Matt Crafton Finishes Fifth in Menards/Energizer Silverado Brooklyn, MI - Matt Crafton started sixth, ran in the top-five for all of the 100-lap, 200-mile and finished a strong fifth place in the No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado at Michigan ...
Matt Crafton Finishes Fifth in Menards/Energizer Silverado
Brooklyn, MI - Matt Crafton started sixth, ran in the top-five for all of the 100-lap, 200-mile and finished a strong fifth place in the No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado at Michigan International Speedway. The strong run was the Tulare, CA native's second top-five and fifth top-10 finish in the 10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races run thus far in 2006. Crafton moved to eighth in the series' point standings.
Ron Hornaday brought the No.33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado to the checkered in the seventh position followed by Dennis Setzer in the No. 85 E85 Flex Fuel Silverado.
Johnny Benson (Toyota) captured his first-ever NCTS victory followed by Mark Martin (Ford), Bobby Labonte (Dodge) and Todd Bodine (Toyota) in fourth.
Manufacturers' standings following today's race are:
Toyota 73 points 5 wins
Ford 64 points 3 wins
Chevrolet 47 points 2 wins
Dodge 34 points 0 wins
MIKE BLISS, No. 16, IWX Motor Freight Silverado, Qualified 18th, Finished 14th:
They didn't give you enough green flags to do anything with. Yeah, we had to pit early because we had debris on the front end. It got real, real hot but the truck was fast today. It was loose at one point and we tightened it up but it was fast all day. We had everything happen that happened, you know. At the end I got in to that spin there, oh well. It was a bad but a good day. We recovered and came back."
DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 Shell Rotella T Silverado, Qualified 10th, Finished 8th:
"We worked hard today. Guys did a great job in the pits, got us a few spots here and there. We were just a little tight a bit early out there. We were up on top of the track and never quite got that under us. We helped that tightness a little bit but we never got where we needed to be as far as total grip. We were still searching a little bit. We were an eighth- to tenth place truck; we need to be better than that. We need to be a first- to tenth-place truck and get a couple wins along the way. Milwaukee is another great place for us; we ran really good there last year and we're taking a different truck this year. We wrecked that other truck a few months ago and hadn't got it repaired yet. We'll take an old truck out of the fleet and see how that does, but that's better than the truck we had last year."
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 6th, Finished 5th:
"I can't thank these guys enough. They made a bunch of changes this morning. Wasn't really that happy with it yesterday and then happy hour; we ended up ninth on the sheet. We weren't happy with it. Made quite a few changes to it today and qualified sixth, then ran in the top five all day. It just took our truck about five or ten laps to get going and they would always gang up on me. About three would get by me. I wasn't liking the real short runs there on the end, but all in all, top five. I definitely think we'd a had a top-three truck if we would have had some more green-flag runs. When we had about 30 to go, we were hoping to go the rest of the way green. The cautions hurt us a little bit. I just held her to the floor on the last two laps and see what we had. I've never had a top five the last four or five years we've been here. This place has been a nemesis to me so I'm glad to have a top five.
RON HORNADAY JR., No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado, Qualified 8th, Finished 7th:
"We had a great truck today, we were fast all race long. I thought we had at least a top-three to top-five finish for sure but had a near miss with another truck close to the finish and we lost some spots. Not a bad points day for our KHI Silverado team, and we still have the fenders on the truck."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., No. 51 Bowen Family Homes Silverado, Qualified 36th, Finished 34th:
"It was a lot of fun. We were gonna be in okay shape. I could get up front on the restarts and I could go real fast for a lap or two. The truck was real, real loose all day. The same thing we've been fighting all weekend. But we had a lot of fun out there and I tried to do a good job for them guys and we were looking like gonna be getting a top ten with a truck that wasn't very good. Ritchie (Wauters) and them guys never gave up. They made huge, huge adjustments from the time the race started till the end and then got ran into there at the end and got a left rear flat."
Good experience for tomorrow?
"I don't know, the track is really, really slick. I kind of found the grooves and figured out what each lane did to the balance of my truck. It's good for tomorrow but mostly it was just fun. I got to thank Billy Ballew and Ritchie Wauters and all them guys for letting me do it and I wish we could have done a little better."
KRAIG KINSER, No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado, Qualified 19th, Finished 22nd:
You didn't get enough laps there at the end to race on anything:
"Actually, we had a good truck; we just made some bad decisions the last couple restarts - kept going back, back. Kept getting blocked behind cars. But we had a good truck today, we probably had a top-15 truck and we finished 22nd."
That's part of the learning curve.
"It's better than we've had here the last couple weeks so we can walk out of here halfway happy."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 13th, Finished 36th:
"We cut a right front tire and brushed the wall before there was even 10 laps down in the race. It just went from bad to worse after that. We had a bad rub when I went back out and almost blew another tire so we had to go to the garage to fix the different bent and broken parts in the front suspension. It is just so disappointing for everyone on the Spears Silverado team because we just can't seem to get any rhythm going. We just have to shake if off and head to Milwaukee."