Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra made his 16th career start at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS) in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Active Pest Control 200. Starting seventh, the ThorSport Racing driver showed his strength throughout the 130-lap event finishing third in Stage 1, fifth in Stage 2, and bringing home his fifth top-five finish at the 1.54-mile track, finishing second.
Battling a Toyota Tundra that was “tight through the center and off the corners,” Crafton and crew chief Carl “Junior” Joiner, worked on the handling of his Menards Toyota Tundra throughout the event. In the closing laps, Crafton would lead the 32-truck field twice for two laps, but fall to second with 11 laps to go, and the 2015 AMS race winner would eventually cross the stripe second, behind race winner, Christopher Bell. The solid run was Crafton’s fifth top-five finish at AMS.
Was there anything you could have done to catch Christopher Bell?
“No, we had a really good one right there. I thought we were going to pull it off. I could hear him down there spinning the tires. I thought to myself, ‘just keep spinning them.’ But, we had a shot, and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. We had a shot at them on that last restart, and it was close. This Menards Toyota Tundra was good, but it wasn’t great. We just lacked on short run speed. The 4 truck definitely had us on that, but if anybody’s listening at Atlanta Motor Speedway, I think we need to start a driver’s council. Please do not repave this race track. This is by far the coolest race track that we race on – you can move everywhere. Did you see where we ran? I mean on the yellow line, the middle of the race track, against the fence – it was great racing, and that’s what it’s all about – when you have good old asphalt like that and put on a great show for everybody.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had three practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Matt Crafton was seventh, eighth, and seventh, respectively.
Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 marked Crafton’s 16th start at the 1.54-mile track. Starting seventh, Crafton led the field twice for two laps and finished second in the 130-lap event.
In 16 starts at AMS, Crafton has one pole (2016), one win (2015), and has led 173 laps en route to five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
In 386 career starts, Crafton has 12 poles, and has led 2138 laps en route to 13 wins, 98 top-five, and 227 top-10 finishes.
Crafton’s ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Rhodes), eighth (Enfinger), and 16th (Coughlin).
Up next: The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 1.
About Ideal Door:
IDEAL Door is a leader in residential and commercial garage doors and is a preferred brand among consumers, architects, specifiers and building professionals. For more information visit: www.IdealDoorGarageDoors.com
A family-owned and run company started in 1958, Menards currently operates 305 stores located in 14 Midwestern states. Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the low price leader; it’s no wonder their famous slogan – “SAVE BIG MONEY” – is so widely known and easy to remember. Menards does things right – the company’s strength and success can be seen in the well-stocked and maintained stores, the lowest prices in town, and the way Guests are always treated like family. For more information visit:www.Menards.com
About ThorSport Racing:
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. The team has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, and enters it’s 22nd consecutive season. In 2017 ThorSport Racing will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.