Sandusky, Oh. (May 17, 2010) -- Many racing fans consider Memorial Day Weekend to be their longest weekend of racing action throughout the year with the Indy 500 and Coke 600. For Matt Crafton, the weekend before Memorial Day is going to be his ...
Sandusky, Oh. (May 17, 2010) -- Many racing fans consider Memorial Day Weekend to be their longest weekend of racing action throughout the year with the Indy 500 and Coke 600. For Matt Crafton, the weekend before Memorial Day is going to be his longest racing weekend of the year. First he returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the site of his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in 2008 to compete in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Then, immediately following that event, he will climb aboard a plane and head north to Toledo, Ohio, to make his ARCA Racing Series debut in the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway.
What do you like about racing at Charlotte? "For me the best part is it's wide and you have different grooves to choose from. I don't like racetracks that are one-lane and all you do is hug the white line all day long. Charlotte has always had a couple of grooves, even when they paved it. That's really what a driver wants, a couple of options and let him do the rest. We've always been really good there so whenever we go to Charlotte we're thinking we have a chance to win and that's another reason to like going there."
Charlotte is just a one-day show with practice, qualifying, and the race all on Friday. Does your background in the Southwest Tour give you an advantage in that format? "I think most of the field has some sort of short track experience where you do everything in one day, so that's not where the advantage comes from. I think the fact that I raced in the Southwest Tour instead of just one track every week helps us. A lot of drivers raced at one track and they didn't have to learn how to adapt right away. When we pulled into a different track every week, we had a short practice to get ready and that was it. Then we qualified and raced. Learning how to adapt to different racetracks and do it quickly really helps in these one-day shows in the Camping World Truck Series."
Are you ready for your ARCA debut? "I was ready for it last year when I practiced the car for Paul (Menard). I can't wait. We're going up there and we're going to do everything we can to win. The car is coming from Frank Kimmel's team and we know how good his stuff is. Paul ended up with a top-five there last year and I think we can do a little better this year since I'll be in the car all weekend. My guys have had it at the shop getting it ready for me and I'll have them all with me in the pits too. I really think we have a great chance to win two races this weekend."