Matt Crafton Daytona test notes 2003-01-12

Crafton solid in Daytona tests. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The light of day was turning into hazy night as Matt Crafton gathered his helmet, gloves and ear plugs and began walking across the paddock at the Daytona International Speedwayhad ...

Crafton solid in Daytona tests.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The light of day was turning into hazy night as Matt Crafton gathered his helmet, gloves and ear plugs and began walking across the paddock at the Daytona International Speedwayhad Sunday, January 12. Minutes earlier, Crafton had been driving the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet at more than 180 miles per hour around the 2.5-mile oval.

By the time the darkness had set in, Crafton and the SealMaster Racing team would be heading back to its Ohio base to make more preparations for next month's 2003 NASCAR Truck Series season-opener at the Daytona track.

"I'm ready now. Let's race!" Crafton said. "After sitting around a couple of months, it feels great to get out there, get in the draft and pass people. Wish we were racing later this week rather than next month."

Crafton ended the day running the ninth-fastest lap among the truck participating in a drafting session. His best lap was 49.582 second (181.517 miles per hour). Rick Crawford ran the fastest lap of the session at (48.241/186.53).

Although another day of testing remains, Crafton and the SealMaster team are returning to Ohio ready to act on knowledge gained in two days of testing.

"We've learned about all we're going to learn this weekend with this truck," Crafton said. "We feel like we're better off getting back to the shop and spending an extra day working to make some changes before we go to Talladega in 10 days."

Truck test sessions continue at the Daytona oval through Monday, January 13. The 2003 NASCAR Truck Series campaign begins Friday, February 14 with a race at the Daytona track.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Matt Crafton