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Crafton Hangs On To Win Kansas Truck Race

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 20 2013

Matt Crafton celebrates Kansas style. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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Matt Crafton held off Joey Coulter to win Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

The victory was Crafton’s first of the season and the third of his career. In beating Coulter to the finish line by .168 seconds, Crafton became the 13th different winner in 13 races at Kansas, breaking a tie for the series record with Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With a late pass, Ryan Blaney finished third, followed by Brendan Gaughan and series leader Johnny Sauter, Crafton’s ThorSport Racing teammate.

The race was red-flagged after Lap 120 after Todd Bodine took two brutal hits in the same wreck. Driving to the inside of Bodine, Brennan Newberry got loose and his No. 14 Chevrolet knocked Bodine into the outside wall. As Bodine’s Toyota slid down the track, impact from Bryan Silas’ Ford destroyed the front clip of Bodine’s truck and launched it back into the outside wall.

Bodine escaped injury, but the wreck left just 18 trucks—half the field—rolling for a restart on Lap 126, after a stoppage of 12 minutes, 41 seconds.

Contact between teammates on Lap 34 deprived the race of one of its fastest trucks. Polesitter James Buescher’s Chevrolet got loose during a restart and tapped the Chevy of his Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Miguel Paludo as the drivers battled for the lead.

Paludo crashed hard into the frontstretch wall and took his crippled truck to the garage.

“It’s OK—I know he didn’t mean to get into me,” Paludo said after exiting his truck. “It’s unfortunate, because we were having a great run, and we really needed a good finish.”

Shortly after the halfway point, another wreck took out another contender. After a restart on Lap 88, Kyle Busch got loose in traffic and chased his truck up the banking. Ryan Blaney passed Busch without incident, but the same wasn’t true of German Quiroga.

As Quiroga pulled to the inside of Busch’s Toyota, Quiroga lost control, and in trying to correct he spun Busch’s Tundra into the outside wall, ending the race for the No. 51 KBM team.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

1. (6) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 167, $41005.

2. (11) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 167, $32620.

3. (19) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 167, $26140.

4. (8) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 167, $17530.

5. (4) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 167, $15755.

6. (1) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 167, $19630.

7. (15) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 167, $14180.

8. (5) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 167, $14105.

9. (13) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 167, $14030.

10. (18) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 167, $15255.

11. (12) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 167, $13930.

12. (14) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 167, $13805.

13. (31) David Starr, Toyota, 166, $13730.

14. (23) Tim George Jr., Ford, 166, $13680.

15. (3) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 166, $14505.

16. (28) Clay Greenfield, RAM, 165, $11505.

17. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 163, $11230.

18. (27) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, 161, $11180.

19. (21) Bryan Silas, Ford, Accident, 120, $13380.

20. (17) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, Accident, 119, $13930.

21. (10) Todd Bodine, Toyota, Accident, 119, $13280.

22. (36) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, Accident, 106, $11005.

23. (30) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, Accident, 100, $11980.

24. (16) Joey Logano(i), Ford, Engine, 99, $10955.

25. (9) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, Accident, 99, $12080.

26. (34) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Engine, 99, $10905.

27. (7) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, Accident, 90, $10880.

28. (25) Danny Efland(i), Chevrolet, Clutch, 77, $10855.

29. (24) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Engine, 59, $10800.

30. (35) Jamie Dick(i), Chevrolet, Transmission, 43, $11275.

31. (2) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, Accident, 35, $10750.

32. (20) John Wes Townley, Toyota, Accident, 27, $10725.

33. (29) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, Overheating, 8, $10700.

34. (26) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Carburetor, 5, $10675.

35. (22) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 4, $10650.

36. (32) Scott Saunders, RAM, Vibration, 2, $10622.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 103.028 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 25 Mins, 53 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.167 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 11 for 52 laps.

Lead Changes: 18 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Buescher 1-14; B. Silas 15; M. Paludo 16-20; J. Buescher 21-33; J. Burton # 34-35; M. Crafton 36-39; J. Buescher 40-61; K. Busch(i) 62-72; G. Quiroga # 73; D. Wallace Jr. # 74-80; J. Burton # 81-84; T. Dillon 85-95; J. Burton # 96-108; J. Buescher 109-114; J. Coulter 115-118; J. Burton # 119-125; J. Coulter 126-136; D. Wallace Jr. # 137; M. Crafton 138-167.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Buescher 4 times for 55 laps; M. Crafton 2 times for 34 laps; J. Burton # 4 times for 26 laps; J. Coulter 2 times for 15 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 11 laps; K. Busch(i) 1 time for 11 laps; D. Wallace Jr. # 2 times for 8 laps; M. Paludo 1 time for 5 laps; G. Quiroga # 1 time for 1 lap; B. Silas 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: J. Sauter – 174; M. Crafton – 162; J. Burton # – 149; R. Blaney # – 141; T. Dillon – 135; J. Buescher – 133; B. Gaughan – 128; D. Wallace Jr. # – 127; J. Coulter – 125; D. Armstrong – 121.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 20 2013
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