JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 13 FUN SAND/RODNEY ATKINS/CURB RECORDS SILVERADO AND MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed racing at Michigan, the state of General Motors and ...
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 13 FUN SAND/RODNEY ATKINS/CURB RECORDS SILVERADO AND MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed racing at Michigan, the state of General Motors and more.
TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON SO FAR.
SAUTER: "Finally got a crew chief locked in here I think three races into the season. Everything seems to be moving along. Obviously we can lean on the No. 88 pretty hard for set-up information and things like that. We just get better and better every week. Got our first pole and obviously we've gotten three top-10's out of the last four weeks. We just keep building momentum and we're coming up to the heart of the season which I'm pretty fond of. So I look for good things in the next couple of weeks."
WE HEARD SOME NEW OUT OF GENERAL MOTORS LAST NIGHT THAT THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT PULLING OUT OF TRUCKS AND NATIONWIDE, WHAT'S GOING ON? WHAT CAN YOU GUYS DO WITHOUT MANUFACTURER SUPPORT?
SAUTER: "You know what at the end of the day I'm proud to be in a Chevrolet. I'm proud to represent an American company. GM is full of smart people. They're going to figure this out. Everybody encounters trouble along the way but at the end of the day I've got to worry about driving that race truck. The business will take care of itself. Chevrolet will get it figured out. Like I said I'm happy to be part of the team."
ARE YOU GUYS ONE OF THE TEAMS THAT CONTINUE TO GET FINANCIAL AND ENGINEERING SUPPORT FROM CHEVROLET?
CRAFTON: "We haven't honestly been told or talked to a lot about the deal. We do not have a contract with General Motors. Do they write us a check? No they don't. Do we get help from them as in engineering help? Yes, we do. But as of right now we don't know exactly where it's going and I don't know where everything came from honestly."
I ASSUME AFTER WHATEVER THE NEWS IS YOU'RE GOING TO TALK TO SOMEBODY. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TALK TO? SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE YOU'VE GOT TO SAY, HEY WHAT'S THE DEAL?
CRAFTON: "We'll talk to our crew chiefs and tell them how our trucks are running today. That's what our job is. To drive the race trucks and worry about how they run out there on the race track and we have people that are going to worry about the other part of it and dealing with that part. I know I am and I'm sure Johnny (Sauter) is going to be worried about making this Chevy Silverado fast on the race track. That's the same thing I'm going to do."
SAUTER: "You're not going to get nothing out of us (laughs)."
CAN YOU GUYS JUST TALK ABOUT THIS WEEKEND'S RACE, WHAT KIND OF RACE DO YOU EXPECT?
SAUTER: "Michigan has always been a fun race track to race at from a competitor's standpoint. It's a real wide race track so you can move around a little bit. To sit here and tell you that Michigan is one of my favorite race tracks I'd probably be telling a fib. It's only a 100-lap race and every week I'm amazed at how much different a truck drives than a cup car. We go to all these race tracks and there seems like there's so much throttle-on time and the corner speeds are so much faster. I expect the same thing here so it's just a little bit different learning curve than what I had ever anticipated. The race should be pretty exciting. It's only 100 laps so you've only got a short time to get where you are going."
CRAFTON: "I love racing here. My average finish doesn't show for it but its fun. I like a place that you can hold it wide open. When we first fire off here I guarantee you the first four or five laps we're going to be wide open around here but the tires fall off here. That's one of my favorite things about this race track. When we ran Texas last week, like Johnny (Sauter) said last week in Texas he ran the first 15 laps wide open. That's fun and it adds great racing but you get a lot better racing and your field will separate a little more here because guys are a little bit off on handling or definitely going to be really far off on handling at the end of the runs."
WILL YOU RACE ANY DIFFERENT BEING IN THE POSITION YOU'RE IN NOW OR WILL YOUR GAME PLAN CHANGE ANY?
CRAFTON "I'm racing today's race and next week's race just like it was my first race this year. I'm out there to run up front, to win races and collect the most points at the end of the day. Everybody made a lot more out of me leading the points than I have. I've won championships in other things that I've raced and if you sit there and put it in your head and worry about it you're going to beat yourself. You just have to go out there and do what you're paid to do and drive a race car and win races."
DOES YOUR CREW CHIEF LOOK AT IT ANY DIFFERENT?
CRAFTON "I don't know. He's pretty quiet. It will be interesting without a doubt."
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