Kansas: Matt Crafton race report

Accident Leaves Crafton 25th at Kansas Kansas City, Kan. (May 2, 2010) -- Matt Crafton started second and ran among the top-five in the early stages of the O'Reilly 250, but damage to the No. 88 Menards/McGuire-Nichols Chevrolet in an accident...

Accident Leaves Crafton 25th at Kansas

Kansas City, Kan. (May 2, 2010) -- Matt Crafton started second and ran among the top-five in the early stages of the O'Reilly 250, but damage to the No. 88 Menards/McGuire-Nichols Chevrolet in an accident on lap 42 put Crafton in the garage for repairs and left him 25th at the finish.

Crafton was running among the top five on lap 35 when several trucks in front of him spun and crashed. While avoiding the accident Crafton sustained minor damage to the right rear fender, necessitating an unscheduled pit stop for repairs. Restarting from the back of the field on lap 42, Crafton attempted to go low to pass some slower trucks but contact was made and Crafton sustained severe right side damage.

"I don't know what happened down there," Crafton said. "I went down low to get by some of those slower trucks and the next thing I know I got hit in the right rear and it was on from there. We had some pretty hard contact with the right side and Bud (Haefele) and the guys had to work to get us back on the track. But we're in this to win the championship so we don't give up. My guys did a great job to get us back out so we could pick up some positions and some points. It wasn't a really good points day for us today but thanks to my guys on this Menards Chevy it wasn't as bad as it could have been."

Crafton now sits sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 17 points behind teammate Johnny Sauter for fifth and 134 points behind leader Timothy Peters.

Next up for Crafton and the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet is the Dover 200 at Dover International Raceway.

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter , Timothy Peters