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.”