Crafton Betting on a Solid Run in Sin City

Sep 25, 2014

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To say Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 JELD-WEN/Menards Toyota Tundra, is no stranger to racing at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway would be an understatement. The ThorSport Racing driver boasts 13 starts at the 1.5-mile track and leads all active NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) drivers in NASCAR’s Loop Data Category Laps in the Top 15 (1103). Additionally, Crafton has amassed five top-five and six top-10 finishes since 2001 at the 1.5-mile oval. As one of only two drivers with the most starts (13), Crafton is betting on a solid run in Saturday night’s 18th annual Rhino Linings 350 – a move that could help the Tulare, Ca. native make history as the first driver to win back-to-back championships in the series 20-year tenure.

Sounding off – Matt Crafton:
“The track is rough, but that’s one of the best things about racing at Las Vegas. It’s got multiple grooves – not everybody’s riding around on the bottom. The asphalt’s not real new, but it’s fairly new, and I think because it’s so rough, you move around quite a bit. I really like racing out there and going out there – it’s on the west coast so I get to see a lot of my friends and family.”

Crafton’S Sin City Stats:
• 13 NCWTS starts since 2001 including five top-five and six top-10 finishes
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Crafton ranks:
  º First in Laps in the Top 15 (1103)
  º Fourth in Laps Led (55)
  º Sixth in Average Running Position (9.81)
  º Seventh in Driver Rating (96.2)
• One NASCAR Nationwide Series start in 2014

Matt Crafton at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Series Races wins Top-5 Top-10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
NCWTS 13 0 5 6 0 1840/1905 63 12.4 12.8
NNS 1 0 0 0 0 198/200 0 11.0 12.0

Crafton’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway NCWTS Performance Profile:

Date Start Finish Laps Status Led
2001 15 28 118/146 Engine 0
2002 14 25 126/146 Running 0
2003 16 9 146/146 Running 0
2004 11 22 145/146 Running 8
2005 18 11 152/152 Running 0
2006 27 21 146/146 Running 0
2007 20 26 130/146 Engine 0
2008 14 3 147/147 Running 0
2009 9 2 146/146 Running 10
2010 3 5 146/146 Running 0
2011 5 2 146/146 Running 0
2012 4 2 146/146 Running 15
2013 5 11 146/146 Running 35

Matt Crafton 2014:
• After a third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Crafton remains first in the NCWTS driver point standings by seven markers over ThorSport Racing teammate 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
• In 16 starts in 2014, has posted two wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes
• Has led 264 laps, a personal best in one season
• Recorded a season-best second-place start three times; Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
• Has completed 2356 of 2437 laps attempted (96.7%)
• Has an Average Start of 9.2
• Has an Average Finish of 7.3
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Crafton ranks
  º First in Average Running Position (6.68)
  º First in Driver Rating (105.0)
  º First in Laps in the Top 15 (2297)
  º Third in Fastest Laps Run (188)
  º Third in Laps Led (264)
• 14th full-time season in the NCWTS

Crafton’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 332 starts since 2000
• Five wins
• 72 top-five finishes
• 187 top-10 finishes
• Seven poles
• 51,850 laps completed
• 884 laps led
• Average start:13.5
• Average finish: 11.9

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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.