Crafton 10th after incredible Indy finish. CLERMONT, Ind. - The beneficiary of a final lap that can only be described as incredible, Matt Crafton posted his fourth top-10 finish of the season, earning 10th-place in the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR ...
Crafton 10th after incredible Indy finish.
CLERMONT, Ind. - The beneficiary of a final lap that can only be described as incredible, Matt Crafton posted his fourth top-10 finish of the season, earning 10th-place in the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park Friday, August 2. Terry Cook won the event.
After taking the white flag in 16th position, Crafton passed six trucks on the final lap to earn the 10th-place finish. The positions were gained in a wild melee in the second corner that collected six trucks, including four that were running among the top-10 at the time.
"Can't say that I've ever gone from 16th to 10th in the final laps before," Crafton said. "It was a strange finish. It helped put a positive ending on what had been a pretty frustrating day."
After practicing among the fastest trucks in the field, Crafton damaged the right front corner of the No. 88 Menards/ColorPave Chevrolet in qualifying. Despite earning the 15th starting position, Crafton was forced to the rear of the 36-truck field for the start of the 200-lap race. The move, per NASCAR rules, was necessitated by the need to repair damages incurred in the qualifying incident.
"I feel bad for the guys that we had to go the back because of the damage to the truck," Crafton said. "I thought we had a chance to put the Menards/ColorPave Chevy in the top-10, maybe the top-five. I was going for it, and it bit me. I think, given that we still qualified 15th after hitting the wall, I was right. We had a very good truck."
With hurried repairs completed, Crafton charged from the back of the top-20 in short order. He raced as high as ninth in mid-race before sagging back to 20th as the laps waned. A pair of late-race cautions helped him gain positions and set up the final dash to the flag.
The performance moved Crafton up two spots to 15th in the series point standings. He's one point shy of 14th. It marked the fifth-straight race he's finished in the top-20.
"We're getting consistent," Crafton said. "Now, we need to get consistently better. We can still race in the top-five and contend to win this season. Now's the time to make strides that direction."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues with the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway Saturday, August 10.