The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 88 Toyota Tundra driver, Matt Crafton will be in a Ford for a bit at Michigan.
Richard Petty Motorsports driver of the No. 43 Ford, Aric Almirola is fighting sickness for the opening day of track activities at Michigan International Speedway. To assist the ailing Almirola, Crafton has will handle the majority of Friday’s Michigan practice time in the No. 43 Armour Ford
If Almirola is up to it, the No. 43 driver will make a few laps in Friday’s practice to retain and qualify the car today, while keeping his qualifying spot for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race. The RP< team hopes Almirola's illness is a mere 24-hour virus that will allow him to complete driving duties on Saturday and Sunday's activities at the Michigan track. Crafton has seen other brief duty in the Sprint Cup Series at Michigan as he qualified the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy at the 2014 running of the Pure Michigan 400 in place of Martin Truex Jr., who was on leave as his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, underwent cancer treatment. This year, Crafton also made his Sprint Cup race debut in Feburary at the Daytona 500, substituting for injured Kyle Busch in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18. Busch suffered a compound leg fracture in the previous day's Xfinity Series race. In the 2015 Daytona 500, Crafton started 43rd, and finished the No. 18 Toyota in 18th. Crafton Climbs Into Cup No. 43 Ford For Friday Practice