Nashville: Matt Crafton race report

Crafton Sixth at Nashville Lebanon, Tenn. (April 2, 2010) -- Matt Crafton raced the No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in Friday night's Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Crafton qualified in the third position...

Crafton Sixth at Nashville

Lebanon, Tenn. (April 2, 2010) -- Matt Crafton raced the No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in Friday night's Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Crafton qualified in the third position and battled a tight condition in the cool night, eventually settling in one position short of the top-five.

Crafton started third but quickly darted into second on the start. He held that position until the first round of pit stops. Crafton's pit crew made an adjustment to loosen up the Menards Chevrolet, the extra time for the adjustment costing Crafton three positions for the restart. Crafton was able to race into the top five following the second round of pit stops but the tight condition gradually worsened, forcing him back to sixth at the finish.

"We were a little tight out there tonight," Crafton said. "The last run we were just way too tight to make a run for fifth. That's what we fight every time we come here, and racing at night made it worse. Bud Haefele and the rest of the guys did a great job making adjustments to the Menards Chevy but we couldn't get it loosened up enough to get up there and race for the win."

Crafton remains fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 128 points behind leader Timothy Peters and 22 points behind Kevin Harvick in fourth.

The next race for Crafton and the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet is the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, May 2.

-source: tsr

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton , Timothy Peters