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Crafton driving midgets during the off season

Matt Crafton had never sat in a midget before Wednesday.

But a conversation over a couple of cocktails led the two-time Camping World Truck Series champion to Columbus, Indiana, the home of Keith Kunz Motorsports, where he was fitted for his latest ride.

Crafton, 41, will make his USAC Midget debut in the Junior Knepper 55 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on December 16.

But it was Crafton’s win in the 2017 Eldora Dirt Derby that reignited his love affair with dirt. And if everything goes well in Du Quoin, Toyota would like to see the veteran try his hand at the Chili Bowl Nationals in next month.

"I don’t know about that one-yet," Crafton said. "I love racing. But I’m going cold turkey (to Du Quoin). Bell has a simulator and I’m going to drive it. I got Bell going with me and they say he’s an animal there."