Crafton scores seventh-place run in rough-and-tumble Dover 200 Dover, Del. (May 15, 2010) -- Matt Crafton kept the No. 88 Menards/Zecol Chevrolet out of trouble for 200 miles around the brutal high-banks of Dover International Speedway on...
Crafton scores seventh-place run in rough-and-tumble Dover 200
Dover, Del. (May 15, 2010) -- Matt Crafton kept the No. 88 Menards/Zecol Chevrolet out of trouble for 200 miles around the brutal high-banks of Dover International Speedway on Friday, coming home with a solid seventh-place finish. However, if not for the leader running out of fuel on a restart with just four laps to go, Crafton could have racked up a top-three finish or possibly even stole the win.
"We weren't as good as we needed to be in practice on Thursday so Bud (Haefele, crew chief) and the guys came up with some things to try today and they worked, we were a lot better," Crafton said. "We stayed out of all the trouble out there and we were in a real good position for that restart with four laps to go. We were running third right behind Johnny (Benson, leader) and ready to make a run at those guys but he didn't go at all when the green came out. We got trapped behind him and lost about five positions. There wasn't enough time to get any of them back at that point so we finished seventh.
"I think we had a truck that could have raced with the 51 (of eventual winner Aric Almirola), it's just a shame we got trapped behind Benson there because we were sitting third and both of the guys in front of us ran out of fuel. But the truck is in one piece and we made up some ground in the points on some people. All in all I'd say it was a decent day."
On the strength of his fourth top-ten finish of the season Crafton jumped one position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings to fifth, 148 points behind leader Aric Alrmirola and just 23 points behind Ron Hornaday, Jr. for fourth.
Next up for Crafton and the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet is the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday May 21, which Crafton won in 2008.