Matt Crafton Pulls Within One Point of the Top Spot in the Standings with Seventh Top-Five Finish of the Season at Kentucky Chevrolet Maintains Lead in Manufacturer Standings with 13 of 25 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Races in the...
Matt Crafton Pulls Within One Point of the Top Spot in the Standings with Seventh Top-Five Finish of the Season at Kentucky
Chevrolet Maintains Lead in Manufacturer Standings with 13 of 25 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Races in the Books
Sparta, KY -- Matt Crafton sits second in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) standings, just one point behind the leader, after finishing third at Kentucky Speedway, the seventh top-five finish this season for the driver of the No. 88 Menards Silverado. With 13 of 25 races in the books, Crafton has one win, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes thus far.
Defending NCTS champion Ron Hornaday rebounded from going one lap-down in his No. 33 Camping World Silverado when he had to pit under green for a loose wheel to finish 10th in the final order. Hornaday is now third in the standings, just five points out of the lead.
Chevrolet maintains the lead in the NCTS Manufacturers' point standings.
Johnny Benson won the race followed by Michael Annett. Dennis Setzer and David Starr rounded out the top-five finishers.
The NCTS moves back to short-track competition on Friday, July 25, 2008 at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.
WILLIE ALLEN -- NO. 81 RASCALL FLATTS CHEVROLET SILVERADO, STARTED 20TH, FINISHED 15TH
HOW WAS YOUR TRUCK? "We were really free there in the beginning but the guys went to work on it and got the truck driving better after the first couple of stops. We were loose in the corners most of the night and especially on new tires and fuel.
"I thought we were going to get a top-ten finish tonight and we were on our way, but just got a little loose there in the end and lost some positions we couldn't make up. But I want to thank Randy Moss, David Dollar and all the guys for having me drive the Rascal Flatts Silverado here tonight. I also want to thank Nashville, Rascal Flatts, and Lowery Plumbing for supporting our effort here at Kentucky Speedway."
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONTRUCTION SILVERADO, DNF -- INVOLVED IN MULTI-TRUCK ACCIDENT ON LAP 120
"Just was a racing deal. It looked like the No. 59 (Ted Musgrave) might have got in there a little hot and got into the No. 51 (Kyle Busch). Everybody is going as hard as they can to get as many spots as they can on these restarts. It is a tough place to pass. I battled the same guy for at least ten laps a couple different times. It is just unfortunate, we don't have a huge fleet of trucks and that was a really good one, so we will just have to go work a little harder. It makes it tough, but we will rebound. These guys are doing a great job for what we are doing here.
"We'll come back hopefully stronger and build a new one and maybe take this one and fix it up and win that first race. We were looking for a top-ten tonight but unfortunately we weren't good to start with and tuned on it and made it a lot better. I thought we were top-five capable but we didn't get a chance to see."