KANSAS CITY, Kan. — 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.