Fort Worth: Matt Crafton race report

Best finish in 15 races. Crafton seventh in Texas race. ROANOKE, Texas - Despite the misfortune of losing a lap to the leaders during a pit stop sequence, Matt Crafton posted a season-best seventh-place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400...

Best finish in 15 races.
Crafton seventh in Texas race.

ROANOKE, Texas - Despite the misfortune of losing a lap to the leaders during a pit stop sequence, Matt Crafton posted a season-best seventh-place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 7. The finish was Crafton's best in 15 starts, dating to an event in Clermont, Ind. in August, 2001.

"We've run so well in so many races since then, it's hard to believe it's been that long since we finished this well," Crafton said. "We've had so little good luck on so many occasions, it's been tough on all the SealMaster Racing guys. People might say we've had a monkey on our back. To use, it was starting to feel like a gorilla!

"It's great to get a quality finish for Menards. This is the best we've done since they joined us this year."

Crafton, who started eighth, raced inside the top 10 much of the night. He dropped from the lead pack during a mid-race green flag pit stop sequence. When the caution flew on lap 66, he was among a pack of trucks caught a lap in arrears.

Although Crafton was never able to regain the lost lap, he was able to run toward the front of the field in the 167-lap event. In seventh, he was the first truck one lap behind winner Brendan Gaughan.

"It's a shame that the caution got us and put us a lap down. If things had played out differently, I think we might have had a shot at running in the top five.

"But this is the kind of finish we needed. This can give us some momentum to take to Memphis in a couple of weeks and work to get that top-five finish there."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues with the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at the Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tenn. Saturday, June 2.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Brendan Gaughan