NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Matt Crafton:
Matt Crafton climbed back into the championship hunt in 2016, with a bid in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase. The two-time series champion navigated his way into the final Round of the three Round Chase on the strength of one pole, two wins, 446 lap led, eight top-five, and 16 top-10 finishes. The Tulare, California native also extended the NCWTS record for consecutive starts to 384, since his series debut at Auto Club Speedway in November 2000, passing four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr with 360 starts in the 2015 NCWTS race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Additionally, Crafton capped off his 16th full-time season in the NCWTS second in the championship point standings.
2015 proved to be a career-best season for Crafton. The Menards driver earned a career-best four poles in one season at Michigan International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway, led a season-best 771 laps en route to a career-best six wins in one season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Homestead Miami Speedway.
In 2014, Crafton drove his way into the NASCAR history books becoming the first NCWTS back-to-back champion, winning titles in 2013 and 2014. In a season that was characterized by success, 2014 marked the first time in Crafton’s 14 full-time seasons in the NCWTS to win more than one race in a season, prevailing at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
Crafton began his racing career in go-karts, mini sprints and midgets before following his father, Danny Crafton, who had his own legacy on the West Coast, into late models. When Danny was injured with three races left in the 1996 season, he selected his son as his substitute. Crafton’s performance in those races led Danny to hang up his helmet and step out of his familiar No. 46 to allow his son to take over. The younger Crafton rewarded his family’s faith in 2000 by winning four races en route to the prestigious NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series championship.
Following Crafton’s championship in the 2000 Featherlite Southwest Series, ThorSport Racing named him the driver of the No. 88 truck for the 2000 season finale at Auto Club Speedway, beginning the series’ longest-running driver-team relationship. Crafton became a fixture in the NCWTS, finishing in the top-10 in the standings in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
In 2017, the Menards driver enters his 17th full-time season in the NCWTS with ThorSport Racing. In 384 career starts, Crafton has amassed 13 wins, 12 poles, and led 2135 laps en route to 97 top-five and 226 top-10 finishes.
- Earned career first back-to-back wins, winning at Dover International Speedway (May 13) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 21)
- Earned two wins, and led 446 laps en route to eight top-five, and 16 top-10 finishes
- Extended the Truck Series record for consecutive starts to 384, passing four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr with 360 starts in the 2015 NCWTS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway
- Earned a career-best six wins in one season – Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Homestead Miami Speedway
- Earned a career-best four poles in one season – Michigan International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway
- Led a career-best 771 laps in one season
- Extended the Truck Series record for consecutive starts to 361, since his season debut at Auto Club Speedway in November 2000
- Won his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, becoming the first driver in series history to win back-to-back titles
- Won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s championship in 13th season in the series
- First time in series history a driver’s completed every lap run (3,391)
- First career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Charlotte Motor Speedway
- First full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
- Won the NASCAR Southwest Series late model touring division championship
- Made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Auto Club Speedway with ThorSport Racing
Hometown: Tulare, CA
Birthdate: June 11, 1976
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Children: Daughter – Elladee
• 2 NCWTS driver championships (2013,2014)
• 384 starts since 2000
• 13 wins
• 97 top-five finishes
• 226 top-10 finishes
• 12 poles
• 59,300 laps completed
• 2135 laps led
• Average start: 12.7
• Average finish: 11.5