Phoenix: Matt Crafton race summary

Crafton overcomes mid-race problems to finish ninth in Silverado 150. AVONDALE, Ariz. - After racing into the top-10 early in the event, Matt Crafton had to charge from the back to finish ninth in the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

Crafton overcomes mid-race problems to finish ninth in Silverado 150.

AVONDALE, Ariz. - After racing into the top-10 early in the event, Matt Crafton had to charge from the back to finish ninth in the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at the Phoenix International Raceway Friday, November 8. Kevin Harvick won the race.

"We had a top-five truck today. The Menards/ColorPave Chevrolet was awesome," Crafton said. "We had a problem with the alternator in the middle of the race. We caught a break getting a caution when we needed it and the guys did a great job fixing it on a pit stop. But it put us so far behind that we ended up finishing ninth, not in the top-five like I think we should have."

Crafton sagged to 14th position before the pit stop on lap 73 which included repairing a wire attached to the alternator. He returned to the track in 19th position.

"It was fun racing up through the pack like that," Crafton said. "I really like racing here at Phoenix."

The race was Crafton's second in as many days at the one-mile oval. He finished fourth in the Cruise America 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race Thursday, November 7.

The Silverado 150 performance was Crafton's best truck finish since he was seventh in a June event in Roanoke, Texas. It was his second-best finish of the 2002 campaign and his fifth top-10 performance in 21 starts this season.

The 2002 NCTS season concludes with a November 15 race in Homestead, Fla. Crafton heads into the finale 15th in the circuit point standings.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton