MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/MCGUIRE-NICHOLAS SILVERADO, POLE SITTER: "Our truck is very very good. It is obviously the best thing I have ever driven here. I don't say that very often. I can honestly say that. I have had good trucks in the past...
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/MCGUIRE-NICHOLAS SILVERADO, POLE SITTER:
"Our truck is very very good. It is obviously the best thing I have ever driven here. I don't say that very often. I can honestly say that. I have had good trucks in the past but this is the best truck I have ever driven, especially on a mile and a half track. Hopefully, it will be as good tomorrow night. Hopefully the demons won't come out that we always joke about.
"I am ecstatic. These guys, they went back after Las Vegas...we have run this truck quite a bit. We finished second to our teammate (Johnny Sauter, winner at Las Vegas)...they went to work on it. They weren't satisfied that we finished second and having ThorSport one-two. They wanted us one-two with the No. 88 in the front. They cut part of the body off on this thing and went to work and made it better.
"I don't think the track changed too much from day practice to night qualifying. Maybe it gained a little bit of overall grip, but everybody slowed down. I know I slowed down about a tenth, actually a little over a tenth from what we were in qualifying trim during practice earlier. I don't know. We'll see what everybody else does.
"We just need to keep that yellow Menards Chevy up front all day. The goal is to lead the most laps and win the race and get the most points and go on to Phoenix and see what we can do there. We have a really really good truck.
"The one we have for Phoenix is as well. They have done a lot of work on it as well. Really excited about Phoenix. That place is kind of like home to me, so really looking forward to going there as well."
"The truck has been just awesome since we rolled off the trailer. Ran a five-lap run right off in practice and was just ecstatic with the truck. As crazy as it might sound, I think I have a better race truck than I do a qualifying truck. Very very happy with it, both in race trim and then when we put it in qualifying trim, it was really good as well. It will be an exciting race."
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT WHERE RON HORNADAY IS STARTING?
"I have no idea where he is starting, I haven't looked. I'm worried about what the No. 88 Menards truck is doing. Just try to lead as many laps as we can and win the race and get the most post points we can and don't worry about what he is doing. If you do, you start looking over your shoulder and start making mistakes. We just have to go out there and capitalize, like I said lead as many laps as we can."
HOW MUCH IS GETTING A WIN WEIGHING ON YOUR MIND?
"It is definitely weighing on my mind. I feel like I should have won a couple of races, a couple of them have been taken from me. We have been very very fast. It has definitely been tough. I mean, we still have that goose egg in that win column. I can say it all day like that I feel like I should have had one or two or three, but coulda, shoulda, woulda is not getting me any. . So we have to go out there and get them in the last three."
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