Heads to Richmond
With six races left in the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck schedule, Matt Crafton and the No. 88 SealMaster Racing team look for Richmond to be a good race.
"We have a great short track set-up," stated Matt Crafton, 2000 Champion of the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series and driver of the No. 88 XeSightingSystems.com Chevrolet Silverado. "One thing I've learned is that short tracks don't vary as much as the superspeedways. The banking may be a degree or two different, but they all are pretty quick to learn and fun to race."
Richmond is one of only five race tracks on the NCTS schedule to have hosted events in each of the truck tour's seven seasons. The truck race will kick off the weekend triple header with the Craftsman Trucks on Thursday night, Busch Grand National on Friday night and Winston Cup on Saturday night. Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Winston Cup car, is scheduled to compete in the NCTS on Thursday as well as the Busch race and the Cup race. The only driver to win all three races in the same season is Terry Labonte.
"Harvick and I haven't had the chance to race against each other since we were seven racing go-karts, so this Thursday will be very exciting," stated Crafton, "I would look for some great racing at Richmond, probably the equivalent to the Cup cars at Bristol."
Crafton will qualify for the Kroger 200 this Thursday, Sept. 6 at 2:00 p.m. Live race coverage on ESPN-2 will begin at 8:00 p.m. (ET) with MRN beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Matt Crafton, the team or sponsors, check out www.mattcrafton.com or contact SealMaster Racing at firstname.lastname@example.org.