Sandusky, Ohio (March 5, 2001) - For Matt Crafton and the SealMaster Racing ...
Sandusky, Ohio (March 5, 2001) - For Matt Crafton and the SealMaster Racing #88 Chevrolet Silverado the weekend was good. Not the finish they would have hoped for however a solid showing of superior racing which with a full set of tires and a gallon of gas might just have taken them to victory circle.
"We ruined a set of tires early in the race when I spun out," stated Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck. "NASCAR ruled they were ok to use so we had to use that set later in the race. With fresh tires we were competitive, however with the bald tires we just didn't have any grip."
Being third fastest in practice, then 5th fastest in happy hour the team felt they were prepared to win the race. However a faulty spark plug dampened the mood a bit during qualifying resulting in a 15th place start for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400k at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We drew the 4th qualifying position so in a rush we mistakenly overlooked a faulty plug," stated Jerry Cook, crew chief of the No. 88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck. "Once Matt was on the track he had to do the best he could on 7 cylinders. We were pleased with 15th and knew we'd be able to make up for that during the race."
Race results report Crafton completed 164 of 167 laps, finishing 26th.
Crafton's next race will be in near his hometown of Tulare, California. The Orchard Supply Hardware 250 takes place at Mesa Marin Raceway (Bakersfield) on Saturday March 17. Television coverage will start at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.