Texas: Matt Crafton race notes

Crafton mats it to Texas 10th FORT WORTH, Texas - Compensating for a lack of speed down the straightaways, Matt Crafton kept his foot on the floor all night and found a way to finish in the top-10 of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Truck...

Crafton mats it to Texas 10th

FORT WORTH, Texas - Compensating for a lack of speed down the straightaways, Matt Crafton kept his foot on the floor all night and found a way to finish in the top-10 of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 6. Crafton claimed 10th in the event, which was won by Brendan Gaughan.

"I think I'm going to need a foot massage tonight. I was pushing so hard on the gas pedal all night I thought I might snap it in two," Crafton said. "We were at Texas, but I felt like I was running Daytona: wide open all the way around, keep your momentum up and chase the draft."

After starting 15th in the 36-truck field, Crafton sagged to 17th in the early laps. He steadily moved forward and was running 13th when the race went under the caution flag for the first time on lap 55 of the 167 laps that made up the 250-mile race.

Crafton raced into the top-10 for the first time as the race neared the mid-point. He eventually moved the Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado as high as sixth during a caution period during laps 121-124. He settled back to 10th on the subsequent restart and remained there throughout the balance of the race.

The performance kept Crafton 15th in the series point standings. He's in a tight pack, 10 points from 12th position.

The series continues with a race in Millington, Tenn. on Saturday, June 21.

-tsr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Brendan Gaughan