As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads into the 14th race on the 2015 schedule at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (BMS), Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Great Lakes/Menards Toyota Tundra, finds himself in the thick of the championship hunt. Sitting second in the standings, the two-time and defending series champion gained momentum on the leader following a sixth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn last weekend. Crafton is now only eight points behind current leader, Tyler Reddick, entering Wednesday night's UNOH 200. In fact, Crafton finds himself in familiar territory entering the 200-lap event at BMS. In 2014, the Menards driver was nine points out of the lead in the championship point standings. In 2015, Crafton trails by only eight points.
Making his 13th start at BMS, Crafton is still looking for his first win at "The World's Fastest Half Mile." Finishing fourth in "Thunder Valley" in 2014, Crafton has completed 99.7% of the laps attempted and has earned three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Furthermore, the ThorSport Racing driver has excelled at short tracks this season with an Average Finish of 3.0 in two starts; finishing second at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (March), and fourth at Iowa Speedway in Newton (June). With the passion to "three-peat" in 2015, you can count on Crafton to be a contender Wednesday night under the lights at BMS.
Sounding off - Matt Crafton:
"I love going to Bristol, it's a fun track. We ran fourth last year, and had a shot to win the race, I believe, if we had a yellow there at the end. One and two just got away, and it was hard to catch them in traffic. Junior (Carl Joiner, crew chief) never settles down though, he's got a lot of changes this year, from what we ran last year, so hopefully we have something good for them on Wednesday night."
"During practice, the groove will be at the bottom, then it will start migrating up. You usually won't be able to run the top until you get to the race, and that's what makes Bristol interesting. You try setting your truck up all day, and the groove only moves half-way up the race track, and then everyone is running up against the wall during the race."