Loudon: Matt Crafton race notes

LOUDON, N.H. - Running sixth as the laps wound down in the New Hampshire 200 NASCAR Truck Series race, the last thing Matt Crafton wanted to see was a caution flag. When another truck crashed on the front stretch on lap 179, that's exactly what...

LOUDON, N.H. - Running sixth as the laps wound down in the New Hampshire 200 NASCAR Truck Series race, the last thing Matt Crafton wanted to see was a caution flag. When another truck crashed on the front stretch on lap 179, that's exactly what happened Saturday, September 13 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

After the race resumed on lap 184, Crafton found himself fighting in a tight pack in the back half of the top 10. He eventually earned 10th place in the race which was won by Jimmy Spencer.

"We didn't need that last caution," Crafton said. "We were sixth, and I'm pretty certain nobody was going to catch us from behind. We were starting to reel a couple of other trucks in. I think we had a shot at a top-five."

Crafton was still running seventh in the final five laps, but contact with the front stretch wall further hampered the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet.

"That might have been the dumbest thing I've ever done in racing," Crafton said. "I flat drove it into the fence coming off four. I apologized to the team because my mistake cost us three positions in the last three laps."

Nonetheless, Crafton posted his 10th top-10 finish of the season with seven races remaining on the 2003 slate. His career-best is 11 top-10's, set as a truck rookie in 2001.

"The top 10's are nice, but we are still looking for top fives and chances to race to win," Crafton said. "I'm disappointed with our finish today because we didn't race for the top-five at the end."

The performance moved Crafton to 11th in the series point standings. The circuit continues with a September 20 race in Fontana, Calif.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Matt Crafton