Rear End Failure Spoils Run Crafton 35th in Kentucky All-Pro Race SANDUSKY, Ohio - A mid-race mechanical failure spoiled Matt Crafton's debut in the NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro (NGAPS) Series , but it couldn't make the 25-year-old California native...
Rear End Failure Spoils Run
Crafton 35th in Kentucky All-Pro Race
SANDUSKY, Ohio - A mid-race mechanical failure spoiled Matt Crafton's debut in the NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro (NGAPS) Series , but it couldn't make the 25-year-old California native feel bad about his first weekend at the Kentucky Speedway.
"We didn't end up getting the type of finish that we wanted, but we did accomplish our No. 1 goal, to get experience on this race track," Crafton said. "By being here and running the All-Pro race, I think we'll be ahead of the game when we come back next month in the truck."
Crafton is currently competing full-time on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). He is 10th in the NCTS point standings and has finished among the top-10 in five of nine races. Crafton is third in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. His venture to Kentucky Speedway in the NGAPS was a tune-up for the NCTS event at the track in July.
"I really learned a lot about the race track," Crafton said. "The car and the truck are so different, there's little we can transfer as far as set ups and such. However, the track is the same for both vehicles. I learned enough about the track to feel like I'll be well prepared when we come back in a few weeks."
Crafton will hope for better fortune on his next Kentucky visit. He finished 35th in the Lexington Herald-Leader 150 NGAPS event Friday, June 15. He started 19th in the race. After being shuffled back outside the top 25 early in the race, he hooked up in a draft with NGAPS veterans Wayne Anderson and Steven Howard. The trio was racing toward the front when the rear end in Crafton's Ford Taurus failed. Anderson eventually finished second to race-winner Jeff Fultz. Howard was fifth.
"I think we had too much down force in the body to run really fast here," Crafton said. "But the car was good in the draft. I think we could have run right up into the top 10 with the pack we were in, but it didn't happen."
After the rear end failure, Crafton's car suffered more damage as the track crew loaded it for a return to the garage area. That damage, combined with a heavy truck-racing schedule in coming weeks, may scuttle Crafton's plan to run the NGAPS event in South Boston, Va. July 3.
Crafton's next race is the NCTS Memphis 200 at the Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday, June 23.