Chatting with Matt Crafton…
What are the keys to running well at Texas Motor Speedway?
“Having a truck you can run around on the bottom – the new asphalt will offer a lot of grip. Hopefully, the second groove will start rubbering-up, and we’ll be able to run side-by-side, like you used to be able to do at Texas before they repaved it. We’ve only been on it once, and it was kind of an unknown – it will be an unknown this week too because it will be a lot cooler this time than when we were there earlier this season. Power, aero, handling, and good restarts are what you need to run well at Texas.”
Has this new Playoff format changed you at all in terms of how you approach these races?
“I know everyone says, ‘win and you’re in,’ but you only have three races, so yes, one of those three races can make you, or break you. If you finish 20th one week, and two second-place finishes the next, you can still be eliminated. The margin for error with this format is so much smaller. At this point in the season, with the new format, you’ve really got to be on your game, and not make mistakes.”
2017 Driver Point Standings: 3rd
2017 Owner Point Standings: 3rd
2017 Playoff Position: 3rd