Richmond: Matt Crafton race notes

Crafton 14th in Richmond truck race RICHMOND, Va. - Despite handling woes throughout the event, Matt Crafton finished 14th in the Virginia is for Lovers 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Richmond International Raceway Thursday, September 4.

Crafton 14th in Richmond truck race

RICHMOND, Va. - Despite handling woes throughout the event, Matt Crafton finished 14th in the Virginia is for Lovers 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Richmond International Raceway Thursday, September 4. Tony Stewart won the event.

"The truck was junk all night long," said Crafton. "This is the second time we've run this truck this year and we've struggled both times. We're taking this truck home from here, putting a cover over it and not going to even think about racing it again this season."

A long green flag run combined with the handling issues left Crafton's Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado a lap down to the leaders as the race hit the mid-point. He returned to the lead lap as the result of a caution on lap 155.

The yellow flag flew when contact between Crafton's truck and one driven by Terry Cook resulted in Cook's truck spinning. Jimmy Spencer was caught up in the accident and eliminated from the race as a result of damage to his truck.

"We were coming back up to speed after a restart," Crafton recalled. "I don't know if Terry missed a shift or what, but I got a good run on him. I was up to his door. He started coming down on me. I put my left sides on the apron and tried to give him room, but we ran out of room. I hit him and he spun. I feel bad for everybody that got involved in that deal, especially Jimmy Spencer. He had a truck that could have won and he got taken out."

The performance kept Crafton 12th in the series point standings. The circuit continues with a September 13 race in Loudon, N.H.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Terry Cook , Matt Crafton