Milwaukee: Matt Crafton race report

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Matt Crafton charged to a ninth-place finish, matching a season-best performance, in the GNC Live Well 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday, June 28 at the Milwaukee Mile. Brendan Gaughan won the event. The finish...

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Matt Crafton charged to a ninth-place finish, matching a season-best performance, in the GNC Live Well 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday, June 28 at the Milwaukee Mile. Brendan Gaughan won the event.

The finish was Crafton's fourth top-10 in the last five races. He matched the ninth-place finish he posted in Concord, N.C. in May for the best finish of the season.

"It's another top-10, which is what you have to do in this series," Crafton said. "We were tight early and tight late. In the middle, we were pretty darned good. We got a caution when we needed it to stay on the lead lap.

"We're leaving here without a mark on the truck.  We got another top-10.
It was a good points day.  All in all, we're happy."

Crafton started 13th in the 36-truck field. He raced between 12th and 14th throughout much of the first 150 laps around the flat one-mile oval.

A caution on lap 133, the lone such period of the event, helped Crafton close the gap on the leaders. It also allowed the ThorSport Racing crew to fix the exhaust pipes on the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado.

After the restart on lap 138, Crafton charged past Carl Edwards and Rich Bickle to move from 12th to 10th place. He eventually chased down Jon Wood and passed for ninth position as the laps waned.

The performance allowed Crafton to move to a tie for 11th position in the series point standings.

The series continues with a race in Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday, July 5.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Carl Edwards