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Crafton 14th in California truck race FONTANA, Calif. - What started with promise ended in frustration for Matt Crafton in the American Racing Wheels 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the California Speedway Saturday, September 20. Crafton...

Crafton 14th in California truck race

FONTANA, Calif. - What started with promise ended in frustration for Matt Crafton in the American Racing Wheels 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the California Speedway Saturday, September 20. Crafton finished 14th in the event, one lap behind winner Ted Musgrave.

"We never got it figured out today," Crafton said. "We'd be so tight for a few laps, and then go so loose you couldn't drive it. Was a handful and pretty frustrating."

After starting 11th, Crafton charged to eighth before a pair of pit stops during a caution period that started after 10 of the event's 100 laps were completed. The second stop, made to make an aerodynamic adjustment, left Crafton 33rd overall and trailing the pack by nearly a half mile.

A long green flag run ensued. Crafton moved steadily through the pack, and was back to 10th position when again bringing the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado to pit lane on lap 57.

"The clutch went out on the green flag stop" Crafton lamented. "That really cost us. We came in running in the top-10 and on the lead lap. By the time we could get restarted, pushed off and up to speed, we were something like 18th and almost two laps down."

A caution shortly after the clutch malady trapped Crafton one lap behind the leaders. Over the final 32 laps, he improved from 18th to 14th.

The performance kept Crafton to 11th in the series point standings. The circuit continues with a September 27 race in Las Vegas.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Matt Crafton