Matt Crafton dominates, William Byron wins at Texas
On Friday, a photo of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie William Byron was tweeted from the driver’s official Twitter account, showing him trying on cowboy hats. The tweet read, “Looks like @WilliamByron is testing out cowboy hats to be ready for victory lane @TXMotorSpeedway tonight.” Maybe that tweet was a premonition, because Byron was, indeed, in victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway near Ft. Worth on Friday night, donning a cowboy hat to celebrate his second-career series win, a victory in the Rattlesnake 400.
“We didn’t have it (the truck) that good until the last run, but Randy (Fugle, crew chief) fixed me up that last run,” Byron said. “I can’t thank everyone enough — Kyle (Busch, team owner), Samantha (Busch), KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), the fans — it was a great crowd tonight.”
Byron claimed the win with a late-race pass on Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton with five laps remaining in the 167-lap race. Crafton, winner of the two most recent races on the Truck Series schedule and the two most recent June races at TMS, dominated the race, leading 133 laps. But Byron, a recent high school graduate, denied Crafton a third-straight trip to victory lane the night before Crafton’s 40th birthday. After being passed by Byron, Crafton was forced to settle for second.