Phoenix: Matt Crafton race notes

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Despite damage sustained in an early-race incident, Matt Crafton brought the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado to 14th position in the Silverado 150 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway Friday, ...

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Despite damage sustained in an early-race incident, Matt Crafton brought the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado to 14th position in the Silverado 150 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway Friday, October 31. Kevin Harvick won the race.

Crafton, who started 18th, was battling with Terry Cook when their trucks made contact in turn three resulting in a spin by Cook's truck. Crafton drove through the incident, but received damage to the right front fender.

"I hate it that we got into Terry there," Crafton said. "We were racing hard and racing clean. I just got into three a little too hard, got loose and got into him. I'm glad he didn't get in the fence and was able to end up finishing."

The ThorSport Racing crew made quick repairs on a subsequent pit stop and Crafton returned to the fray in 18th position. He raced between 18th and 14th for the balance of the 150-lap race at the one-mile oval.

"I really have to hand it the crew," Crafton said. "They did a super job on the fender. They also made a great chassis adjustment on that pit stop. From that point on, we had a great handling truck, but we struggled for straightaway speed. I think we had a top-five handling truck."

The performance left Crafton 11th in the series point standings. He trails 10th-place Chad Chaffin by 53 points with one race remaining on the 2003 slate. The season-finale is November 14 in Homestead, Fla.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Terry Cook , Matt Crafton , Chad Chaffin