Nashville: Matt Crafton Thursday notes

LEBANAON, Tenn. - Matt Crafton posted the 10th-fastest time in practice for the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series event at the Nashville Superspeedway Thursday, August 7. The race, along with qualifying, is on the docket Friday, August...

LEBANAON, Tenn. - Matt Crafton posted the 10th-fastest time in practice for the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series event at the Nashville Superspeedway Thursday, August 7. The race, along with qualifying, is on the docket Friday, August 8 at the 1.333-mile concrete oval.

Crafton's fastest lap in the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado was 31.260 seconds (153.512 miles per hour). Jason Leffler led the practice at 30.821/155.699.

"I feel pretty good about what we accomplished in this hour tonight," Crafton said. "We're a lot closer to the front than we've been in our other two trips here."

In 2001, Crafton qualified 14th for this event. He finished 25th due to engine failure in that race. Last year, the started 22nd and finished 18th, four laps behind the leader.

Despite the improved performance in Thursday's practice, Crafton still isn't a fan of the facility.

"I still don't like this track," he said. "There's absolutely no grip here. None. You get outside the groove and you could really go for a ride."

Another practice session is slated for Friday morning. Qualifying is Friday afternoon and the eighth annual Federated Auto Parts 200 takes the green flag at 9 p.m. EDT. The race is slated for telecast on SpeedChannel and broadcast on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Matt Crafton