Saturday, June 7, 2014

Matt Crafton Credits Kyle Busch for Win at Texas



Photo Credit: Boyd Adams
Courtesy of RubbingsRacing.com
Matt Crafton put an old-fashioned Texas-style whuppin' on the field of the WinStar World Casino 400 Friday night.

The driver of the No. 88 Menards Tundra dominated in Kyle Busch-fashion, earning his fifth career victory and the second of the season by leading 118 of the 167 laps, and running 61 laps on his final tank of Sunoco fuel. His margin of victory, 13.302 seconds, set a track record at Texas Motor Speedway.

Polesitter Justin Lofton finished second, his fifth top 10 in eight races at the Great American Speedway.

Joe Nemechek made the most of his first start at TMS; he qualified in sixth place and finished third.

"It's good to be back in the media center," he said. "It's been too long."

Nemechek shares the ride with son John Hunter Nemechek, racing at the tracks where the 16-year-old can't yet. "I want to win a race in a truck this year," the elder Nemechek said. "I've won in everything else I've ever done."

Ryan Blaney finished fourth after leading 45 laps, and John Wes Townley came in fifth, only his second career top five in the Camping World Truck Series.

Crafton gave some of the credit for his dominance to the absent Kyle Busch, saying that the team's efforts to beat Busch made the organization stronger as a team.

Busch turned his No. 51 Hiring Our Heroes / ToyotaCare Toyota over to Erik Jones, whose recent birthday made him eligible for racing on mile-and-a-half tracks. Jones missed his high school graduation to run at TMS, so before the race, Eddie Gossage presented Jones with both his high school diploma and one for his graduation to 1.5 mile tracks.

Fin #    Driver Sponsor  
1 88    Matt Crafton Slim Jim / Menards    
2 20    Justin Lofton NTS Motorsports    
3 8    Joe Nemechek smokeandsear.com    
4 29    Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Performance Products   
5 5    John Wes Townley Zaxby's    
6 30    Ron Hornaday, Jr. Ruud Heating & Cooling   
7 98    Johnny Sauter Nextant / Curb Records   
8 99    Bryan Silas PBG / Bell Trucking    
9 21    Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel   
10 54    Darrell Wallace, Jr. ToyotaCare    
11 51    Erik Jones Hiring Our Heroes / ToyotaCare    
12 13    Jeb Burton Estes    
13 32    Tayler Malsam Outerwall    
14 31    Ben Kennedy Turner Scott Motorsports    
15 2    Tyler Young Standard Structures, Inc.   
16 9    Brennan Newberry Qore-24   
17 8    Jimmy Weller III Geneva Liberty Steel / Integrated Metal Prod.   
18 50    T.J. Bell Electrical Linemen   
19 35    Mason Mingus Call 811    
20 10    Jennifer Jo Cobb Grimes Irrigation & Construction  
21 19    Tyler Reddick DrawTite    
22 57    Norm Benning Boedeker Construction   
23 77    German Quiroga Net 10 Wireless    
24 17    Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing  
25 7    B.J. McLeod ThunderExhaust.com    
26 63    Justin Jennings Randco / Young's Building Systems    
27 0    Ryan Ellis Grimes Irrigation & Construction   

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