About ThorSport Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

 

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, enters their 22nd season in the series with 923 starts to its credit.

In 2016, ThorSport Racing’s quartet of driver’s – Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Rico Abreu – accumulated two wins, two poles, 601 laps led, 18 top-five, and 37 top-10 finishes. Additionally, ThorSport Racing placed Crafton in the inaugural Chase where the Menards driver made it into the Final Round and finished second in the series championship point standings.

Since its inception, ThorSport Racing has wheeled into Victory Lane 24 times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Terry Cook, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Its drivers have finished within the top 10 in points 20 times, including 10 consecutive seasons in the top 10 by Crafton (2007-2016). Crafton also became the series’ first back-to-back champion, winning titles in both 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, its 18th year of existence, ThorSport Racing rewarded owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson by recording a proverbial “career season” with both of its racing programs.

ThorSport Racing won its first championship in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, where its No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota Camry won a series-best four races and the drivers’ championship with 10-time champion Frank Kimmel and the owners’ championship. ThorSport Racing also played a key role in clinching Toyota’s first ARCA manufacturers’ championship.

In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Matt Crafton won his first drivers’ championship while the team played a big part in Toyota winning its sixth Truck Series manufacturers’ title in 10 years.

2016 Season Highlights

• In 2016, ThorSport Racing’s quartet of drivers accumulated 2 wins, 2 poles, 601 laps led, 18 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes

• Matt Crafton earned career-first back-to-back wins, winning at Dover International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway

• Matt Crafton extended the Truck Series record for consecutive starts to 384, since his season debut at Auto Club Speedway in November 2000

 

ThorSport Racing Milestones

First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Start
July 6, 1996 – The Milwaukee Mile – Terry Cook started 24th, finished 12th

First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pole
August 9, 1997 – Flemington Speedway – Terry Cook, finished 18th

First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Finish
June 5, 1998 – Texas Motor Speedway – Terry Cook started ninth, finished 10th

First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Win/Top-5 Finish
August 8, 1998 – Flemington Speedway – Terry Cook started fourth, finished first

Matt Crafton’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Start with ThorSport
October 28, 2000 – Auto Club Speedway – started 17th, finished ninth

Matt Crafton’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pole
September 17, 2005 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway, finished 35th

Johnny Sauter’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Start with ThorSport
November 19, 2005 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – started 28th, finished 20th

ThorSport Racing’s First Three-Truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Entry
November 17, 2006 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – Matt Crafton (started 21st, finished 12th), Willie Allen (14th to 25th) and Kerry Earnhardt (33rd to 19th)

ThorSport Racing’s Willie Allen Named NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2007 Season 

Matt Crafton’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Win
May 16, 2008 – Charlotte Motor Speedway, started 18th

Johnny Sauter’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pole
June 5, 2009 – Texas Motor Speedway, finished sixth

Johnny Sauter’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Win
September 26, 2009 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, started second

ThorSport Racing’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series One-Two Finish
September 26, 2009 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Johnny Sauter (started second) and Matt Crafton (started ninth)

ThorSport Racing’s 499th & 500th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Starts
July 31, 2010 – Pocono Raceway (Matt Crafton started 18th, finished third; Johnny Sauter started 12th, finished 14th)

Johnny Sauter “Spins and Wins” at Kansas Speedway
May 2, 2010 – Kansas Speedway – O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Johnny Sauter started 3rd, and won)

ThorSport Racing Becomes Longest-Running NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Team
August 6, 2011 – Pocono Raceway – Pocono Mountains 125 (Johnny Sauter started 16th, finished fourth; Matt Crafton started 13th, finished eighth)

Frank Kimmel’s First ThorSport Racing ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Start
February 18, 2012 – Daytona International Speedway – started 17th, finished 23rd

Johnny Sauter Sweeps Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Races
June 8 (started 20th) and Nov. 2, 2012 (started 13th)

ThorSport Racing’s Second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series One-Two Finish
June 8, 2012 – Texas Motor Speedway – Johnny Sauter (started 20th) and Matt Crafton (started 10th)

Frank Kimmel’s First ThorSport Racing ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Win
July 27, 2012 – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, started seventh

ThorSport Racing’s First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Superspeedway Win
February 22, 2013 – Daytona International Speedway – Johnny Sauter started 25th

ThorSport Racing’s Third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series One-Two Finish
April 6, 2013 – Martinsville Speedway – Johnny Sauter (started fourth) and Matt Crafton (started seventh)

Matt Crafton’s Record-Tying 296th consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Start
April 6, 2013 – Martinsville Speedway – started seventh, finished second

Johnny Sauter Ties NASCAR Record for Two Consecutive Wins to Start Season
April 6, 2013 – Martinsville Speedway, started fourth – (held with Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Chad Little, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth)

ThorSport Racing Establishes ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Record by Scoring Top-10 Finishes in all 21 Races
October 4, 2013 – Kansas Speedway

ThorSport scores 31st Consecutive ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Top-10 Finish
October 4, 2013 – Kansas Speedway – Frank Kimmel started fourth, finished first

ThorSport Wins First Championships as Frank Kimmel Clinches 10th Career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Drivers’ Title plus Owners’ Title
October 4, 2013 – Kansas Speedway

Frank Kimmel Establishes ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ All-Time Record with 80th Career Win
October 4, 2013 – Kansas Speedway

Johnny Sauter Sweeps 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Superspeedway Races
October 19, 2013 – Talladega Superspeedway, started 24th

Matt Crafton’s Record-Extending 316th Consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Start
November 15, 2013 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – started eighth, finished 21st

Matt Crafton Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers’ Championship
November 15, 2013 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

Matt Crafton Establishes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Record by Completing all 3,391 Laps Raced in 2013 Season
November 15. 2013 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

ThorSport Racing Establishes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Record by Leading Drivers’ Championship after all 22 Races
November 15, 2013 – Homestead-Miami Speedway (Johnny Sauter, Daytona-Rockingham; Matt Crafton, Kansas-Homestead)

ThorSport Racing becomes the first team in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history to win back-to-back driver’s championships
November 14, 2014 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – Matt Crafton (2013 & 2014)

Matt Crafton’s Record Breaking 361st Consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Start
November 20, 2015 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – started first, finished first

Matt Crafton Earns Career First Back-To-Back Wins (2016)
May, 2016 – Winning at Dover International Speedway (5/13), and Charlotte Motor Speedway (5/21)