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Crafton Back In Groove, Contention In Truck Series

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Matt Crafton’s bid to win a third straight Camping World Truck Series championship took a needed step forward on Saturday when he won at Martinsville Speedway.

He won the race by .396 seconds over second place John Hunter Nemechek.

The victory was the fifth of the season for Crafton and allowed him to trim 13 points from the lead of Erik Jones.

“It’s very big,” Crafton said when asked the importance of the win, “if you look at the last few races – Talladega, Las Vegas and we’ve led the most laps in all those. I have no idea what we led today, but we led enough and we led the right one. We’ve had very fast trucks and it’s all about what Junior (Carl Joiner, crew chief) and every one of these guys have been building and bringing to the race track. Finally, we have to finish off what we started for the last two weeks and I felt that we should have won the last two. Talladega, you never know because it’s a crap shoot at the end, but we had a very fast truck. I just tried to manage my stuff all race and just keep my nose clean and be there at the end and just not make any mistakes and the second to last run, I got a little tight and he just worked his magic and away it went.”

Jones finished 10th and holds a 10-point lead over Crafton with three races remaining.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Kroger 200

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Saturday, October 31, 2015

  1. (13) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 200, $39197.
  2. (3) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 200, $29673.
  3. (2) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 200, $21627.
  4. (1) Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 200, $23569.
  5. (4) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 200, $17413.
  6. (11) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 200, $15471.
  7. (16) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 200, $15005.
  8. (18) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 200, $12700.
  9. (17) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 200, $14895.
  10. (8) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 200, $15789.
  11. (26) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 200, $14783.
  12. (5) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 200, $14644.
  13. (9) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 200, $14589.
  14. (10) Ben Kennedy, Toyota, 200, $14534.
  15. (23) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 200, $14823.
  16. (6) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 200, $12290.
  17. (25) Ross Kenseth(i), Toyota, 200, $12035.
  18. (19) Mason Mingus, Chevrolet, 200, $14228.
  19. (27) Austin Hill, Ford, 200, $11923.
  20. (21) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, 200, $14618.
  21. (7) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 200, $14090.
  22. (28) Bobby Pierce, Chevrolet, 200, $14062.
  23. (12) David Gilliland(i), Ford, 200, $11785.
  24. (30) Camden Murphy, Chevrolet, 200, $12757.
  25. (14) Austin Cindric, Ford, 200, $12852.
  26. (24) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 199, $11674.
  27. (29) Brandon Hightower, Chevrolet, 196, $11591.
  28. (15) Dalton Sargeant, Toyota, 196, $11345.
  29. (20) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 196, $11290.
  30. (31) Paige Decker, Chevrolet, 193, $10790.
  31. (32) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 186, $9290.
  32. (22) JJ Haley, Chevrolet, Accident, 119, $8290.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  60.615 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 44 Mins, 08 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.396 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  12 for 69 laps.

Lead Changes:  6 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Custer 1-36; G. Gaulding 37-45; C. Custer 46-82; J. Nemechek # 83; C. Custer 84-106; J. Nemechek # 107-137; M. Crafton 138-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  C. Custer 3 times for 96 laps; M. Crafton 1 time for 63 laps; J. Nemechek # 2 times for 32 laps; G. Gaulding 1 time for 9 laps.

Top 10 in Points: E. Jones # – 776; M. Crafton – 766; T. Reddick – 763; J. Sauter – 722; T. Peters – 680; C. Hayley # – 663; D. Hemric # – 644; J. Townley – 627; B. Kennedy – 595; S. Gallagher # – 574.

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 31 2015
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