Two Top-Fives for Crafton in Iowa Newton, Ia. (July 12, 2010) -- After a bout of rough racing luck throughout May and June, Matt Crafton kicked off the summer stretch with a strong third-place run in the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World ...
Two Top-Fives for Crafton in Iowa
Newton, Ia. (July 12, 2010) -- After a bout of rough racing luck throughout May and June, Matt Crafton kicked off the summer stretch with a strong third-place run in the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. Crafton also finished fifth in Saturday night's Prairie Meadows 200 ARCA Racing Series event after leading 30 laps during the middle stages of the race.
Crafton started the No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Chevrolet in tenth but made a strong move into the top six on the start, eventually cracking into the top five after the first round of pit stops at lap 42. From there, Crafton stalked the leaders for the next 100 laps before a restart at lap 150. At the drop of the green, Crafton's lane jammed up and he dropped back to seventh. Two more late-race restarts allowed Crafton to stay in contact with the leaders, allowing him to move up to fifth by lap 195. When a caution for debris on the frontstretch on lap 198 sent the race into overtime, he jumped to third when Justin Lofton ran out of fuel just before the restart.
"I was lined up in fifth waiting for the restart and the 7 truck about stopped in front of us and pulled off the track," Crafton said. "Maybe our luck has finally changed. At Dover the same thing happened just after they threw the green flag and we just about wrecked and it cost us a win. I guess it's all about timing."
Crafton nearly had a shot at ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter for second on the final restart.
"I saw Johnny had to check up when the 3 didn't go at the restart," Crafton said. "I thought I might be able to get inside him going into one but he came down to block. The 3 was definitely the truck to beat today but it's awesome for everyone involved here to get both ThorSport trucks in the top three. We'd have liked to have won but after the last couple of months we'll take third. Hopefully it gives us some momentum for the next six weeks and we can get some more top fives, get a win or two and get back in the points."
Crafton moves up one position to ninth in the Camping World Truck Series championship standings, just three points behind eighth-place David Starr and just 101 points behind third-place Ron Hornaday.
Next up for Crafton and the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet is the Camping World 200 at Gateway International Raceway on Friday July 16.