Matt Crafton Goes “Nuts” Over Atlanta

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Team Information:

2015 Driver Point Standings: 6th

2015 Owner Point Standings: 8th

Crew Chief: Carl “Junior” Joiner

 

Sandusky, Ohio (February 24, 2015) – For the first time in two years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will head back to Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS) for the 14th annual Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on Saturday, Feb. 28.

 

Matt Crafton, who will pilot the No. 88 Fisher® Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra, has raced in every NCWTS event at the 1.54-mile quad oval. In fact, the ThorSport Racing driver has the most starts (13), has completed the most laps (1622), and has more lead lap finishes (10) than any other driver entered in the 14th annual event – a combination that could land the two-time champion in victory lane at his favorite race track on Saturday.

 

Sounding off – Matt Crafton:

“I say over and over again that Atlanta is by far my favorite track. It’s so fast, the banking is high, you can hold it wide open and the tires really wear, so you slide around the track. It’s got multiple grooves so you can run two and three-wide. I love the fact that you can drive anywhere from the white line up to the wall. It’s a fun place to race, hands down my favorite.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 88 team will utilize chassis No. 48 this weekend at AMS. It’s most recent appearance was in the 2014 NCWTS finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, where Crafton started sixth and finished ninth.
  • Calling the Shots… Carl “Junior” Joiner enters his fourth season as crew chief for Matt Crafton and the No. 88 team. The California native has 67 career NCWTS starts to his resume, including one start with Matt Crafton at AMS in 2012. The duo started 10th and finished ninth.
  • Fisher Nuts… Fisher® Nuts will make its 2015 debut with Matt Crafton on board the No. 88 Toyota Tundra at AMS. Fisher® Nuts is a brand owned by John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBSS), a company founded in 1922 that’s a leading processor, marketer and distributor of baking nuts, snack nuts and nut-based products that are sold in multiple distribution channels. Its products can be found under the Fisher®, Orchard Valley Harvest™ and Sunshine Country® brand names and a variety of private labels.
  • Previous Race Recap… Crafton started the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway from the 31st position, led one lap, and finished eighth.

 

Crafton’s NCWTS stats at Atlanta Motor Speedway::

  • 13 starts since 2001
  • 0 wins
  • Three top-five finishes
  • Seven top-10 finishes
  • 1622 of 1703 laps completed (95.2%)
  • 10 laps led (2010)
  • Best start: 3rd (2010)
  • Best finish: 3rd (2010)
  • Average start: 15.1
  • Average finish: 12.2

Crafton’s Atlanta Motor Speedway NCWTS Performance Profile:

Date Started Finished Laps Status Led
March, 2004 6 5 133/133 Running 0
March, 2005 27 14 135/135 Running 0
October, 2005 35 22 129/130 Running 0
March, 2006 26 9 135/135 Running 0
October, 2006 22 12 130/130 Running 0
March, 2007 17 3 130/130 Running 0
October, 2007 12 7 130/130 Running 0
March, 2008 15 4 130/130 Running 0
October, 2008 4 29 85/130 Running 0
March, 2009 12 11 130/130 Running 0
March, 2010 3 27 95/130 Running 0
September, 2011 7 7 130/130 Running 0
August, 2012 10 9 130/130 Running 0

 

Matt Crafton’s 2014 Highlights:

  • Won second consecutive NCWTS championship title to become the first driver in series history to win back-to-back titles
  • First career multi-win season with victories at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
  • 10th consecutive full season in second stint with ThorSport Racing
  • Earned a series-leading 7.0 average finish
  • Career-best 13 top-five finishes and 298 laps led

 

Crafton’s Career Truck Series Stats:

  • 339 starts since 2000
  • Five wins
  • 76 top-five finishes
  • 193 top-10 finishes
  • Seven poles
  • 52,803 laps completed
  • 919 laps led
  • Average start: 13.4
  • Average finish: 11.7

 

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track Details: 1.54-mile quad oval

Distance: 130 laps/200.2 miles

 

Practice: 2:30 p.m. ET/Friday, Feb. 27, FOX Sports 1

Qualifying: 10:30 a.m. ET/Saturday, Feb. 28, FOX Sports 1

 

Team Website: www.ThorSport.com

Driver Website: www.MattCrafton.com

Sponsor Website: www.Menards.com www.FisherNuts.com

Social Media: @ThorSportRacing, @Matt_Crafton

 

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