Homestead: Matt Crafton qualifying notes

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Matt Crafton will close out his third full season of NASCAR Truck Series competition by starting 17th in the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, November 14. Crafton earned that slot in qualifying for the race ...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Matt Crafton will close out his third full season of NASCAR Truck Series competition by starting 17th in the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, November 14. Crafton earned that slot in qualifying for the race Thursday, November 13. Bobby Hamilton won the pole.

"This is our last race in the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet," Crafton said. "We were hoping for a little better than 17th, but we're in the front half of the field in what may be the deepest field I've seen in my three years in this series."

Overall, 44 trucks entered the Ford 200. Among those starting behind Crafton are NASCAR Winston Cup Series veterans Ken Schrader and Mike Wallace, former Truck Series champion Jack Sprague and reigning ARCA Series champion Frank Kimmel.

"This is a heck of a field," Crafton said. "I think this is the preview of what the Truck Series is going to be like next year. But before that time comes, I really want to go out and give the ThorSport Racing Team once more top-10 run.

"We've struggled in these last few races, but the guys haven't gotten down, haven't given up. We've had the best year the team's ever had, and after how we ran in Happy Hour, I think we're in a position to finish it on a high note."

Crafton is currently 11th in the series point standings, 53 points behind 10th-place Chad Chaffin, who qualified second.

"We'd like to get the top-10 finish, but regardless, this will be the team's best points' finish," Crafton said. "We're going out there tomorrow to run all day and stay on the lead lap. We'll probably need something to happen to Chad for us to pass him for 10th. We can't worry about that. We can only worry about our truck and doing what we can to get a good finish in the race."

Crafton's fastest lap around the newly-reconfigured 1.5-mile oval was 32.714 seconds (165.067 miles per hour). Hamilton earned the pole with a 31.905/169.252 lap.

The Ford 200 is slated to start at 3:15 p.m. EST/12:15 p.m. PST. The race will be telecast live on SpeedChannel and broadcast on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

-tsr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Chad Chaffin