Nashville II: Matt Crafton preview

Sandusky, Oh. (August 2, 2010) -- Matt Crafton remains hotter than the mid-summer weather after picking up his fourth consecutive top-five finish in the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono. While the temperatures were relatively...

Sandusky, Oh. (August 2, 2010) -- Matt Crafton remains hotter than the mid-summer weather after picking up his fourth consecutive top-five finish in the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono. While the temperatures were relatively cool in the mountains, Crafton turned up the heat racing from 18th at the start to third at the finish and jumping into the top five in the championship standings for the first time since he left Daytona in February. Crafton is making gains in the points but knows he needs a solid finish at Nashville -- one of his least favorite tracks on the schedule -- to keep the pressure on.

You've said many times Nashville isn't your favorite track but it would be one if it was paved with asphalt; why would asphalt improve the track in your opinion? "Concrete doesn't give you a reliable second groove. It doesn't wear out like an asphalt track does so the bottom groove is always going to be the fastest. On an asphalt track the more you run the bottom thee slicker it becomes and you have to move up the track to find some grip. As a driver all I want is an option, and I think the fans want to see a race where the drivers can run side-by-side too."

Although it isn't one of your favorites you've had some good runs there; why have your performances been better there recently? "My crew chief Bud (Haefele) and the rest of the guys have figured out what I need to be good there. We have definitely gotten our stuff better there over the past couple of years. We ran second for most of the race there this spring, so I am really confident we'll have a good truck there this weekend. Even though the track isn't one of my favorites you do have to look forward to going there when you know you'll have a good truck and a chance to win the race."

Some people counted you out of the championship but you haven't given up on it; are points your main focus or is running to win? "Our approach to the points deal is simple, if we run up front every week and we're in the top five and we are in position to win a couple of races the points will take care of themselves. We aren't going to quick racing hard, we've been doing that all season long but we've had some really rotten luck. I'm not wishing bad luck on anyone but we've had a our share of bad luck this year and you have to think the guys in front of us will have a race or two of bad luck too. If we can keep that bad luck away from us we've shown we have the ability to be just as consistent as we were last year. We've already made up a lot of points just in the past month and we're going to keep it going until we get to Homestead."

Ronald McDonald House Visit on Friday August 6: Matt and his ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter will visit the Nashville Ronald McDonald House this coming Friday, August 6, from 4 to 6 P.M. to visit with the families who are residing there while their children are in local hospitals receiving medical treatment. "We visited the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City earlier this season and we had a lot of fun with the families there. It has to be incredibly hard to be going through what they are going through so we just want to help put a smile on their face. We're happy to do whatever we can to take their minds off of hospital rooms, operations, and medical bills even if it's just for a little while."

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter