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October 02, 2017
Crafton Scores Top-10 Finish Following A Controversial Restart at Las Vegas Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra finished fifth in both Stages at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), and looked poised to contend for a race win late in Saturday’s Las Vegas 350. Unfortunately, a controversial restart late in the 146-lap event left the ThorSport Racing driver with a seventh-place finish in his 17th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track.
September 27, 2017
Chatting with Cody Coughlin… “I enjoyed Las Vegas last year when I went to that track for the first time. It’s a fast mile-and-a-half track and I like racing at that kind of track. The most challenging part about a race there is that it’s a one-day show so we have to be good right off the truck and go from there. I know that my ThorSport Racing team will give me the best truck possible once we unload. It’s going to be a good day and I’m looking forward to it.”
September 27, 2017
Chatting with Matt Crafton… You’ve had three second-place finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What is it about the track that suits your driving style?
September 27, 2017
Chatting with Grant Enfinger… “Vegas is very bumpy, so you have to figure that into the setup there. One day shows make for a very long day at the track, but I do feel like it helps the team owners cut some costs, so I like that part of it. I do feel like the track will change from practice to the race, but I don’t think it will be as much of a swing as some of the other places we go to.”
September 27, 2017
Chatting with Ben Rhodes… “I love Vegas. I think its a really fun race track and it has one of the best turnouts of fans – they’re awesome – and they get to interact with us up close in the garages, the facilities are top-notch. There’s good racing, a good line, it’s smooth, it’s fast, it’s just a really good race track. It’s a favorite of mine because it’s just so different than the other mile-and-a-half tracks we go to.”
September 13, 2017
“Chicago changes more through the course of a race than any other track we go to. The way the sun sets on the track, it seems to make a big difference with temperature changes. Plus, they’ve paved a lot of our really cool intermediate tracks, but they haven’t paved Chicago, so it has a lot of character. The track is really bumpy, and you give up a lot of grip throughout the course of a run. If you can maintain more throttle longer into a run, your going to run really good there.
September 13, 2017
Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes: “I feel like Chicagoland (Speedway) will be a lot like Atlanta (Motor Speedway), we’re actually taking the same truck and setup from Atlanta there, and improving upon what we had. I’m excited for that. And, with all the things we’ve done this year – all the new setup changes, all the stuff we’ve been working on – I feel like we can add to what we had going for us in Atlanta – where we finished fourth – and we’ll have the best of both worlds. Maybe we can go set another track record.”
September 13, 2017
Sounding Off – Matt Crafton: What makes Chicagoland Speedway so unique compared to some of the other mile-and-a-half tracks that the Truck Series runs on? “It’s widened out a lot, and it widened out fairly quick. There are multiple grooves, and the bottom’s fast, without a doubt. When the tires start to fall off, you can run all the way against the fence. This race usually puts on a great show, and hopefully it does the same thing again this year.”
September 13, 2017
“It’s always nice to be familiar with a race track. I’m sure some things have changed since I last raced at Chicagoland Speedway – the track is probably a bit more worn out. First practice will probably be a bit of a ‘feeling-out’ period, but I know the line heading in. I’ve run well there before, and the team has had good speed on the intermediate tracks, so I have a good feeling for Friday night.
August 31, 2017
Sounding Off – Matt Crafton: You have four top-10 finishes in four starts at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Is it safe to say you enjoy road course racing? “Oh, I love to road race. It’s a blast, and I have a lot of fun doing it. I think we need one more on the schedule, to be totally honest. There are a lot of us (teams) that actually have a specialty road course truck, and we just run it one time a year. It just goes and sits in the basement after that. There’s a ton of really cool road courses that we could go run, and we don’t, it’s a shame.” Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

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