Kentucky: Matt Crafton preview

Matt Crafton Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling in Kentucky HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 2004) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series (NCTS) veers towards Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the 11th race on the 2004 NCTS schedule, the Built Ford Tough...

Matt Crafton
Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling in Kentucky

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 2004) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series (NCTS) veers towards Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the 11th race on the 2004 NCTS schedule, the Built Ford Tough 225. Crafton looks to keep his momentum rolling after tying his career best finish of fifth last Saturday in Kansas City, Kan. The Tulare, Calif., native continues to close in on his first truck series win during his best year since he arrived on the circuit in 2001.

In his last three attempts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, he has one top-10 and two finishes outside the top-15. Not to worry, the 28-year old faced a similar track record last weekend in Kansas. Having already compiled two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 10 races this year, Crafton is back to fifth in the NCTS championship points race and only looks to be getting stronger.

"Last year I had a really good Chevrolet package," comments Crafton. "I was the fastest in practice, qualified eighth, and finished seventh. Now, I am heading there with Kevin Harvick Inc.'s new truck team and support from GM Goodwrench. It is only a matter of time before I bring home my first truck series win. You can only knock on the door so long before it opens."

Hopefully the door will be open for Crafton and Team GM Goodwrench when they hit the banks in Kentucky. A win on Saturday would further solidify their spot in the points race and give all of them one of a couple things they don't already have this season.

No. 6 GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton on Kentucky...

After your top-five run last week, how excited are you to head to Kentucky?

"I am really looking forward to taking the GM Goodwrench Chevy to Kentucky this weekend. Out of all the mile-and-a-half race tracks, this one is by far my most favorite. It fits my driving style the best. You can go search for the line that suits you the most. If your truck is not working on the bottom you can move up one or two more grooves to find your line."

We hear Wally Rogers made a deal with the team.

"Yeah, Wally had made a deal with the guys that if I didn't tear up the GM Goodwrench Chevy last weekend they could have Monday off to enjoy the rest of the Fourth of July holiday. So I didn't tear it up and the guys had a deserving day off yesterday and will have the truck primed and ready to go to Kentucky. I will be in the same truck that just brought me my fifth place finish at Kansas last weekend, so I am pretty psyched."

No. 6 GM Goodwrench crew chief Wally Rogers on Kentucky...

How is Kentucky Speedway?

"Kentucky has changed quite a bit. It is not as smooth as it used to be. It is a little more bumpy, so it kind of makes it more of a chassis track now, where as before you could focus more on horsepower. I am really looking forward to going there and we are taking the same GM Goodwrench truck we just took to Kansas. Matt really likes the truck and it seems to respond well during the race, so we are going to race it again. We just need to be a little better when we unload so we can be better in practice and ultimately the race. I made a deal with the guys that if we finished in the top-five last weekend and if the truck was not tore up, that I would give them Monday off to enjoy the rest of the Fourth of July. That is what happened and now the guys are rested and back in the shop getting chassis No.004 ready for Kentucky."

Points of Interest...

* Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No.004 to Kentucky Speedway for this weekend's 225-mile race. This chassis helped bring home Crafton's most recent fifth place finish at Kansas Speedway last Saturday and his fifth top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

* In 2004, Matt Crafton has seen his career-best start and career-best finish take place in a matter of 10 events. His career-best start of fourth came in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway and he just tied his career-best finish of fifth at Kansas Speedway last weekend. His other fifth place finish came in March at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* In 2004, Crafton's average starting and finishing positions have decreased substantially since he began in the series in 2001. He has improved his average starts to 13.1 and his average finishes have improved to 10.8.

* Start time for Saturday's Built Ford Tough 225 presented by Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 150-lap event on SPEED starts at 8:00 p.m., with radio coverage on MRN beginning at 7:30 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