Nashville: Matt Crafton race notes

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Despite race-long handling woes, Matt Crafton finished 10th in the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series event at the Nashville Superspeedway Friday, August 8. Carl Edwards won the event. "I can't believe how tight we...

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Despite race-long handling woes, Matt Crafton finished 10th in the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series event at the Nashville Superspeedway Friday, August 8. Carl Edwards won the event.

"I can't believe how tight we were tonight" Crafton said. "From the drop of the green flag, we were miserably tight. The guys did a great job on the pit stops trying to make it better. We never got it 100 percent, but we got it faster and faster as the night went along."

Crafton, who started 12th in the 33-truck field, spent much of the night racing outside the top-10. A pair of well-timed caution periods helped keep him in the hunt. After a final pit stop on lap 125, he raced into the top-10 for the first time. He remained there until the conclusion of the 150-lap race around the 1.333-mile concrete oval.

The performance was Crafton's eighth top-10 finish of the season, two better than in all of 2002. It was his first career top-10 at the Nashville Superspeedway. He remained 12th in the NASCAR Truck Series point standings.

"We were able to get out of here with a top-10 finish, which is something that hadn't happened the last two years," Crafton said. "Guess we'll be happy with that, take a breath with 10 days off and get ready for Bristol."

The series continues with a race in Bristol, Tenn. Wednesday, August 20. The event will be the first for the circuit at the Bristol Motor Speedway since 1999 and Crafton's first attempt at the high-banked half-mile.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Carl Edwards