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Matt Crafton Saves Fuel To Win At Texas Motor Speedway

Matt Crafton Saves Fuel To Win At Texas Motor Speedway

by June 7, 2014 0 comments

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FORT WORTH, Tex. – After saving fuel, Matt Crafton cruised to victory in the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Crafton led 118 of the 167 laps en route to his first victory at Texas Motor Speedway. He has finished second at the speedway on three occasions. The margin of victory was 13.302 seconds, the largest margin of any winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway. The win comes as a huge sigh of relief after last weekend’s results had Crafton pounding the wall after a flat tire at Dover International Speedway while running in the second position.

With the win at Martinsville Speedway back in March and Friday night’s win at Texas, 2014 marks the first time Crafton has won multiple races in a season. He now takes over the points lead after Timothy Peters’ struggles.

Early in the race, Peters had a flat right rear tire and on lap 54, he crashed after getting caught up in teammate, German Quiroga’s oil after a blown engine. Both Red Horse Racing drivers were forced to retire from the event. Quiroga finished 23rd with Peters right behind him in 24th. The finish was Quiroga’s first outside the top-10 this season.

Justin Lofton who sat on the Keystone Light pole finished second. Joe Nemecheck finished third in his first series start at the speedway. Ryan Blaney led 45 laps but had to settle for a fourth place finish. John Wes Townley rounded out the top-five.

Erik Jones missed his high school graduation and finished 11th. He received his diploma at the speedway and walked across the stage in his cap and gown just before the start of the race.

Tyler Young captured a career high finish of 15th on Friday night. Texas Motor Speedway is his home track on the series schedule.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 14 for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. You can catch the race live on Fox Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 Top-10 Results:
1.) #88 Matt Crafton
2.) #20 Justin Lofton
3.) #8 Joe Nemecheck
4.) #29 Ryan Blaney
5.) #5 John Wes Townley
6.) #30 Ron Hornaday Jr.
7.) #98 Johnny Sauter
8.) #99 Ryan Silas
9.) #21 Joey Coulter
10.) #54 Darrell Wallace Jr.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Driver Point Standings:
1.) #88 Matt Crafton
2.) #98 Johnny Sauter -11
3.) #30 Ron Hornaday Jr. -23
4.) #29 Ryan Blaney -25
5.) #17 Timothy Peters -27
6.) #77 German Quiroga Jr. -32
7.) #31 Ben Kennedy -33
8.) #5 John Wes Townley -34
9.) #4 Jeb Burton -47
10.) #21 Joey Coulter -55

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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