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Crafton and GM Goodwrench Crew in NASCAR's hit series, "Meet the Boss" HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2004) Among the recent cravings in the nations audience rests the desire for reality TV. This Friday night the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

Crafton and GM Goodwrench Crew in NASCAR's hit series, "Meet the Boss"

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2004) Among the recent cravings in the nations audience rests the desire for reality TV. This Friday night the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) will house its own version during the Infineon 200 at Lowe's (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

It is not too often in any stage of NASCAR life that a driver gets to be behind the wheel vying for a top spot against the owner at speeds of 180 mph. But that is not the case for the driver of the No.6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado.

This Friday, under the lights, the 1.5-mile oval will don the match-up owner versus driver featuring Kevin Harvick and Matt Crafton. In the past, Harvick has been seen atop the GM Goodwrench pit box during the first three NCTS races on the 25-race schedule to oversee his newly formed full-time truck team. This time, he will be piloting the #92 Snap-On Chevrolet Silverado against his pupil Crafton.

Crafton and crew are more than ready to "Meet the Boss" and show him why they were hired to bring home Kevin Harvick, Inc., its first truck championship. Recent successful tests at Lowe's and Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway will certainly help to prove that.

No. 6 GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton on Lowe's Motor Speedway.

What did you learn from both of your tests?

"We are looking forward to going back to Lowe's Motor Speedway after our test there. I like to race on a track like Lowe's where you can move around a bit. You can still run on the top and on the bottom and that especially helps to avoid the bump in turns 3 and 4. I ran really well there last year, finishing ninth. We tested at Chicago because it is a mile-and-a-half like Lowe's. We learned a lot there, most importantly that the body was a little bit off and we were fighting a loose condition. We have one of the best aero guys in the business and left both tests feeling pretty good about the changes we needed to make."

What are your thoughts on competing against your owner?

"I am excited to get to compete against Kevin this Friday under the lights. Having to race against your owner, who has run in all three series and accomplished so much, is going to make us rise to the occasion. It is time for me to bring all that I have to the table to prove to that I was the right person hired for this job."

No. 6 GM Goodwrench crew chief Wally Rogers on Lowe's Motor Speedway.

How valuable were your tests at Lowe's and Chicago?

"The tests at Lowe's awhile back and just a week ago in Chicago, another mile-and-a-half like Lowe's, were very successful. We feel pretty good about what we learned and the aero changes we have made as a result of both tests. The boss man (Harvick) will be racing in Charlotte so we will really have to bring out our A-game."

No. 6 GM Goodwrench owner Kevin Harvick on Lowe's Motor Speedway.

What are your thoughts on stepping back in a truck and facing Crafton?

"I am looking forward to the truck race this Friday night, and having to run against my own driver obviously adds a little excitement. I have told Matt that when it comes time for him to decide on switching paint and spots with me, he better remember who signs his checks."

( Start time for Friday night's Infineon 200 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 134 lap event on SPEED starts at 8:30 p.m., with radio coverage on MRN beginning at 8:15 p.m. Remember times and dates of the race may change, so check your local listings.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton