Darlington: Matt Crafton race notes

CRAFTON 11TH IN DARLINGTON TRUCK RACE DARLINGTON, S.C. - A steady and consistent performance ended with Matt Crafton in 11th position in the Craftsman 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Darlington Raceway Friday, March 14. Bobby Hamilton won...

CRAFTON 11TH IN DARLINGTON TRUCK RACE

DARLINGTON, S.C. - A steady and consistent performance ended with Matt Crafton in 11th position in the Craftsman 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Darlington Raceway Friday, March 14. Bobby Hamilton won the race.

Crafton, who started 13th, raced inside the top-10 throughout much of the latter stages of the 147-lap race around the quirky 1.366-mile oval.

"We had a truck that was better than an 11th-place truck," Crafton said. "We had a couple of problems on pit road, but the thing that really did us in was the deal down in turn four when the 15 truck cut a tire and crashed."

Crafton was running 10th and trailing a pack that included Jason Leffler, Robert Pressley and Andy Houston when a rear tire on Houston's truck was cut. As Houston spun, Leffler, Pressley and Crafton took evasive action. Crafton ended up hitting the outside retaining wall, which damaged the right front suspension on his Menards/Enzyme Solutions Chevrolet.

The performance moved Crafton to eighth in the series point standings.

The NASCAR Truck Series continues with the Lucas Oil 250 at the Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. Sunday, March 23.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Leffler , Andy Houston , Robert Pressley , Matt Crafton