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Matt Crafton Wins Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 In Atlanta On Saturday Night

Matt Crafton Wins Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 In Atlanta On Saturday Night

by February 28, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

HAMPTON, Ga. – Matt Crafton earned Toyota their first victory this season after he took the checkered in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Crafton started 15th and led 85 laps en route to his sixth victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The win marked his first at the speedway in 14 races. With the win, Matt Crafton is now second in the championship point standings, trailing point leader, Tyler Reddick by only two points.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to come back here,” Crafton said. “We’ve been close a few different times here and finally got it. Our truck was very, very good. They kept trying to slow me down and I slowed down at some points, but right there at the end I just tried to make a statement and show them how fast this Menards Toyota Tundra was.”

In the closing laps, Ty Dillon who finished second was trying to run down Crafton, but the intense battle was for the third position. Ben Kennedy and Daniel Suarez who finished third and fourth respectively put on a fantastic show for the fans as they fought it out until the end.

“We had a great run out there and we were really good on the long runs,” Kennedy said. “The first couple laps around, it took us a little while to get going and ended up a little on the tight side there. I really learned a lot this weekend and a lot about Atlanta. I’ve never been here before and never seen the place. It was really cool coming here without any real past experience and being able to learn this race track. It has a lot of character to it and it’s a good time running around it. This is great, especially after last weekend at Daytona. We got in a couple incidents and to be able to come back and finish third – I couldn’t be any happier for everyone at Red Horse Racing.”

After the race, Suarez said, “Yeah, I’m very happy. Everybody at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), they put a great truck together – our ARRIS Toyota Tundra. It was a great day overall racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – a lot of seat time, so we were having a lot of fun. We had a pretty good battle with my friend Ben Kennedy. We had a lot of fun. Looking forward to keeping learning and keep working.”

Last weekend’s Daytona winner, Tyler Reddick rounded out the top-five, followed by Johnny Sauter, Erik Jones, James Buescher, Timothy Peters and Joe Nemechek.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have a couple of weekends off until their next event. Up next is the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 28. Coverage of the race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 Results:
1.) #88 Matt Crafton
2.) #33 Ty Dillon
3.) #11 Ben Kennedy
4.) #51 Daniel Suarez
5.) #19 Tyler Reddick
6.) #98 Johnny Sauter
7.) #4 Erik Jones
8.) #31 James Buescher
9.) #17 Timothy Peters
10.) #8 Joe Nemechek
11.) #39 Ryan Sieg
12.) #05 John Wes Townley
13.) #23 Spencer Gallagher
14.) #13 Cameron Hayley
15.) #29 Brad Keselowski
16.) #54 Justin Boston
17.) #75 Caleb Holman
18.) #63 Garrett Smithley
19.) #14 Daniel Hemric
20.) #08 Korbin Forrister
21.) #99 Bryan Silas
22.) #02 Tyler Young
23.) #74 Jordan Anderson
24.) #94 Wendell Chavous
25.) #07 Ray Black Jr.
26.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
27.) #1 Morgan Shepherd
28.) #15 Mason Mingus
29.) #86 Brandon Brown
30.) #50 Cody Ware
31.) #6 Norm Benning

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:
1.) #19 Tyler Reddick
2.) #88 Matt Crafton -2
3.) #4 Erik Jones -7
4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -15
5.) #31 James Buescher -24
6.) #99 Bryan Silas -27
7.) #11 Ben Kennedy -29
8.) #07 Ray Black Jr. -29
9.) #8 Joe Nemechek -29
10.) #08 Korbin Forrister -31

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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