Kyle, 26, came to Boone for the first time last year and talked Kruz, 23, into making the 1,800-odd mile trip with him this year.
“The whole Super Nationals experience, the full week of racing is awesome,” Kyle said, before pointing out Boone got more rain the night before than California has in the last year. “Our goal is to make the big show.”
“If you make the show, you’re doing something,” Kruz agreed.
Kyle has two wins while Kruz has yet to find victory lane this season, but he still has bragging rights after qualifying for the Duel In The Desert main event last November at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a rookie.
Crew chief Jeremiah “Bullfrog” VanScoy and Triston White made the trip to Boone with the Griffiths.
Another long tow driver with his eye on the Saturday night show is Modified hotshoe Tom Berry Jr.
The 19-year-old made an 1,800 mile trip of his own, the longest racing trip of his career, from Medford, in southwest Oregon, with his dad. They left last Tuesday and got to Boone late Thursday afternoon.
“I saw something on Facebook that said ‘Ten days ‘til Boone,’” Berry related, while making brunch next to his hauler. “Dad said ‘Let’s go.’ It’s one of the races I’ve always wanted to go to and now I can check it off my bucket list
“Hopefully we’ll keep coming back to Super Nationals every year. I’ve gone to the Duel In The Desert every year since I was 15,” he added. “We want to hit some IMCA specials on the way home.”
He’ll begin studies at Rogue Community College in his hometown this fall. Crewman Skylar Fuhrman will hop a place and join Team Berry in Boone on Wednesday.