South Boston: Matt Crafton race notes

Crafton 12th in Hardee'S 250. SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Saddled with a deep-in-the-pack starting position, Matt Crafton used a fast truck and good pit strategy to get to the front of the field in the Hardee's 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race ...

Crafton 12th in Hardee'S 250.

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Saddled with a deep-in-the-pack starting position, Matt Crafton used a fast truck and good pit strategy to get to the front of the field in the Hardee's 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the South Boston Speedway Saturday, September 21. Crafton eventually finished 12th in the race, which was won by Mike Bliss.

Crafton, who started 26th in the 36-truck field, charged into the top-20 in the opening 20 laps of the 250-lap race around the tight 0.4-mile oval. He brought the Menards/ColorPave Chevrolet to pit road once in the first 100 laps and then stayed out while other pitting to gain track position. Crafton raced as high as fourth in the field.

Crafton remained in the fifth position as the race reached its final 75 laps, but suspension damage and worn tires cost him value time in the waning circutis. He took the checkered flag as the first truck one lap behind Bliss.

"I really thought we were going to have a solid top-10 finish today," Crafton said. "But the Menards/ColorPave Chevrolet got really tight in the final few laps. I thought we were just out of tires, but looking at the truck now, there's some damage to the left front suspension that probably cost us a much as anything else.

"It's disappointing not to finish up front after racing there, but we came from the back and got to the front. They knew we were here today."

The performance kept Crafton 15th in the series point standings with four races remaining in the 2002 season. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues with a race in Las Vegas, Nev. Sunday, October 13.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Mike Bliss