Third top-10 in last four races; Crafton 10th at Memphis. MILLINGTON, Tenn. - For the third time in four races, Matt Crafton earned a top-10 finish, taking 10th place in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at the Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday, June...
Third top-10 in last four races; Crafton 10th at Memphis.
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - For the third time in four races, Matt Crafton earned a top-10 finish, taking 10th place in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at the Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday, June 21. Ted Musgrave won the race.
Crafton, who started 12th, raced outside the top-10 for much of the first 120 of the 200 laps that made up the race around the 0.75-mile oval. Good pit strategy gave him the lead inside the final 70 laps, but the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado wasn't able to stay among the leaders.
"We were a 10th-place truck most of the day, so I guess we finished about where we should," Crafton said. "(Crew chief) Jerry Cook made a great call on the pit stops and got us the lead there for a few laps, but we didn't have what we needed to stay out front."
According to Crafton, straightaway speed was the key.
"We had a great handling truck, but we were getting beat in the straights," Crafton said. "Guess we missed it on gear or something."
Contact with the truck driven by Jay Sherston nearly ruined Crafton's day within the first 50 laps. Crafton and Sherston got together in turn two. Sherton nearly spun and the right front fender on Crafton's truck was caved in on the tire. A caution on lap 55 later helped save the day.
"The guys did a great job on that pit stop. They knocked the fender back out and we still only lost a couple of positions," Crafton said. "We've added some new guys the last few weeks. They are really good guys and really know their stuff.
"I can see that this team is gelling. Getting three top-10's in four starts is just the beginning. I know we can run in the top five soon."
The Memphis performance vaulted Crafton from 15th to 12th in the series point standings.
The circuit continues with a June 28 race in West Allis, Wis.