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2013 Kentucky: Matt Crafton NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2013 - 07:06 PM
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2013 Kentucky: Matt Crafton NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview


This Week's Rheem/Menards Car... Matt Crafton will pilot chassis No. 112 at Kentucky Speedway. This No. 33 was previously run by Ty Dillon this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (finished 11th), Darlington Raceway (finished 13th) and Dover International Speedway (finished 23rd).

 

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Crafton in Kentucky ... Crafton is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Kentucky Speedway on Friday evening. However, the California native is no stranger to the 1.5-mile track making 14 previous starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crafton's best start of first came in 2012 and best finish of third came in both 2008 and 2009 at the Sparta, Ky., track. He has completed 1,930 of 2,090 laps attempted (92.3 percent), leading 36 of them.

Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR's No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards car in Friday evening's race, Crafton will pilot the No. 88 Menards truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Thursday night. This race is scheduled to air live on SPEED at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Perfromance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Race Rewind ... Crafton last turned laps at Kentucky Speedway in a Camping World Truck in 2012, where he started 11th and finished ninth.

MATT CRAFTON QUOTE:
What Are Your Thoughts About Racing the Rheem/Menards Car at Kentucky Speedway?
"This is going to be the first time I race in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Kentucky Speedway. I've been there quite a few times in the Camping World Truck Series, and I really love the race track. It's one of my favorite places to race. It's a track with a lot of character. It's rough and you can move around a lot. It's usually not a one-groove race track, which makes for exciting racing. I'm super stoked about the opportunity to race in a Nationwide car for Richard Childress Racing. I've got to thank RCR, Menards and Rheem a ton for the chance to race in a competitive car. It's something I've always wanted to do; race in a good Nationwide car and be able to compete for a win. I know I will have that opportunity this weekend."


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