Crafton builds a winner

The Associated PressApril 21, 2013 

  • SFP 250

    At Kansas Speedway

    Lap length: 1.5 miles

    16Matt CraftonToyota16747
    211Joey CoulterToyota16743
    319Ryan BlaneyFord16741
    48Brendan GaughanChevy16740
    54Johnny SauterToyota16739
    61James BuescherChevy16740
    715Darrell Wallace Jr.Toyota16738
    85Ty DillonChevy16737
    913Ron Hornaday Jr.Chevy16735
    1018Timothy PetersToyota16734
    1112German QuirogaToyota16734
    1214Dakoda ArmstrongChevy16732
    1331David StarrToyota16631
    1423Tim George Jr.Ford16630
    153Jeb BurtonChevy16630
    1628Clay GreenfieldRam16528
    1733Jennifer Jo CobbChevy16327
    1827Justin JenningsChevy16126
    1921Bryan SilasFord120126
    2017Brennan NewberryChevy119124
    2110Todd BodineToyota119123
    2236Spencer GallagherChevy106122
    2330Jeff AgnewChevy100121
    2416Joey LoganoFord9920
    259Max GreshamChevy99119
    2634Norm BenningChevy99218
    277Kyle BuschToyota9010
    28 25 Danny EflandChevy7730
    2924Ryan SiegChevy59215
    3035Jamie DickChevy4340
    312Miguel PaludoChevy35114
    3220John Wes TownleyToyota27112
    3329Mike HarmonChevy850
    3426Chris JonesChevy5610
    3522J.J. YeleyChevy470
    3632Scott SaundersRam288


    Avg. Speed of Winner: 103.028 mph.

    Time: 2:25.53

    Margin of Victory: 0.167 seconds.

    Caution Flags: 11 for 52 laps.

    Lead Changes: 18 among 10 drivers.

    Top 5 in Points: 1. J.Sauter, 174; 2. M.Crafton, 162; 3. J.Burton, 149; 4. R.Blaney, 141; 5. T.Dillon, 135

— Matt Crafton called his truck “junk,” and his crew chief tossed and turned all night, trying to come up with ways to make it better in time for Saturday’s race.

They changed out springs, adjusted shocks, messed with sway bars.

“We made wholesale changes,” Crafton said, “and, luckily, it worked.”

Crafton charged to the lead with 29 laps remaining in a crash-filled race at Kansas Speedway, and then held off a late run by Joey Coulter to pick up his third career Truck Series victory.

Crafton and Coulter were engaged in a spirited game of cat-and-mouse over the final 20 laps, but Crafton maintained his truck-length lead as they crossed the start-finish line, allowing him to celebrate his first win since Iowa in 2011 with a burnout that tore up one of his rear tires.

“I think track positioning was everything, and it was whoever got out front,” said Crafton, who has made 298 starts in the Truck Series.

Coulter chased Crafton across to finish second.

There were 11 cautions, and a red flag flew for about 12 minutes after Brennan Newberry and Todd Bodine were involved in a wreck that scattered debris all over the track.

Clutch issues forced out Irmo native and USC alumnus Danny Efland after 77 laps. This was his first Truck Series appearance since two races in 2009.

Fans escape serious injury at NHRA event

At Concord, N.C., fans escaped serious injury when the body of Funny Car driver Robert Hight’s car blew off near the finish line after his engine exploded in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

The carbon fiber body went high in the air and came down in a walkway in front of a grandstand at zMAX Dragway. As a precaution, two fans were evaluated at the track and released by paramedics.

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