Mansfield: GM Racing preview

MATT CRAFTON AND OHIO-BASED NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO TEAM CARRY MOMENTUM TO MANSFIELD MOTORSPORTS PARK: * Crafton scored career-first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway * Victory moved Crafton to fourth in...


* Crafton scored career-first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway

* Victory moved Crafton to fourth in the NCTS point standings

* Mansfield Motorsports Park is hometown track for Crafton's Sandusky, Ohio-based ThorSport Racing Silverado team Nine (9) members of the team are Ohio natives


* Silverado drivers have scored two wins in 2008

* Chevrolet currently leads the Manufacturers' Championship standings with six races in the books

* Ron Hornaday is the current point standings leader; has one victory to-date

* Most race victories: 132 (of 317 possible 1995-2007)

* Most manufacturers championships: Six of 13 (1995-98, 2002, 2005)

* Most drivers championships: Nine of 13 (1995-1999, 2001-03, 2007)

* Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, and Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado, are both three-time NCTS champions

* Other Silverado driver champions
Travis Kvapil - '03
Mike Bliss - '02
Mike Skinner - '95


* Silverado drivers have won three (3) of the four previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races held at Mansfield Motorsports Park (MMP)

* Three time NCTS champion Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Camping World Silverado won at MMP in '06 and sat on the pole in '05

* Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado and three-time NCTS champion, won the inaugural NCTS race at MMP in '04 EVENT FACTS:


* MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "Mansfield is our backyard track, a place where we'd like nothing better than to special as it was to win in Charlotte, it would mean so much to win at our home track in Mansfield. So many of our guys are from the surrounding area, so we'll have lots of friends and family out there cheering us on, and you don't want to disappoint them. It's all about track position at Mansfield, very difficult to pass anybody. The fans at Mansfield just go crazy...they give us tremendous support there, make us feel like rock stars. It's an awesome atmosphere. We're coming in riding the momentum of some strong finishes and our win last week, but we're gonna have to fight for everything we get at Mansfield. We'll try to stay patient and stay out of the messes that will happen and try to be there again at the end.

* CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO (FINISHED SECOND BEHIND CRAFTON AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY): Randy, Gene and all the MRD guys have been working really hard to continue to improve our short track program. We have been doing alot of different things to try and prepare for Mansfield. I really feel alot more confident going into this weekend than I have in the past at short tracks. We made a great amount of improvement at Martinsville with our Silverado but unfortunately didn't get to show it because of a mechanical problem. Hopefully we can show that improvement at Mansfield.

"I was obviously extremely excited about second-place but kind of bitter sweet because that close to first win. Congratulations to Matt Crafton and them guys. They've been building momentum at this track for so long and not getting it so congratulations to them. Got to thank the good Lord above, we were moving through a lot of traffic there, bouncing off walls and all kinds of stuff, still to come home second like I said that's just more momentum for these guys at MRD."

* RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "At Mansfield you have a little bit of beating and banging, but not as much as you do at Martinsville. It's flat, but when you have a good truck you can run the bottom or the top of the track."

"Mansfield is a town that likes their racing. The speedway has added more grandstands, and the fans are really loyal. It's tracks like Mansfield that have really supported the Truck Series."

* JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO: Mansfield is a short track just like I grew up on. I have the most experience with these types of tracks and I am most comfortable racing at these venues. A lot of my success can be attributed to pit strategy. We have always had great pit stops and been able to make the right calls when it came to Mansfield.

"Qualifying is very critical here. This place is so small and passing is so tough that a good qualifying effort can set you up to have a great day."

* SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 THORSPORT RACING SILVERADO: "I'd love to get my first top-10 finish at Mansfield...these guys have been working real hard for me, and it would be a great reward to get our best finish at our home track. Track position is everything here...nobody gives an inch. The fans in Ohio look forward to this race all year, and they really let us know how much they enjoy having the Truck Series visit...they treat the drivers like kings. It adds extra excitement being at our home track, less than an hour from our shop. There's just an electricity in the air."

* BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 SHARK ENERGY DRINK/ALBERTSONS SILVERADO: I have run at Mansfield before in a Hooters Pro Cup car and had a really good experience. We qualified on the outside pole, led a bunch of laps, got black flagged for jumping a restart about halfway through the race and had to go to the back. Mansfield is notorious for being a really hard place to pass but we had a really good car. I just adapted to the track really well and we came from all the way in the back up to 5th or 6th. We had a really good showing there and I'm excited about going back.

"Any time you've run somewhere before it certainly helps. You're in something that's drastically different like a modified or something like that. So I do have a little familiarity with the track, which is really nice for me considering most of the places we go, I've never been there before.

- credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil