Indy IRP: Matt Crafton race notes

Crafton takes 10th in Indy truck event. CLERMONT, Ind. - Matt Crafton charged from deep in the field to 10th in the second half of the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday, June 1. It was his...

Crafton takes 10th in Indy truck event.

CLERMONT, Ind. - Matt Crafton charged from deep in the field to 10th in the second half of the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday, June 1. It was his third top-10 finish in as many starts at the Indiana facility. Carl Edwards won the race.

"It's another top-10, which is good," Crafton said.  "But we're not happy
with this.  We came here to get more than a 10th-place out of this race.

"As the night played out, 10th was about all we could get. We were so tight, I had to drive the truck all the way to the apron to de-wedge it and make it turn."

The handling issue hurt Crafton the most on the final restart of the 200-lap race. Running 10th after a pit stop sequence, Crafton was trapped in the outside groove in the laps after the field got the green flag. He faded to 13th before clearing lapped traffic.

"We got so far behind on that restart," Crafton said. "We never really recovered. At the end, I think we were better than a couple of the trucks right in front of us. We might have been able to get them with a few more laps, but we were so tight, we might have used up the right front and backed up, too.

Crafton, who started 20th in the 36-truck field, raced into the top-15 early in the race. He maintained 10th-15th positions throughout much of the night. A pit stop near the mid-point of the race left him 23rd.

With lightning showing in the skies and a threat of rain in the area, Crafton put on a charge that took him to 14th before the final caution. Rains held off throughout the balance of the race and provided Crafton time to race to his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races this season.

The performance left him 12th in the series point standings. The circuit continues with a race in Lebanon, Tenn. on Friday, August 9.

-tsr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Carl Edwards