Daytona Beach, FL (February 14, 2001) - 36 teams. 12 rookies. 100 laps. Dodge is on the pole for the 2nd annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck race and hoards of fans are swarming everywhere here at the Daytona International Speedway. So, how's that...
Daytona Beach, FL (February 14, 2001) - 36 teams. 12 rookies. 100 laps. Dodge is on the pole for the 2nd annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck race and hoards of fans are swarming everywhere here at the Daytona International Speedway.
So, how's that team from Ohio doing? "Its been a rough week. Really rough. We spent most of the weekend trying to figure out why the motor kept laying down," stated Crafton.
After three practice sessions, first and second round qualifying, Crafton and the SealMaster Racing #88 Chevy take the provisional and will start the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (100 laps) this Friday in 34th position. Behind him is one of Roush Racing's rookie candidates, Nathan Haseleu (#99 Chevrolet), and Rich Woodland of Impact Motorsports (#12 Dodge).
"We did fix the problem and were off like a red rocket," stated Matt Crafton, "We had a bad spark plug wire, changed it, and were able to post 29th fastest in our last practice session of the day."
NCTS final practice will be a "happy hour" session immediately following the 41st Gatorade 125-mile qualifying races, known to most as 'the twins', on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. The SealMaster Racing team looks to improve now that they have fixed the problem.
"We look to work with the draft more during happy hour, playing with the drafting speeds and seeing how fast we can really go on all 8 cylinders," said Crafton, "We'll start in the back, but with the draft, we won't be there for long."
Crafton began his truck career at California Speedway last October. There, he started 17th and finished 9th. Shortly after that performance, Crafton and team owner, Duke Thorson agreed to a multi-year contract.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway will be televised live on ESPN starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16th.