Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Crafton, Moffitt, and Nemechek Explain Their #NCWTS Dirt Track Approach

Crafton, Moffitt, and Nemechek Explain Their #NCWTS Dirt Track Approach
In advance of the iconic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, three drivers discussed their strategy for competing on the half-mile dirt track.

Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Menards Ideal Door Ford for ThorSport Racing

Question: What's your strategy to come out going into this year's race?

MATT: I just stay out of trouble. I mean, just staying out of trouble and having something to work with at the end of the race. Last year we really got the first stage, got off a little bit on the adjustment on the second stage, and the last stage just put it all together and had something to race with at the end.

Brett Moffitt, driver of the No. 16 iRacing Toyota for Hattori Racing Enterprises

Question: What's going through your mind as you get ready to take on the dirt track at Eldora in pursuit of your fourth win this season?

BRETT: First of all, this is going to be a very new experience for me racing a truck at Eldora, and obviously I'm really excited about it. We had a new partner in iRacing come on board to sponsor the truck, and I've actually been using their cars as a way to get ready. I've raced a little bit of dirt in my past, but that was in a dirt modified, and I think racing a truck there is going to be completely different and a new learning experience. Always enjoyed watching the race. I'm going to go out and try to compete and hopefully take it to Victory Lane again.

John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for NEMCO Motorsports

Question: How is the strategy different going into a dirt track race, and what's it going to take to win at Eldora?

JOHN HUNTER: A lot of drive off the corner. That place is slick. Hopefully the bottom and the top will slick off and the top will still have a cushion like it was last year. Had a lot of fun at Eldora last year. We ran top 3 most of the race, but it's one of those races that you kind of look forward to going to all year long. It's different in the sense of like a road course race, the Truck Series only has one road course and one dirt track compared to all oval stuff. It's a lot of fun, it's a little bit different, and takes you back to when you were running go-karts and mini-sprints back when we were younger.

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