Martinsville: Matt Crafton race notes

Crafton battles to 13th in Martinsville truck race. MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Fighting a truck that simply wouldn't turn in the center of the corners, Matt Crafton soldiered to a 13th-place finish in the Advance Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Truck Series...

Crafton battles to 13th in Martinsville truck race.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Fighting a truck that simply wouldn't turn in the center of the corners, Matt Crafton soldiered to a 13th-place finish in the Advance Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway Saturday, April 12. Dennis Setzer won the event.

"We tried everything we could think of to get this truck to turn, but it didn't react to anything," Crafton said. "We were tight all weekend. The guys did everything they could to get us better, but we never got there.

"I think we would have been better on a long run. Once the other guys starting using up their tires and getting loose, we could use the outside groove to get around them. But after the first couple of segments, we never got any long runs. That hurt us."

Crafton, who started 14th, raced between the 12th and 20th positions throughout the 250-lap run at the 0.526-mile oval. In the final laps, he was in a tight battle for a top-10 finish. Crafton passed Ken Schrader exiting the final corner of the final lap to earn the 13th spot.

Despite the performance, Crafton slipped to 15th in the series point standings.

The NASCAR Truck Series is idle until a May 16 event in Concord, N.C.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Matt Crafton