St. Louis: Matt Crafton race notes

MADISON, Ill. - Despite a handling malady that made it difficult to drive his truck through the center of the corners, Matt Crafton earned 10th position in the Ram Tough 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Gateway International Raceway Saturday,...

MADISON, Ill. - Despite a handling malady that made it difficult to drive his truck through the center of the corners, Matt Crafton earned 10th position in the Ram Tough 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Gateway International Raceway Saturday, July 19. It was his sixth top-10 finish in the last eight truck events.

"We missed the handle tonight," Crafton said. "We were so tight. The guys did a good job on pit road and made some adjustments that helped, but we just didn't have anything better than a 10th-place truck tonight."

Crafton, who started 12th, raced inside the top-10 throughout much of the event. He was eighth in the early laps and returned to that position as the laps waned, but yielded a pair of positions in the final 13 laps of the 160-lap event at the 1.25-mile oval.

"We were trying to play the track position game late in the race," Crafton said. "Thought we might be able to hold some of them off in that short run at the end, but it just didn't work out.

"We missed the set up and still got a top-10.  I guess it's a good sign
of how things are coming together for us.  We used to be happy finishing
10th.  Tonight, we're disappointed with it."

The performance kept Crafton to 12th in the series point standings. The circuit continues with a July 26 event in Brooklyn, Mich.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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