Sandusky, Ohio (February 19, 2001) - For Matt Crafton, the first 45 laps were incredible. Starting in the back of the pack of the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, then...
Sandusky, Ohio (February 19, 2001) - For Matt Crafton, the first 45 laps were incredible. Starting in the back of the pack of the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, then zooming past the other trucks at speeds of 180 mph. To Crafton, this Daytona debut was 'fun'.
On lap 44, Crafton's #88 Chevrolet Silverado engine broke a rocker arm and came in for a lengthy pit stop. SMR hustled to replace the rocker arms and were able to get back on the track, but then dropped a cylinder. For Crafton the day ended too soon.
"I am disappointed that we couldn't finish the race," stated Matt Crafton, 24 of Tulare, California, "I know we could have finished much higher than we did had and we will have to prove that from here on out."
Crafton qualified under provisional rules for spot 34 in the starting lineup. It was after the second round of qualifying the team found the problem - a faulty spark plug wire. During the race, Crafton was able to run in 5th position on lap 41 just before the engine started to lay down. Prior to that Crafton had bounced back and forth from 16th to 8th for many laps.
"We were running 5th when everything happened," stated Crafton. "I am confident we would have finished much higher."
Matt Crafton and the SealMaster Racing No. 88 Chevrolet team will be competing next at the next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Homestead, Florida. The Florida Dodge Dealers 400k at Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile paved) will be televised live on EPSN, Sunday, March 4th. (167 laps/400 kilometers)