Two years ago Speed51.com caught up with Matt Craig, son of JCR3 team principle Jeff Craig and grandson of team founder Jimmy Craig. The team had a reputation of winning with many drivers in the Pro Cup & Super Late Model ranks. Matt at the age of 15 had no reputation and a big seat to fill.
Craig at the age of 17 is now one of the brightest starts in the Super Late Model scene in the Southeast. He made sure we were aware of that by skunking the CARS Tour Super Late Model field at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, SC for his first win in the series.
“This track has a special meaning for me as it was the first place I ever tested,” said Matt Craig. “We ran here once and went straight to the big dogs and ran the World Crown 300. We have come along way since then and winning here after we started here was awesome.”
At times during the Greenville race it looked like Matt was going to fade, but his car never fell off.
“That was pure domination,” said Matt with a smile. “We led practice, won the pole and won the race. It don’t get any better then that.”
Matt Craig’s win was his first on the CARS Tour and it made five different winners in five races for the second-year Super Late Model / Late Model Stock Car series. In addition to his CARS win Craig is leading the PASS South points and has won a pair of times in Pro Late Model action at Southern National.
“It takes a while to get good at these things,” explained Matt. “Lots of practice, lots of watching film and working on the cars. When you can put it all together like that if makes it feel so much better.”
Craig hold a four point lead in the PASS South points battle, but he has other goals on his mind before seasons end as well.
“We are going to go see how good we are,” added Matt. “We are going to go run the All American 400, the Snowball Derby and all the big races. We want to test ourselves.”
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Contributor – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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