Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Fishers Chevrolet Silverado Express Notes: New Hampshire Sandusky, Oh. (September 14, 2010) -- Although he has become on of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' leading drivers on the high-banked intermediate ...
Matt Crafton No. 88 Menards/Fishers Chevrolet Silverado Express Notes: New Hampshire
Sandusky, Oh. (September 14, 2010) -- Although he has become on of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' leading drivers on the high-banked intermediate speedways, Matt Crafton always enjoys returning to the flat tracks. The flat mile at New Hampshire Motor Speedway gives Crafton and the No. 88 team a comfort level and some expectations of success.
You have had some previous success at New Hampshire, does that raise the expectations when you go back? "We got our first pole there in 2005 and we finished fourth there last year. We've had some really good runs there. Whenever you have a track that you've had those kind of runs in the past you think you should be at least able to go back and do it again. We're thinking we can at least go back and run in the top five and probably even better."
What's the biggest challenge at New Hampshire? "To me it's the track itself. It's tough to really run side-by-side. They've made it a lot better when they reconfigured it but there is really only one preferred groove. It's tough because you can have a better truck and you might have to sit and ride behind someone for a while until he makes a mistake. The challenge is to stay patient and not do anything to get you caught up in a wreck trying to make something happen."
How does the shorter race change your strategy? "The race will only be 25 laps shorter, so it's not like they changed it into a sprint race like we had at Pocono. You still have to manage tires and stay up on fuel mileage, depending on how the cautions come out. Even at 175 laps, it's still a long race. You need to get to lap 125 and be somewhere near the front so you can race to win over the final 50 laps."