Nashville: Matt Crafton preview

Sandusky, Oh. (March 30, 2010) -- Matt Crafton heads to Nashville Superspeedway coming off a seventh-place finish in the short track battle at Martinsville. While Crafton and the ThorSport Racing Team excel on the intermediate tracks such as the...

Sandusky, Oh. (March 30, 2010) -- Matt Crafton heads to Nashville Superspeedway coming off a seventh-place finish in the short track battle at Martinsville. While Crafton and the ThorSport Racing Team excel on the intermediate tracks such as the 1.33-mile Nashville tri-oval, the track's concrete surface is not high on Crafton's list of favorites.

Do you enjoy racing at Nashville? "I like the town and the fans there are great. The facility at Nashville Superspeedway is pretty nice too. But I am not a real big fan of the concrete surface there. The other concrete tracks at Dover and Bristol have a lot more banking and that allows you to race up in the high groove if you need to. Nashville is pretty flat compared to those other tracks so you have to keep it right on the line through the corners. If they'd put a layer of asphalt down over the concrete I think you'd see two- and three-wide racing there. The drivers would like it a lot more and the fans would love it."

So you spend all your time and effort in practice working on getting the truck to work on that white line in the corners? "It's all about staying low. Last year after a couple of green flag laps into every run our truck would start to push pretty bad. I kept it right down on the bottom and left the entire outside lane wide open and every time someone tried to go up and pass they'd lose grip and get passed by three or four other trucks."

Do you head over to downtown Nashville for any music and nightlife while you're in town? "No, we leave that to the other teams. If they can go out and listen to loud music all night and then get up early the next morning and be ready to race more power to them. We'll hang out at the track, maybe go out and get some dinner somewhere, and put all of our energy and focus into winning on Friday night."

Intermediate Prowess: On tracks between one mile and two miles in length, Matt Crafton has 134 career starts, with one win (Charlotte, 2008), 22 top-five finishes, 70 top-ten finishes, and three poles.

Ideal Door on the Hood: Ideal Door will make its first of eight 2010 season appearances on the hood of the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Menards Chevrolet.

Matt Crafton at Nashville Superspeedway: Crafton is one of two drivers entered to compete in all nine previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Nashville Superspeedway. He has one top-five finish (August, 2009) and four top-ten finishes. His average starting position is 15.3 and his average finishing position is 12.1. He has completed 1,261 of 1,356 competition laps (93.0%).

Matt's Nashville Truck: Matt will drive ThorSport Racing Chassis 32 at Nashville. It's the same truck he used at Martinsville in 2009. It's the sister truck to Chassis 31 which was damaged earlier this season at Atlanta.

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
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