Matt Crafton Gets Career-Best Second Place Finish at Martinsville Martinsville, VA - In a typical wild and woolly finish at Martinsville, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, threaded the needle through a multi-truck wreck in turn four on the...
Matt Crafton Gets Career-Best Second Place Finish at Martinsville
Martinsville, VA - In a typical wild and woolly finish at Martinsville, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, threaded the needle through a multi-truck wreck in turn four on the last lap of the Kroger 250 to score a career-best second place finish.
Ron Hornaday,, No. 33 VFW Silverado, recovered from losing valuable track position to repair minor damage after contact inflicted damage to the tailgate to finish eighth. The defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion is third in the standings, just 65 points behind the leader.
Two rookie drivers scored their career-best finishes at Martinsville with Donny Lia, No. 71 Austismspeaks.org Silverado finishing ninth and Scott Speed, No. 46 Red Bull Silverado in 10th place.
Pole sitter Jack Sprague, No. 2 Camping World/RVS.com Silverado, was involved in a multi-truck incident on lap 137 ending his chances for victory. Sprague finished 24th and sits 15th in the standings.
SCOTT SPEED, NO. 46 REDBULL SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 17TH, FINISHED 10TH:
ON TODAY'S RACE: "In the beginning I was a bit worried. I mean, I was getting abused like, well, they were taking advantage of me out there. I remember at some point around lap 120 or so, we had a restart and we started making spots. Started getting in to guys just a little bit.
"You have to remember that it is really hard to get my brain around the fact that I can touch something and not rip a corner of the car off. So, it took a while to realize 'You know what, I can get in there on the inside if I touch them it is ok, there is a bit of a cushion. Knowing that, knowing the walls is all right, they are your friend. I haven't touched anything in a stock car or truck until the day. In qualifying I ticked the wall just a bit in qualifying.
"To realize that you can touch something, to get that in to my mentality that is going to take a while, but we made a great big step forward here."
ON HOW HE MANAGED HIS PATIENCE DURING THE RACE TODAY: "The patience part honestly, that, and being smart and thinking is the best part of my game anyway. I have always not been the most aggressive one. So, for me this track plays in to my personality. The hard part is to know, to figure out which guys are nuts and which guys are crazy (LAUGHS)."
ON DEFINING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NUTS AND CRAZY: (LAUGHS) Absolutely! There are a couple guys out there that are just nuts. On a different planet and some of them are just crazy. I don't know (LAUGHS)!"
ON BIGGEST THING HE LEARNED TODAY: "It is more about my thought process going in and what I think is close. You have to remember that in the past when I go in to the corner behind a car, I am expecting naturally a bunch of downforce to come off so I go in to the corner easy. Just to get around the lack of downforce and the fact I can go in there behind them and the car/truck is going to stick, I can touch them and nothing is going to fall off, it is obvious and most will say of course you can, it takes a while before it gets ingrained in you. It is coming for sure, but it is still going to be a little bit more before I feel really comfortable that I am not racing a Formula One car and I am in a truck, you know what I mean."
ON LIKING SHORT TRACK RACING: "I like this a lot, besides the fact that everyone just runs in to each other. The corners, by myself, I really like, I like using the brakes. I think braking is part of racing. Normally you don't use so much at places like Atlanta. That was fun for me, although our brakes were actually the worst part of our truck today but we will get that better. Just because I got to use them, had to play with brake balance on the restart. It added a variable in there that you don't normally see in like at Atlanta or the superspeedways."
JACK SPRAGUE NO. 2 RVS.COM CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 1ST, FINISHED 24TH:
"I really hate it for all these guys. We worked so hard on this truck. We came and tested here and were really optimistic about our chances. I messed up on the first stop, but this team is determined and we would have gotten it back had we not been involved in that incident. It stinks because we are really starting to turn things around with this truck, but we can't get this monkey off our back. I'm really proud of this team and everyone at KHI for putting good equipment under me each and every week. One of these weeks we are going to get some luck along with these fast trucks we've had and end up in victory lane. I'm just really disappointed."
-credit: gm racing