Sandusky, Oh. (June 7, 2010) -- Matt Crafton has had a season's worth of racing misfortune in the first eight races of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. However, that bad luck hasn't disheartened him or his team as they head to...
Sandusky, Oh. (June 7, 2010) -- Matt Crafton has had a season's worth of racing misfortune in the first eight races of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. However, that bad luck hasn't disheartened him or his team as they head to the Irish Hills of Michigan for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
How do you handle the rough luck that's started the season? "It would be one thing if we were running horrible and get wrecked running around in the back. But we've been really fast every week, it's just things outside of our control happening that take us out. Last year it seemed no matter what happened we'd recover from it and finish in the top five, and even if we didn't finish that high we were still in the top ten. But we aren't looking back and thinking what if. We're focused on the races in front of us and doing all we can do to get into victory lane."
Is Michigan a place you look forward to going to? "We all love racing at Michigan. It's wide and fast and now that I've finally figured out how to run there we've had a lot of success there. It took me a few years to figure out how to race at Michigan. And now that it's had some years on the pavement it's almost like Atlanta where the tires wear and you slip and slide and that's what I like about it."
Do you work on your setup to race in multiple grooves at Michigan or does it just seem to happen on its own? "We don't purposely work on the setup to race around the high groove. The last couple of times we went to Michigan we struggled to make the truck work up top. But no matter what your plan is there you always seem to move up off the white line and up the track. I think we learned some stuff at Texas last week by running around the top groove that could help us at Michigan this week too. Michigan is a little bigger and the turns are a little more sweeping than some of the other intermediate tracks but the same basic setup transfers over. We'll take what we learned last week and try to apply it for this week too."
Matt Racing in the Midwest: Crafton already has one top five finish in the books before the NCWTS gets its annual tour of the Midwest started. Three weeks ago Crafton finished fourth in the ARCA Racing Series Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway, which is located just about an hour southeast of MIS. Crafton will jump back aboard the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Control/Menards car during the ARCA/NCWTS doubleheader at Iowa Speedway on July 10 and 11.