Crafton an “Ideal” Candidate for a Win at Iowa

Jul 11, 2014

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IDEAL Door, a leader in residential and commercial garage doors, is in their seventh season sponsoring NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Matt Crafton, and will make their fourth appearance onboard the No. 88 IDEAL Door/Menards Toyota Tundra at Iowa Speedway in Newton for the ninth race on the 2014 NCWTS schedule. Crafton, one of only six drivers to run all seven NCWTS events at the 7/8-mile Midwestern track, has one win, leads all series drivers with the most top-10 finishes (7), is one of only two drivers who has finished on the lead lap in all seven races and is one of only two drivers to complete the most laps (1417), making the defending series champion an “IDEAL” candidate for victory lane in Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen.

Sounding off – Matt Crafton:
“We’ve been pretty good at Iowa, and I think it’s really because that track just fits my driving style. Iowa doesn’t drive like a short track, even though it’s less than a mile. You might think I’m crazy, but to me, it drives more like a mile-and-a-half track, with the taste of a short track. The trucks can run wide open around there, making it not only a challenge, but a bunch of fun.”

Crafton’s Hawkeye State Stats:
• In seven starts at Iowa Speedway, has compiled one win (2011), three top-five and seven top-10 finishes
• Leads all NCWTS drivers with the most top-10 finishes (7)
• Has led 56 laps
• Best Start: Third (2009)
• Average start: 10.0/Average Finish: 5.0
• Completed 1417 of 1417 laps attempted (100%)
• One of only two drivers to complete 100% of laps attempted
• One of only two drivers to have finished on the lead lap in all seven starts
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data statistics, Crafton ranks: Second in Laps in the Top-15 (1311), Fifth among Closers, Sixth in Average Running Position (7.074), Driver Rating (104.6), and Fastest Laps Run (46)

Matt Crafton 2014:
• Ranks 2nd in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings heading into the ninth race on the 2014 NCWTS schedule, eight points behind leader Johnny Sauter
• Has been victorious twice – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
• The first season in 14 years in the NCWTS that the ThorSport Racing driver has won multiple races in one season
• Has posted four top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and 222 laps led
• Recorded a season-best 2nd-place start three times; Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
• Has completed 93.9% of laps attempted (1253/1334)
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data statistics, Crafton ranks:
º First in Driver Rating (105.7)
º Second in Average Running Position (7.119), Fastest Laps Run (104), Laps in the Top-15 (1225), and Laps Led (222)

Crafton’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 324 starts since 2000
• 5 wins
• 67 top-5 finishes
• 180 top-10 finishes
• 7 poles
• 50,747 laps completed
• 842 laps led
• Avg. Start: 13.5
• Avg. Finish: 12.0

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ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has run in the Truck Series since 1996, in 2014 will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by 2013 drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra driven by Jeb Burton in the Truck Series and the No. 13 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.