Michigan: Matt Crafton race report

Engine Problems Sideline Crafton at Michigan Brooklyn, Mich. (June 12, 2010) -- After running among the top five in the early going and then charging from the tail of the field to the front following a penalty on a pit stop, Matt Crafton was ...

Engine Problems Sideline Crafton at Michigan

Brooklyn, Mich. (June 12, 2010) -- After running among the top five in the early going and then charging from the tail of the field to the front following a penalty on a pit stop, Matt Crafton was sidelined early when the engine in his No. 88 Menards/NIBCO Chevrolet went sour with 17 laps to go in Saturday's VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Crafton finished 27th in the 36-truck field.

After starting third, Crafton quickly established the strength of his truck by leading the second lap and then staying among five in the early going. But on a fuel stop under the second caution on lap 12, the fuel can became lodged in the fuel filler as Crafton tried to leave his stall, dragging the can and fuel man Rich Riley out of the stall and drawing a tail-of-the-field penalty. Not to be deterred, Crafton made short work of the field and quickly raced back into the top ten.

With less than 20 laps to go, Crafton was set to battle for a position among the top five when he suddenly slowed down the backstretch. After a short stay on pit road, crew chief Bud Haefele determined the engine problems to be terminal and Crafton retired for the afternoon.

"It's disappointing because we probably had one of the top three trucks here," Crafton said. "We never worried about restarting at the back because we knew we were good enough to get back to the front. Our engines have been bullet-proof the last couple of seasons. It felt like we had a valve spring break. We'll put this behind us and regroup in the month off we have between now and Iowa and focus on winning some races between now at the end of the season."

Crafton now sits tenth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, nine points behind ninth-place Ricky Carmichael and 81 points behind teammate Johnny Sauter in fifth.

The next race for Matt Crafton and the No. 88 Menards/SealBest Chevrolet is the Iowa 200 at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway on Sunday July 11.

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter , Ricky Carmichael