Matt Crafton and his ThorSport Racing team miscalculated the effect of Michigan International Speedway's new pavement on 2012's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, but Crafton claims that won't happen to Crafton's No. 88 Great Lakes Wood Floors / Menards Toyota at this weekend's Michigan National Guard 200.
Crafton has a lot more riding on that gambit this week, as he's leading the Truck Series' standings for the eighth consecutive race weekend. Crafton's 52-point lead over top series rookie Jeb Burton leads to that optimistic view.
"Michigan's been a fairly cool racetrack for us, but the new pavement definitely threw us for a loop last year," Crafton said of the track, which was repaved prior to the 2012 season. "We struggled with it last year, but we do feel that we know where we went wrong so we'll show up with a new setup on it -- we definitely won't bring the same mindset we had last year."
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