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Matt Crafton

Team: ThorSport Racing-88-CWT
Age / DOB:  (41) / 6/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 160

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ThorSport Racing will partner with Ford Performance for the upcoming 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season and beyond.
Racing into its 23rd year of competition, the team looks to add to its notable history with support from the manufacturer. Matt Crafton returns for his 14th consecutive season, continuing his partnership with Menards in the NCWTS. A full driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the near future ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway. "With 23 years in the NCWTS, we look forward to our new partnership with Ford Performance in NASCAR," said team owner Duke Thorson. "Our pursuit of wins and championships remains at the forefront of our objectives."-ThorSport Racing Jan 22 - 12:25 PM

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Matt Crafton (No. 88 Black Label Bacon/Menards Toyota Tundra) finished sixth in last Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL.

He started eighth in the lineup and completed all laps of the 134-lap race. Crafton competed in all 23 truck races this year and closed out the season fourth in the 2017 NCWTS driver championship standings.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 10:57:00 AM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Black Label Bacon/Menards Toyota Tundra) has made 16 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2001.

His success includes one pole (2015), and 141 laps led en route to one win (2015), three top-five, and eighth top-10 finishes. Among active series drivers, who are entered in Friday night's 134-lap event at HMS, Crafton has the most starts (16), is one of two drivers with a win, is one of three drivers with three top-five finishes, has the most top-10 finishes (8), is the only driver entered with a pole, has completed the most laps (2185), and has led the most laps (141). Crafton, a two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, clinched his third consecutive Playoff berth following last Friday night's race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Menards driver will be one of four drivers vying for the title in Friday night's season finale at HMS.-ThorSport Racing
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 09:31:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra) was credited with a 21st place DNF in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, AZ.

He started fourth in the lineup and made it to lap 129 of the 150-lap race before exiting the event (Accident). Since this was the elimination race for the Chase Round of 6, only the top four continue to the Chase Championship 4 round at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. Crafton is ranked third after this race and will continue competing for the series title.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 10:58:00 AM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra) has made 16 starts at Phoenix Int'l Raceway.

His success includes 15 laps led en route to six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The Menards driver has a track-best start of second (2007, 2010, 2014), and a track-best finish of second (2014). Crafton, who is currently third (+24 points) in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, is looking to lock himself in to the Championship 4 following Friday night's elimination race at PIR. With the top-four drivers transferring to the Championship 4, the Menards driver needs to win, or maintain a top-four position in points, to race for the title in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week.-ThorSport Racing
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 09:43:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Doors/Menards Toyota Tundra) finished ninth in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

He started eighth in the lineup, led a five laps and completed all laps of the 147-lap race. Crafton is currently third in the 2017 NCWTS Championship point standings after this event, 31 points behind leader Christopher Bell.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 04:48:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra) has 33 starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

He has three poles and 424 laps led en route to two wins (June, 2014/June, 2015), 13 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. He has more starts (126), second-place finishes (13), top-five (41), and top-10 finishes (79) at 1.5 mile tracks, more than any other NCWTS driver entering Friday's 40th annual event at TMS. In 20 starts this season, Crafton has one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and has led 316 laps en route to five top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes.-ThorSport Racing
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 07:31:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Doors/Menards Toyota Tundra) finished second in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville (VA) Speedway.

He started second in the lineup, led a race-high 102 laps and completed all laps of the 200-lap race. Crafton is currently third in the 2017 NCWTS Championship point standings after this event, 15 points behind leader Christopher Bell.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 09:06:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Doors/Menards Toyota Tundra) led the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session for the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville (VA) Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 94.073 mph. No. 4 Christopher Bell, No. 46 Todd Gilliland, No. 21 Johnny Sauter and No. 27 Ben Rhodes round out the top-five of the 32 trucks completing laps in this session. Dawson Cram in the No. 11 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra) has 31 starts at Martinsville Speedway. His success includes one pole (October, 2011), and 279 laps led en route to two wins (March, 2014 & October, 2015), eight top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

On Saturday, October 28, Crafton will celebrate his 17th anniversary in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). On this day in 2000, the two-time champion made his series debut at California Speedway, in Fontana. He started 17th and finished ninth. Season Stats... In 19 starts this season, he has one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and has led 214 laps en route to four top-five, and 13 top-10 finishes.-ThorSport Racing
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 03:58:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Hormel Gatherings/Menards Toyota Tundra) finished ninth in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

He started 11th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 95-lap race. Since this was the elimination race for the Chase Round of 8, only the top six in the 2017 NCWTS Championship standings move on to the Chase Round of 6 at Martinsville Speedway. Crafton is ranked third after this event and will continue competing for the series title.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 04:49:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Hormel Gatherings/Menards Toyota Tundra) has 11 starts at Talladega Superspeedway since 2006.

His success includes 50 laps led, one top-five, and three top-10 finishes. Crafton's track-best start is third (2014), and his track-best finish is fourth (2010). Following a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, Crafton is third in the 2017 Playoff standings. The top-6 drivers following Saturday's 94-lap event at Talladega will transfer to the Round of 6. In 18 starts this season, he has one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and has led 214 laps en route to four top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes.-ThorSport Racing
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Great Lakes Floors/Menards Toyota Tundra) finished seventh in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway.

He started fifth in the lineup and completed all laps of the 146-lap race. Crafton is currently third in the 2017 NCWTS Championship point standings after this event, 51 points behind leader Christopher Bell.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 10:51:00 AM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Rip It/Menards Toyota Tundra) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice leading up to the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway.

The average speed of 176.225 mph was best of the 12 trucks that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 29 Chase Briscoe, No. 33 Kaz Grala, No. 16 Ryan Truex and No. 4 Christopher Bell round out the rest of the top-five on this list.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 03:05:00 PM

Matt Crafton (No. 88 Great Lakes/Menards Toyota Tundra) has 16 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since 2001. He has one pole (2015), 136 laps led, six top-five, and nine top-10 finishes.

His best finish in 16 races is second (2009, 2011, and 2012). Playoff Update... Following a sixth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Crafton gained one position in the Playoff standings, and now sits third, with two races remaining in the first Round of 8. In 401 NCWTS starts, Crafton has earned 13 poles, and led 2349 laps en route to 14 wins, 101 top-five, and 237 top-10 finishes.-ThorSport Racing
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 04:59:00 PM