silverado.

Ready for Martinsville

"I have been looking forward to Martinsville," said Crafton, "But after our recent two-day test on the half-mile oval at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. I'm really, really ready for the short track at Martinsville.

Our best test yet

"Our test was probably the best we have had so far. There were five or six trucks all testing at the same time and we were the quickest, so I think we've got some momentum going for us at Martinsville.

The driver makes a difference

"I like the shorter tracks like Martinsville because it puts the driver back in the equation a little bit more. You still have to have a good chassis but at least on the shorter tracks the driver can make more of a difference. Besides you get to do a little bit more 'rubbin' type-racin' at Martinsville.

A Learning Experience

"I am real encouraged about our chances after our test," said Crew Chief Wally Rogers. "We not only learned a good deal about short track set-up, but I learned a lot about what Matt expects or needs from his race truck. I honestly think we've got a real, good shot in the next two or three races."

GM Goodwrench sponsorship

GM Goodwrench also sponsors the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo for truck team owner Harvick Cup competition. Harvick is eighth in the driver points standings going to Martinsville.

The association between GM Goodwrench and Childress is in the 19th year of NASCAR participation.

-khr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton
Teams Richard Childress Racing