Race Weekend Central

Matt Crafton Wins LTi Printing 200 Pole

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On Saturday morning, ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton claimed the pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.  Crafton’s second round lap of 39.076 seconds (184.256 mph) was six-hundredths of a second faster than GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter. Afterwards, Crafton noted just how important the pole really is at Michigan. …

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Tracking the Trucks: Matt Crafton Slays Dirt Racing at Eldora

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In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton snapped a 27-race winless streak with a 1.960-second victory over Stewart Friesen in Wednesday night’s (July 19) Eldora Dirt Derby. Crafton took advantage of a late-race restart to pass a dominant Friesen for the lead and held on to the top spot for the remaining 17 circuits en route to …

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Matt Crafton Conquers Eldora, Wins 1st Race of 2017 Truck Season

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Every time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Eldora Speedway, there’s talk of dirt track specialists, dirt track specialists and more dirt track specialists. But sometimes, the regulars prevail, too. Just ask Matt Crafton. In Wednesday night’s (July 19) Eldora Dirt Derby 150, the fifth held at the Ohio dirt track in the …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Fans Support XFINITY Driver-Only Iowa Race?

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Will Fans Support XFINITY Driver-Only Iowa Race? If the fans show action from their Twitter complaints, Iowa Speedway should see packed grandstands, top-grade TV ratings and a giant digital streaming audience. Why? Because Saturday’s XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 will see zero Cup Series talent. Hallelujah, right? Well, I guess we’ll see. Because in …

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Chase Briscoe Scores First Truck Series Pole in Dover

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Chase Briscoe has won the pole for the first time in the Camping World Truck Series after posting an unbeatable speed of 156.474 mph (23.007 seconds) at Dover International Speedway. In just his sixth career Truck start, the Brad Keselowski Racing rookie will lead the field to green for Friday’s Bar Harbor 200. “This is …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 3 Drivers Who Could Be Considered All-Stars

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On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway teamed up to announce a new All-Star race format for the upcoming event in May. In case you haven’t heard all of the details, you can check them out here. While it sounds exciting, and the idea of eliminations should encourage the competitors to drive a little …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton Embracing Mentor Role at ThorSport Racing

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Matt Crafton has seen talent come and go during his career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — and he’s seen others go on to achieve their ultimate goal of moving to the Cup Series. This year, 2017, marks Crafton’s 17th consecutive full-time season in the Truck Series, 16 of which have been with ThorSport …

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Christopher Bell Slays Field Toward Atlanta Truck Win

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Sure, stages may have stirred up this race, but Christopher Bell was the bartender. Leading 99 of 130 laps, the pole-sitter became the first driver to sweep both stages and score the race win Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “This was definitely a race I had circled after …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins Plate Race NASCAR Survivor

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(Credit: Mike Neff)

In a Nutshell: During the latest edition of plate race NASCAR Survivor, it looked like the veterans had the votes to knock off the youngsters. But after a Demolition Derby-type affair, stalwarts like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter quickly learned they didn’t earn immunity from the dreaded Big One. Ben Rhodes got bumped on the backstretch by ThorSport …

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Kaz Grala Wins, Matt Crafton Flips In Wild Daytona Finish

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In some ways, Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was 2016 all over again. You had a GMS Racing truck headed to Victory Lane with a fellow competitor flipping in his wake. It’s just that the driver holding the trophy now wasn’t even a full-fledged adult this time last year. Pole-sitter Kaz Grala was Friday …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 4 Reasons to Tune In to the 2017 Season

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Racing in Stages Let’s just get to the elephant in the room right away. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock throughout the offseason, by now you’re well aware that perhaps the biggest news came in the form of an announcement that each race of the season would be broken into stages. No, it’s not …

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Matt Crafton Comes Up Short in Quest for Truck Series Championship

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Finishing second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings was not the plan for two-time champion Matt Crafton. Anger flowed within Crafton following the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the driver blasting swear words as he walked into the media center Friday evening. His short, 18-word response to an opening question during the post-race …

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