Last year, Matt Crafton finished one position short of winning the Smith’s 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 34-year-old native of Tulare, Calif., was beaten to the checkered flag by his teammate, Johnny Sauter, giving team owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson a one-two finish.

This year, he’s not opposed to another one-two ThorSport Racing finish, as long as he’s the first man to the checkered flag this time.

“I told him (Sauter) if it comes down to the last lap he shouldn’t try to pass me around the outside,” Crafton joked. “We haven’t really talked about it. He knows how bad I want to win and I know how bad he wants to win. Johnny and I get along really good and we race each other hard but clean on the track. If it comes down to the last lap and we both have a shot to win, it’s all hands on deck. As far as one of us being upset by the way the other is driving, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“It was definitely one of the highlights of 2009, to give Duke and Rhonda Thorson a one-two finish. After all this team has been through over the years, it was definitely a huge accomplishment. I was really happy for Johnny and all the guys on the 13 team, but at the same time I was really disappointed too. I really wanted to be the one to win if there was a 1-2 finish, and coming up short like that hurt.”

In nine starts at LVMS, Crafton has two top-five finishes and three top-10s. The Las Vegas Hilton Race and Sports Book has listed him at 10-to-1 odds, behind Sauter at 7-to-1 and favorite Todd Bodine at 5-to-2.

Crafton will participate in a free NASCAR driver autograph session on Friday evening at The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino 7-8:30 p.m. The autograph session will kick off the Smith’s 350 weekend and will take place in the casino.

Qualifying is set for 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Driver introductions are scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., followed by the Smith’s 350 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Smith’s 350 may be purchased by calling LVMS at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.