Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Crafton Seeks Redemption At Martinsville Speedway

Crafton Seeks Redemption At Martinsville Speedway
Although he doesn’t have a win at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Crafton is one driver in particular who is ready to get back to the track and get to Victory Lane for various reasons.
Crafton has 22 starts at the historic 0.526-mile track located in southern Virginia – most by any full-time active driver in the series.?Crafton built his resume racing on short tracks throughout the West, and competing at Martinsville reminds him of his roots.
"We all grew up racing on short tracks and I look forward to going back to Martinsville each year," Crafton said.
Crafton returns to Martinsville for the Kroger 250 feeling that he should already have had a win at one of his favorite tracks on the 2013 schedule. Crafton made it clear he wants a win at the track, a year after he lost the lead to Denny Hamlin in the closing laps during last October’s Martinsville race.
"We got one [win] taken away from us last year, so we definitely look forward to going back there and getting a little redemption."
Crafton will pilot his No. 88 Toyota once again and feels his team has the right setup for the truck.
"We have some good notes on Martinsville and we will be ready," Crafton said.
 Another reason why Crafton wants a win at the track is for the well-known prize given to the race winner of each event held at the facility.
"It would be awesome to win and get that [grandfather] clock," he said. "It would be so cool to bring that clock home for a trophy and with all the history of the track would make a win pretty awesome."

Chastain Excited About Racing With New Team In Kroger 250
One of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers looking forward to returning to Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 6, is Ross Chastain.
Chastain, 20, picked up his first of four top-10 finishes last year in the spring race after he finished seventh at Martinsville, and the Alva, Fla., native feels the track suits his experience and driving style.
"I really enjoy racing at tracks like Martinsville," Chastain said. "I grew up racing short tracks in Florida and I have more experience on short tracks more than the larger ones and I have been able to use that experience to collect some good finishes."
Chastain returns this year to Martinsville driving for a new team owned by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and joins teammate Ryan Blaney. This new opportunity has Chastain excited to compete this season.
"My crew chief Chad Kendrick is putting a strong short-track package together for the race and with the support of Ford and resources of Penske Racing we feel good about our chances to have another solid showing at Martinsville in a couple of weeks," Chastain said.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
 Several teams will be testing in preparation for the next race at Martinsville Speedway. Crafton will test next week at Sandusky Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio. … Jeb Burton competed at his home track South Boston Speedway last weekend in the season opener for Late Models and finished in the top 10.

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