Loudon: Matt Crafton race report

Crafton Racks Up Sixth Top-5 of 2010 at New Hampshire Loudon, N.H. (September 19, 2010) -- Matt Crafton consistently ran among the top five throughout the day and crossed the line to finish Saturday's TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New ...

Crafton Racks Up Sixth Top-5 of 2010 at New Hampshire

Loudon, N.H. (September 19, 2010) -- Matt Crafton consistently ran among the top five throughout the day and crossed the line to finish Saturday's TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the fourth position. Crafton has now piloted the No. 88 Menards/SealBest Chevrolet to six top-five finishes in 2010 to solidify his chances to race into the top five in the championship standings over the course of the final six races of the season.

It wasn't all roses for Crafton as there were some anxious moments late in the race as leaders Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick mixed it up directly in front of him. As the two leaders ricocheted off one another, Crafton had to be ready for anything in case one or both of them lost control.

"It was intense at the end," Crafton said. "It was a pretty calm race until 15 to go. Then they really started to race hard and they bounced off each other a couple times. The guys I was racing with all just calmed down for a second just in case we had to react to something in front of us. I would have liked to have seen them get a little rougher, maybe it would have opened the door for us and we could have snuck past and had a chance to win."

Crafton's solid performance also resulted in his tenth consecutive top-ten finish to continue the series' longest streak by any driver this season.

"We've definitely found that consistency we were looking for early in the season," Crafton said. "One side of your brain wishes you could have a do-over and try to change those bad finishes but the other knows if you spend any time thinking about it you aren't looking at what's next. Yeah, it would be nice to have those races back but we aren't looking behind us, we're looking at the next six races and focused on doing what we need to do to win at least one of them and get us into the top five in the points."

Crafton jumped two positions in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings to fifth, just 63 points behind fourth-place Timothy Peters. He has a slim five-point advantage over Austin Dillon and a 66-point cushion over seventh-place Ron Hornaday.

Next up for Crafton and the No. 88 Menards/SealBest Chevrolet is the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 20th race of the 2010 season is scheduled to go green shortly after 9:30 P.M. Eastern on Saturday September 25. The race will be televised live on SPEED and will be broadcast live nationwide on select affiliates of the MRN Radio network and on Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Matt Crafton , Timothy Peters , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch