Daytona: SealMaster Racing No. 88 preview

Raising Eyebrows In The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series SANDUSKY, Ohio (Monday, February 4) - Tucked far into the Ohio tourist destination of Sandusky is the home of SealMaster Racing, the No. 88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team and top contender for...

Raising Eyebrows In The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Monday, February 4) - Tucked far into the Ohio tourist destination of Sandusky is the home of SealMaster Racing, the No. 88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team and top contender for the 2002 Championship. After an extremely successful 3-day test session at Daytona International Speedway last month, the team is eager to get back to the 2.5-mile track and make some more eye-popping moves.

"It felt good to have the fastest lap during the 3-day Daytona test session last month," stated Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 SealMaster Racing Silverado. "We know what needs to happen to win races and championships and we look forward to making the 2002 season a spectacular one."

Crafton's quickest lap around Daytona International Speedway last month was 47.983 seconds at 187.566 mph. Last year at Daytona, Crafton used a provisional to start the race in 34th. He drove all the way to 6th place prior to an engine failure with 50 laps to go. This time around, the team hopes for a top-5 finish.

In 2001, the team completed a full season, 24 events, capturing eleven top-10 finishes and rounding out the season with a 12th place finish. Crafton finished 3rd in the chase for Raybestos Rookie of the Year and collected over $240,000.

"Last season, we had a year of ups and downs, but all in all it wasn't too bad," stated Crafton. "This year, I believe we are mentally prepared to win races and make some eye popping moves throughout the season."

The team has made major improvements in their day to day activities in the months leading up to this season. Along with a new engine program, a new sponsor program will also be announced closer to the Daytona event.

"Sponsor hunting has been quite a bear for everyone, but we have kept moving along in hopes of making that perfect connection," stated Crafton.

Speedweeks schedule for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is as follows. All practice times along with up-to-the-minute qualifying results can be found on www.nascar.com and www.truckseries.com. The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (100-lap race) will be televised live on ESPN, Friday, Feb. 15 starting at 1:00 p.m. Radio coverage on MRN radio will begin at 12:30 p.m.

2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck - daily schedule for DAYTONA

Sunday, February 10th
-- Team haulers move into Daytona International Speedway and tech inspection begins

Monday, February 11th
-- Teams draw for qualifying order at 8:00 a.m.
--Trucks practice from 8:30 - 9:55 a.m.
--Trucks practice from 11:50 - 12:50 p.m.
--Trucks practice following the 2nd round of Winston Cup qualifying at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12th
--Trucks practice from 8:45 - 9:55 a.m.
--Truck QUALIFYING starts at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13th
--Trucks practice from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
--Trucks practice from 11:05 - 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 14th
--Trucks practice from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Friday, February 15th
-- Florida Dodge Dealers 250 starts at 1:00 p.m.

-smr/jr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton