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2013 Chicagoland: Matt Crafton NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 17, 2013 - 06:01 PM
2013 Chicagoland: Matt Crafton NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

This Week's Rheem/Menards Car... Matt Crafton will pilot chassis No. 112 at Chicagoland Speedway. This No. 33 was previously run by Crafton at Kentucky Speedway in June, where he drove to a third-place finish. Ty Dillon also piloted this car this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (finished 11th), Darlington Raceway (finished 13th) and Dover International Speedway (finished 23rd).


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Chicagoland Stats... Crafton is scheduled to turn his first laps at Chicagoland Speedway in a NASCAR Nationwide Series entry this weekend. A veteran in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the California native has made four truck starts at the Joliet, Ill., track. Crafton's best start of first came in 2009 and best finish of fourth came in 2012. He has completed 603 of 604 laps attempted (99.8 percent), leading 23 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.

Two of Three ... This weekend will mark Crafton's second of three scheduled races in the No. 33 Rheem/Menards machine this season. In his Nationwide Series debut at Kentucky Speedway in June, Crafton started eighth and finished third in the rain-shortened event. The California native is also scheduled to run the September Nationwide Series event at Kentucky Speedway.

Race Rewind ... Crafton last turned laps at Chicagoland Speedway in a Camping World Truck in 2012, where he started ninth and finished fourth, his career-best finish at the 1.5-mile track.

What are your thoughts about racing the Rheem/Menards car at Chicagoland Speedway?
"I'm really excited to get back behind the wheel of the Rheem/Menards car at Chicagoland Speedway. We had a really good run at Kentucky (Speedway) finishing third, but I'm hoping for better results this weekend. I'd really like to get a win for Menards, Rheem and RCR. I can't thank them enough for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to race in a competitive NASCAR Nationwide Series car. I really enjoy going to Chicagoland Speedway. We've run well there in The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and I'm confident Ernie Cope (crew chief) and the team will give me a great No. 33 machine this weekend. It's a track that has a lot of racing grooves, so as a driver I can move around to find a line that works best for the car. It makes for a more exciting race when there are multiple grooves for passing."

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