Matt Crafton Wins Crash Fest At Kansas Speedway

by Roberta Cowan On Sat, Apr. 20, 2013

Photo Credit: Chris Trottman/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Chris Trottman/Getty Images

Matt Crafton stormed to the victory for the Camping World Truck Series tonight, holding off Joey Coulter in the late stages of the race.  This is Crafton’s first win of the 2013 season and fourth top 10 finish.

“It’s huge,” Crafton said. “Yesterday we were 18th average on the second practice and we were a 20th place truck at best — to be honest.  They changed so much on this truck — you always hear people say it, but they changed four springs, sway bar, sway bar arms — I mean tons of stuff.  There’s a bunch more stuff that they changed that would probably lose everybody, but they made a whole sale change and what that comes down to is teamwork and believing in each other and then going out there and doing it.”

It was Crafton’s first win since 2011 at Iowa.  Crafton took the lead with 42 laps to go with a three-wide pass and held off the charge of Joey Coulter to take the win.

“The show was so awesome — it was a great race,” Crafton continued. “My spotter told me where Joey (Coulter) was a little bit and he had a very, very fast truck.  I think track position was everything and it was whoever got out front.  We contemplated and contemplated on that last restart because we had talked about it earlier on the red flag — where would you start if you were leading this race at the end?  They said the outside early and then the yellow comes out and we’re leading and I said, ‘Where do you guys want to start?’  They said, ‘That’s up to you.’  (Carl) Joiner (crew chief) thinks inside and I went outside.  Then he could blame me after that.  The bottom — you could get sucked around so easy and I wanted to be on the outside to be able to control it.”

Joey Coulter would hold on for second for his first top five of the season.

“It was wide open out there, doing whatever I could do,” Coulter said. “I could pull him off a corner, it all equaled out. Great day for the 18 tundra. Everybody did an awesome job on pit road. We got caught a lap down but we’re able to get back and Harold – he pulled off some great pit strategy.”

Rookie Ryan Blaney passed Brendan Gaughan in the final trip down the backstretch while points leader Johnny Sauter finished fifth.

Defending champion and pole sitter James Buescher would lead the most laps – 55 – on the way to finishing sixth. It marks his first top 10 of the season. Darrell Wallace Jr. would finish seventh, followed by Ty Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Timothy Peters.

The race was a crashed filled event with 11 cautions, that saw only 17 cars out of 36 starters finish the race. The most frightening of those incidents came on lap 121, involving Todd Bodine, Brennan Newberry and Bryan Silas and resulted in a 12 minute red flag to clear the track of debris that covered nearly one whole end of the track.

Sauter continues to lead the standings, 12 points ahead of Matt Crafton.

Unofficial Race Results
SFP 250, Kansas Speedway
Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
1 6 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 47
2 11 18 Joey Coulter Toyota 43
3 19 29 Ryan Blaney # Ford 41
4 8 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 40
5 4 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota 39
6 1 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 40
7 15 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Toyota 38
8 5 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 37
9 13 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet 35
10 18 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 34
11 12 77 German Quiroga # Toyota 34
12 14 60 Dakoda Armstrong Chevrolet 32
13 31 81 David Starr Toyota 31
14 23 5 Tim George Jr. Ford 30
15 3 4 Jeb Burton # Chevrolet 30
16 28 68 Clay Greenfield 28
17 33 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet 27
18 27 63 Justin Jennings Chevrolet 26
19 21 99 Bryan Silas Ford 26
20 17 14 Brennan Newberry # Chevrolet 24
21 10 13 Todd Bodine Toyota 23
22 36 21 Spencer Gallagher Chevrolet 22
23 30 27 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 21
24 16 19 Joey Logano(i) Ford 0
25 9 8 Max Gresham Chevrolet 19
26 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 18
27 7 51 Kyle Busch(i) Toyota 0
28 25 6 Danny Efland(i) Chevrolet 0
29 24 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 15
30 35 7 Jamie Dick(i) Chevrolet 0
31 2 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet 14
32 20 7 John Wes Townley Toyota 12
33 29 84 Mike Harmon(i) Chevrolet 0
34 26 93 Chris Jones Chevrolet 10
35 22 38 JJ Yeley(i) Chevrolet 0
36 32 0 Scott Saunders 8
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I am a racing Legacy. My father was track champion at our local track many times. I made my first trip to victory lane when I was 6 days old. I have done some racing myself and have won some modified races on asphalt and dirt. I have a master's degree in nursing and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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