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- Matthew Crafton was born June 11, 1976 in Tulare, California. He began racing go-karts at age seven, winning regional and national championships. At age 15, he began racing midgets and won twenty main events.
- In 1996, he moved up to the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series for the season’s final three races, subbing for his injured father Danny. The younger Crafton won the series title in 2000.
- In 2000, he also made his Truck Series debut in the season finale at California Speedway, currently known as Auto Club Speedway, with ThorSport - qualifying 17th and finishing ninth. After three full-time seasons with the team, he joined Kevin Harvick Incorporated (2004) but was released at the end of the season in spite of a fifth-place finish in points and 17 top 10s. In 2005, Crafton rejoined ThorSport.
- He earned his first Truck Series pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2005) followed by his first victory in Charlotte (2008). His second series win was earned at Iowa Speedway (2011).
- Matt Crafton's best finish in points was in 2009 where he finished second to four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.
- Find out more about Crafton at his website, www.mattcrafton.com. Also check out the series “Riding Shotgun with Matt Crafton” here on Skirts & Scuffs.