Monster Mile bites again; Crash puts Crafton 22nd in Dover truck race. DOVER, Del. - For the second consecutive year, Matt Crafton suffered a grinding crash coming off turn four in the NASCAR Truck Series race at the Dover International Speedway.
Monster Mile bites again; Crash puts Crafton 22nd in Dover truck race.
DOVER, Del. - For the second consecutive year, Matt Crafton suffered a grinding crash coming off turn four in the NASCAR Truck Series race at the Dover International Speedway. This year, the accident left him 22nd in the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 Friday, May 30.
"We didn't have to leave in the ambulance like last season, so I guess that's better," Crafton said. "But it was still another hard hit and another wrecked race truck. We said we were coming here to get a bite the Monster Mile back. We tried, but it got the better of us again."
The Monster Mile was getting the better of Crafton from the start. When the field rolled off pit road to start the race, the engine in his Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado stalled. By the time the ThorSport crew could get the truck re-fired, Crafton was forced to the rear of the 33-truck field at the start of the 200-lap event at the one-mile oval.
Crafton charged from the back to 19th position in the first six laps. He raced as high as ninth. He was running 12th at the time of his crash, which came on lap 130 and was caused by suspension failure.
Last season, a cut right front tire after 96 laps put him into the retaining wall at virtually the same location exiting the fourth turn. He suffered a concusssion in that accident. This season, he escaped without major injury.
"I'm a little more bruised up this year, I think," Crafton said. "The seat really took a beating, but it did it's job. I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow, but we'll be ready for Texas next week and go them there. It's a shame this happened because we had a good truck, one capable of getting a top-10 finish."
The performance left Crafton 14th in the NASCAR Truck Series point standings.
The circuit continues June 6 with a race in Fort Worth, Texas.