Sandusky, Oh. (June 2, 2010) - Sandusky, Oh. (June 2, 2010) -- With two consecutive second-place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway behind him, Matt Crafton heads back to the Lone Star State with one goal in mind: bettering those finishes by one ...
Sandusky, Oh. (June 2, 2010) - Sandusky, Oh. (June 2, 2010) -- With two consecutive second-place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway behind him, Matt Crafton heads back to the Lone Star State with one goal in mind: bettering those finishes by one position in Friday night's WinStar World Casino 400.
What do you need to do as a team to get that one position you needed after last year's dual second-place finishes? "Last year we had the truck to beat in both races but things outside of our control got us. In the first race the pit rules got us because we had to come down pit road for tires and then fuel on the last stop and the Toyotas only came for tires. I had to come from seventh with about 30 laps to go and by the time I cleared all the traffic Todd Bodine was too far out to catch. In November we had to make an extra pitstop for tires because the pace truck ran over some debris and it cut down our left rear tire. If we can eliminate all that stuff and deal with only what's inside of our control we should have a really good chance at winning."
How happy are you to go back to more traditional pit road procedures? "I am super happy about it because we lost at least three races last year because of the two-stop rules. It's one thing if everyone has to make one pit stop and can take tires and add fuel because you only have to come down pit road once. It's the losing time to come down pit road again that hurts in that situation. The Chevrolet engine makes great power but it doesn't get the mileage the Toyota engine does so those guys could skip fuel and only take tires, which is what happened at Texas last summer and cost us the race. But going back to the old rules evens up the playing field again which is all we're asking for as competitors."
How does TMS rate for you as a driver? "I love racing at Texas. It's big and fast and there are a few grooves to choose from. When I first raced there in 2001 it was still pretty much a one groove track but now that the pavement has aged the groove has widened out and you can run anywhere from the white line all the way up next to the wall. It's one of the best tracks we go to all season long."