Memphis: Matt Crafton preview

MEMPHIS, TN., June 15, 2004 - GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton brings his No.6 Chevrolet Silverado to the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park for round eight of the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. The O'Reilly 200 set for Saturday, June 19,...

MEMPHIS, TN., June 15, 2004 - GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton brings his No.6 Chevrolet Silverado to the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park for round eight of the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. The O'Reilly 200 set for Saturday, June 19, will be a 200-lap race for the specially built, full-sized pickup trucks on its three-quarter mile oval.

"Memphis is a neat little race track," said Crafton. "I like short tracks that put the driver back in the seat. At Memphis you get up on the wheel, you get up on the wheel. I know you get up on the wheel at other tracks, too, but at Memphis you see more driver in the equation than at many tracks. You see a little bit more "rubbin' and racin'" at a track like Memphis. You know side by side one guy racing against another even at the back of the pack.

"I've been to Memphis three times and gotten two top-10 finishes. You always look forward to going to a track where you have been real competitive."

In three previous starts at the Memphis facility, Crafton finished in the 10th position twice, in 2001 and 2003, earning $33,140 for his effort.

Wally Rogers, Crew Chief for the GM Goodwrench team, has seen success at Memphis. "I've won a Busch race at Memphis before with Randy Lejoie," said Rogers "So I know what it takes to win there. Matt has done well there, too. We bringing the same truck we ran to a top-10 finish at the new short track in Mansfield, Ohio. I think our combination could produce the first win for this new team."

Crafton, who joined the newly formed KHI Team owned by Nextel Cup star Kevin Havick in 2004, is coming off an eighth place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Crafton reached as high as second before falling back during the final stages of the high-speed chase will badly worn tires. It was his fifth top-10 finish in eight starts this season and he is currently ranked ninth in series driver points standings.

Primary sponsor GM Goodwrench is celebrating the 19th consecutive year of sponsor involvement with NASCAR and is the only sponsor to have major participation in all three of NASCAR's top series: NASCAR Nextel Cup with No. 29 Monte Carlo with Kevin Harvick. NASCAR Busch Series with Ron Hornaday in the No. 2 AC Delco Monte Carlo, and Crafton in the No.6 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton