Milwaukee: Crafton post race interview

MATT CRAFTON , NO. 88 MENARDS/SUPER CLEAN SILVERADO, STARTED 10TH, FINISHED 2nd: (Sits 3rd in the point standings, 67 points behind the leader) "We definitely thought we had something for him (Johnny Benson, race winner). I was begging and ...

MATT CRAFTON , NO. 88 MENARDS/SUPER CLEAN SILVERADO, STARTED 10TH, FINISHED 2nd: (Sits 3rd in the point standings, 67 points behind the leader)

"We definitely thought we had something for him (Johnny Benson, race winner). I was begging and pleading to go back racing when we had that little lightning scare there. I was wanting to go back. For some reason, that set of tires, I just got really really tight. Just couldn't get the thing to go, got tight center up off. Our Chevy Silverado, the first two or three runs we put tires on it, it was really really good. I don't know if the track cooled off or what, something changed and we got really tight on that last set of tires.

"I can't thank these guys enough. This was the first time this truck has ever been to the race track. They came with that much confidence; they brought a brand new truck that had never seen a race track until today.

"We are definitely a top-five team, top-three team. We just keep doing what we are doing all year. That is what you have to do to win races and win championships is put yourself in position each and every week. I feel like we are doing that right now. Just don't make mistakes, don't beat yourself, you have to be there at the end.

"This team is awesome; it is all about these guys. These guys just built me an awesome Menards Chevy Silverado, all night it was really good. I can't thank them enough for putting me in this position week in and week out. We had good pit stops all night. We keep doing this all year, come Homestead maybe we will have a shot.

"After practice today if you had told me we were going to finish second, I would have said you are crazy. I thought we had a top-10 truck at best. But the guys didn't give up today. They changed a few springs before the race and quite a few things and said let's go with her there and hopefully she will come around. For the most part they hit a home run. To come out second as bad as it was in practice, to put us where we are tonight, I can't thank them enough.

"Johnny (Benson, race winner) was definitely hard to beat tonight, but clean air is everything at every track we go to. I want to say if we had gotten out in front that last pit stop, we might have been able to beat him. He could run faster than us, but at times we were faster than him. He was just a little bit better than us at the end. I was in dirty air, if we had been leading the race; I might have been a little bit better with the cleaner air on my nose. I am happy with this but definitely not satisfied."

-credit: gm racing

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