Matt Crafton Daytona test notes 2003-01-11

Crafton pleased with opening day Of Daytona test sessions. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Crafton finished among the top-10 in three NASCAR Truck Series test sessions at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday, January 11. Crafton finished ...

Crafton pleased with opening day Of Daytona test sessions.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Crafton finished among the top-10 in three NASCAR Truck Series test sessions at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday, January 11.

Crafton finished seventh in both a morning and afternoon session that featured single- truck runs at the 2.5-mile oval.  He was first in a final session that allowed mutli-truck drafting.

"It was a good day for us," Crafton said.  "We came here with a game plan.  We've stuck with that plan and learned a lot."

The test was Crafton's first time in the truck, which was acquired from Team Menard in December.

"This is the truck that Bryan Reffner drove here in 2001 and finished eighth," Crafton said.  "It is a great piece, and it feels great on the track.  We know where we are down a little bit on horsepower.  We're running an engine that has a race on it already.  We hope to get our new engine program up before the test at Talladega in a couple of weeks and really be ready when we come back here next month."

Crafton's fastest lap in the morning session was 50.475 seconds (178.306 miles per hour).  He improved to 49.688/181.130 in the afternoon.

Crafton and veteran Rick Crawford combined to run 10-laps in a two-truck draft in the final session.  Crafton posted the fastest lap of that session and the day at 48.827/184.324.

Crafton is preparing for this third season in the NASCAR Truck Series.  He drives the No. 88 Menards/ColorPave Chevrolet fielded by SealMaster Racing.

Truck test sessions continue at the Daytona oval through Monday, January 13.  The 2003 NASCAR Truck Series campaign begins Friday, February 14 with a race at the Daytona track.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Matt Crafton , Bryan Reffner