Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Zecol Chevrolet Silverado Preview: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway Sandusky, Oh. (May 11, 2010) -- Matt Crafton has had a love-hate relationship with Dover International Speedway. Crafton thoroughly enjoys...
Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Zecol Chevrolet Silverado Preview: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway
Sandusky, Oh. (May 11, 2010) -- Matt Crafton has had a love-hate relationship with Dover International Speedway. Crafton thoroughly enjoys all that racing at Dover brings, from the leisurely drive from North Carolina to Delaware in his motorcoach, to the activities found in the area surrounding the track, to the competition on the speedway. But, he's also felt the bite of the Monster Mile, and it's not something he's anxious to repeat anytime soon.
Do you have some unfinished business after coming so close to victory at Dover last year? "I thought we had a truck that could have won last year. But we were running with (Ron) Hornaday for the championship and couldn't gamble like some of the others did. Brian Scott didn't take any tires on the last caution and he ended up winning. Johnny (Sauter) took two and he ended up fifth right in front of us. We were in a position where we had to take four just because of the points deal."
What stands out more, the good runs and solid finishes at Dover, or finding out how hard the walls are there? "To me, Dover is what racing is all about. The groove will move up as the race goes on and it opens up the options for the drivers. But the other side is I've had a couple of the hardest hits of my career there. After the one in 2002 I saw about three of everything for a week. If we can come out of there with a win it would definitely help erase some of those bad memories, but we don't spend a lot of time thinking about them as it is."
How do you rate your team's performance over the first quarter of the season? "Right now we're running as well as we ever have as a team. I think in the first five races we've qualified in the top three every week except Daytona and even there we were in the top ten. My guys haven't let it get to them; they know it's just some bad luck. Hopefully we've gotten all of our bad luck out of the way for this season and we'll and go get us some wins."
Zecol on the hood for only 2010 appearance: Zecol will be in the hood of the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet this week at Dover. Zecol produces de-icers, including Incredible Orange Anti-Ice kit which is sprayed onto surfaces prior to a storm to prevent snow and ice build up and is rated to -27 degrees Fahrenheit, radiator sealers, anti-freeze, and Purple Power windshield washer fluid.
Matt at Dover: Matt Crafton has nine previous NCWTS starts at Dover International Speedway with one top-five finish and four top-ten finishes. His best finish was fifth in 2008; his average start is 20.4 and his average finish is 16.4. He has completed 1,468 of a possible 1,800 competition laps (81.6%) and has led 3 laps.