Crafton wins Martinsville NASCAR Camping Globe Truck Series race in ‘overtime’: The victory marked the first Martinsville win of his occupation

The victory marked the 1st Martinsville win of his job

By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Services on March 30, 2014

Crafton was masterful in his victory.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Matt Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series race on Sunday at Martinsville.

In fading sunlight, in the second race of a Sunday doubleheader at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Crafton beat polesitter Darrell Wallace Jr. to the finish line to win the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping Globe Truck Series occasion under yellow simply because of a final-lap accident.

The reigning series champion sealed the victory on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish in a race that went 6 laps previous its scheduled distance of 256 laps at the .526-mile quick track.

The win was Crafton’s very first of the season, his initial at Martinsville and his 4th in 318 job begins. To safe it, Crafton had to survive a series of late restarts that tested the 2 his talent and his persistence.

Rookie Ben Kennedy ran third in a race that created a record 17 lead adjustments. Johnny Sauter was 4th, followed by Ryan Blaney.

The Kroger 250, postponed from Saturday due to the fact of rain, was run following the conclusion of Sunday’s STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Crafton’s No. 88 Toyota began out sluggish but benefited from productive adjustments all through the race.

“At the starting of the day, we had been horrible,” said Crafton, who led 47 laps. “I’m not going to lie. We had been horrible. We were actually, actually tight from the center (of the corner) off. I did not believe we had been going to get it proper there on people first 2 runs, but that is just the way these guys by no means give up.

“We made track bar adjustment, an additional track bar adjustment, air strain adjustment and lastly we acquired that point going.”

Crafton grabbed the lead from Peters on Lap 208 and held the prime spot till a caution for debris on the frontstretch slowed the field on Lap 225.

The lead-lap trucks already had visited pit road below caution on Lap 193 for the ultimate stops, and all the contenders stayed out on the track underneath the Lap 225 yellow and took the green for a restart on Lap 232, with Crafton major the discipline to the stripe.

Moments later on, former series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., who had led 62 laps, slammed the wall in between Turns 3 and 4 after speak to from the Toyota of German Quiroga.

Crafton retained the lead following the subsequent restart, and after Peters and Wallace settled second location, with Peters prevailing on Lap 239, the No. 17 Toyota started chasing the No. 88 Tundra of the race leader.

Gray Gaulding’s spin off Flip 2 on Lap 243, nonetheless, induced the eighth caution and set up the overtime finish. Erik Jones spun on the backstretch after get in touch with from Sauter to foil the 1st try at a green-white-checkered.

Outcomes

one. (10) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 256 laps, 118.8 rating, 47 points.

2. (1) Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 256, 126.6, 43.

3. (6) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 256, 94.4, 41.

4. (14) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 256, 120.one, 41.

5. (2) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 256, 106, 40.

6. (8) German Quiroga, Toyota, 256, 88.9, 38.

6. (3) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 256, 123.8, 38.

7 (twelve) Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 256, 84.5, 36.

9. (5) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 256, 115.9, 37.

8. (7) Brian Ickler, Toyota, 256, 86.1, 34.

eleven. (9) Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 256, 90.8, 33.

12. (twenty) John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 256, 81.9, 32.

13. (15) Chase Pistone, Chevrolet, 256, 69.6, 31.

14. (13) Ross Chastain, Ford, 256, 68.5, thirty.

15. (21) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 256, 75.6, 29.

16. (17) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 256, 63.2, 28.

17. (18) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 256, 70.9, 27.

18. (4) Erik Jones, Toyota, 256, 91.5, 26.

19. (eleven) Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 256, 70.9, 25.

twenty. (sixteen) John Wes Townley, Toyota, accident, 255, 88.2, 24.

21. (22) Jeb Burton, Toyota, 255, 59.8, 23.

22. (26) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 253, 55, 22.

23. (33) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 252, 50, .

24. (29) Ray Black Jr., Chevrolet, 250, 45.4, twenty.

25. (31) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, 249, 38.2, 19.

26. (34) Korbin Forrister, Chevrolet, 242, 35.2, 18.

27. (36) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ram, 241, 28.6, 17.

28. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 235, 29.9, sixteen.

29. (19) Mason Mingus, Toyota, 216, 56.6, 15.

30. (28) Clay Greenfield, Ram, driveshaft, 189, 39.2, 14.

31. (23) Tyler Youthful, Chevrolet, electrical power steering, 157, 39.3, 13.

32. (25) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, accident, 122, 49.1, 12.

33. (27) Bryan Silas, Chevrolet, accident, 120, forty.1, eleven.

34. (32) Josh Williams, Ford, brakes, 82, 35.8, 10.

35. (thirty) Raymond Terczak Jr., Chevrolet, brakes, 52, 31, 9.

36. (24) Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, fuel pump, 32, 34.one, 8.

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