Matt Crafton: No mulligans in Round of 6

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 28: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, climbs into his truck prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Matt Crafton (Getty Images)
Matt Crafton (Getty Images)
Matt Crafton (Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Small wonder Martinsville is Matt Crafton’s favorite race track.

In the past five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the .526-mile paper-clip-shaped short track, Crafton has won twice and finished second, third and seventh.

With six drivers left in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, and with the next-to-last round set to begin with Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1), Crafton acknowledges there’s no room for error at his favorite venue.

“I don’t think you’re going to be able to have a mulligan this weekend and get onto the final round,” said Crafton, who was 12th fastest in Friday’s final practice and third fastest over a 10-lap average. “Without a doubt, you have to have a good run leaving this place – if it’s a top-10 worst case – to go into the next two to go into the final four.

“I love coming here, and if it’s meant to be, it will be. I say that each and every week, and that’s what I live and die by.”

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