Tough Luck Derails Crafton in Texas Ft. Worth, Tex. (June 4, 2010) -- If it weren't for bad luck at Texas Motor Speedway, Matt Crafton wouldn't have had any luck at all during Friday's WinStar World Casino 400. After starting on the front...
Tough Luck Derails Crafton in Texas
Ft. Worth, Tex. (June 4, 2010) -- If it weren't for bad luck at Texas Motor Speedway, Matt Crafton wouldn't have had any luck at all during Friday's WinStar World Casino 400. After starting on the front row, Crafton fought a tight condition that forced the No. 88 Menards/Australian Gold Chevy to drift back through the top ten during the early stages of the race. After a couple of adjustments to loosen it up, Crafton's truck was as fast as the leaders but trapped a lap behind.
Just as he was set to challenge for the free pass position and be eligible to rejoin the lead lap should a caution come out, Crafton was nicked by another truck and forced to pit to remedy a left rear tire rub. Then, after a subsequent caution, Crafton was swept up in an accident involving David Starr on lap 164 after Starr punctured a right front tire going into turn one. Crafton was forced to retire with terminal damage and relegated to an 18th-place finish.
"It was just a bad night for the Menards Chevy," Crafton lamented afterwards. "We were too tight early on and lost a lap to the leaders. Once we loosened the truck up we were just as fast as the leaders were but couldn't get track position to get the free pass. We eventually got into position to get the free pass but we got hit by someone else and it pushed the left rear fender in on the tire. This isn't a place where you want a tire to blow out so we came to get it fixed and it cost us another lap. We were just out riding around trying to make it to the end when the 81 (Starr) blew a right front right when we were on his outside going into turn one. We bounced off the fence and wadded up the truck pretty good. It's a little frustrating because we know we're a better team than our finishes have shown the last month but we aren't giving up. We know we can go to Michigan and win and we're going to give it the best we can to make it happen."
Crafton now sits seventh in the NASCAR Camping World championship standings, 252 points behind Texas winner and leader Todd Bodine. He's just 33 points behind Mike Skinner for sixth and 47 points behind ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter in fifth.
Next up for Matt Crafton and the No. 88 Menards/SealBest Chevrolet is the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday June 12. The race is scheduled for a 2 P.M. Eastern start and will be televised live on SPEED and broadcast on select affiliates of the MRN Radio network nationwide as well as on Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128 (XM 104).