Milwaukee: Matt Crafton preview

Crafton Carries Top 10 Momentum To The Milwaukee Mile HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 22, 2004) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series (NCTS) returns to the historic Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, Friday, June 25 for the Black Cat Fireworks 200...

Crafton Carries Top 10 Momentum To The Milwaukee Mile

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 22, 2004) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series (NCTS) returns to the historic Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, Friday, June 25 for the Black Cat Fireworks 200 with an added twist. Lights have been installed at the one-mile paved oval that was originally used for a horse farm to train and race thoroughbreds. The Truck Series is set to run under the lights for the first time.

GM Goodwrench and their horsepower are no strangers to the history behind The Mile having run in the truck series from 1995-1999 with former NCTS champion Mike Skinner and Wisconsin native Jay Sauter. Over this five-year span GM Goodwrench compiled one pole, one win, two top-5, and four top-10 finishes in the truck series at The Milwaukee Mile.

The longest running sponsorship in NASCAR history now has Matt Crafton behind the wheel in the truck series, driving for NEXTEL Cup star Kevin Harvick's KHI team. Crafton will be carrying the momentum of top-10 finishes in his last two series starts and two ninth place finishes in his three previous appearances at the one-mile paved oval.

The Tulare, California native is looking to use this momentum to continue the favorable relationship between GM Goodwrench and Milwaukee's mile and to bring home his first truck series win in the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado.

2 No. 6 GM Goodwrench driver Matt Crafton on the Milwaukee Mile.

3 How do you like racing on a flat one-mile track compared to the banks at Dover?

"The Milwaukee Mile is definitely more of a flat race track with no more than 10 degrees of banking compared to the Monster Mile. I like racing on banked tracks but the flat mile at Milwaukee really brings out the best in a driver. The track has one groove in the beginning and then tends to widen out for some exciting two wide racing. The corners are long so I will need to focus on rolling into the corners smoothly to carry my speed throughout."

4 Did you get to spend any time with your dad on Fathers Day?

"I took my dad to out to dinner and had some things painted for the inside of his truck. Getting to hang out with dad is always good. He lives about an hour away from me in Mooresville, N.C. so I usually go down once or twice a week to have dinner with him. But it was nice to be home on Fathers Day to spend the whole day with him."

4.1 No. 6 GM Goodwrench crew chief Wally Rogers on the Milwaukee Mile.

5 How different is the Milwaukee Mile compared to the other two one-mile tracks you visit?

"Dover has a lot of banking. Phoenix has some banking, but what makes Phoenix so unique are the three distinct turns it has. The Milwaukee Mile, however, is really cool because it has so much history behind it. It has been there a while and racing at a place with so much history just adds another element to the big picture. It is a hard place to get a hold of from a chassis standpoint because it is usually hot and the trucks tend to slip and slide. Obviously running under the lights should allow for some cooler track temperatures. The corners are so long and it is hard to get the truck to be perfect there. We are taking the same truck we ran at Memphis. Everything with the truck will be the same except for the right side we had to cut off due to a late run in with the wall at Memphis. Our truck should be just as strong at The Milwaukee Mile as it was last week."

6 Did you get to spend any time with your dad on Fathers Day?

"Actually my dad just went through surgery this last weekend after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer about two months ago. So I guess my Fathers Day gift to him were my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and to hopefully have all the cancer removed. He is a tough man so I know he will overcome this."

( Start time for this Friday nights 200 lap event is 9:00 p.m. EST. TV coverage will begin on SPEED at 9:00 p.m. EST, with radio coverage on MRN beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. Remember dates and times of the race may change so check your local listings.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jay Sauter , Matt Crafton