SANDUSKY, Ohio - Matt Crafton, the 2000 champion of the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series (NFSS), is scheduled to make his NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro Series (NGAPS) debut in the Kentucky 150 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. Friday, June 15,...
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Matt Crafton, the 2000 champion of the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series (NFSS), is scheduled to make his NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro Series (NGAPS) debut in the Kentucky 150 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. Friday, June 15, it was announced Tuesday. Crafton has entered a Ford Taurus in the event. The car, sponsored by Fast Track Driveway Sealer, carries the No. 42 and is prepared by Crafton Motorsports.
Crafton is currently competing full-time on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). He is 10th in the NCTS point standings with finishes among the top-10 in five consecutive races. Crafton is third in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
"I'm excited about racing in the Gatorade All-Pro Series and at Kentucky Speedway," said Crafton. "This type of car is a lot of fun to race. Kentucky Speedway looks like the kind of track that I'll enjoy as well. All in all, I expect to have a great time in the Kentucky 150."
Despite no previous experience is the NGAPS, Crafton is very familiar with the type of race car used in the series. The NGAPS and NFSS are two of four NASCAR touring series that use the same rules. Crafton has made 72 career NFSS starts. He has four career victories in that series, including two in his championship-winning 2000 campaign.
By competing in the Kentucky 150, he'll gain experience on the Kentucky Speedway in advance of the NCTS visit to the track in July.
"It's hard to say how much running the car at Kentucky will help when we come back with the truck," Crafton said. "The two are so different, it's not likely that much will transfer.
"If nothing else, I'll at least get to learn where the track is and how to get there from the hotel. I made a wrong turn last week trying to get to the track at Dover and almost missed the rookie meeting!"
Crafton has made two starts this season in the NFSS. He has one top-10 finish, a sixth-place performance in the Sunstate Equipment 100 in Fountain, Colo. May 20.
In addition to the Kentucky 150, Crafton tentatively plans to compete in the two more NGAPS events during 2001: the July 3 event in South Boston, Va. and the August 22 race in Bristol, Tenn.