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.”