Matt Crafton put a definitive end to his 13-year, 26-race winless streak at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, stretching his fuel mileage en route to a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the 18th annual WinStar World Casino and Resort 400.
Crafton and crew chief Carl Joiner gambled on fuel, running the final 61 laps (91.5 miles) without pitting the No. 88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota Tundra fielded by ThorSport Racing. Crafton, 37, scored his fifth Truck Series victory in 322 career starts and second of the season after winning on the 0.533-mile Martinsville Speedway in March. It’s the first time Crafton has won multiple races in a season.
Crafton’s margin of victory set a new series record at Texas, besting the previous mark of 11.817 seconds by Dennis Setzer in this event in 2004. Still, the margin failed to dampen Lofton’s spirit after scoring his best TMS finish in eight starts.
|5||5||John Wes Townley||Toyota|
|6||30||Ron Hornaday Jr||Chevrolet|
|10||54||Darrell Wallace Jr||Toyota|
|17||8||Jimmy Weller III||Chevrolet|
|20||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Chevrolet|
|23||77||German Quiroga Jr||Toyota|
|25||7||B J McLeod||Chevrolet|