Matt Crafton – 2018 Eldora Recap

Jul 19, 2018

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Eldora Race Information:

Started: 4th
Stage 1 Position: 8th
Stage 2 Position: 7th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 153/153
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th


“The track was just so much different than it was last night. We missed the setup big time, and ended up way too free, and just did our best to hang on to it. We stayed out after the first Stage, came in and put tires on it after the second Stage and made pretty significant changes to it, and we were a lot better in the last Stage. I just wish we had 50 more laps to run.”


  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Tuesday evening in preparation for Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. Matt Crafton was fifth, and eighth, respectively, in each session.
  • The No. 88 Menards Ford F-150 was ninth in single truck qualifying on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Crafton lined-up second in Heat Race No. 4, and won, earning a fourth-place starting position for the main event.
  • Starting a track-best ninth, Crafton finished eighth in Stage 1, and seventh in Stage 2, despite damage to the left rear following a spin and contact with the 17 truck on lap 55 of 90. Restarting the final Stage from the 14th position, Crafton showed his dirt racing strength by muscling his way to a top-five finish in overtime at Eldora Speedway.

2018 Stats:

Starts: 13
Laps Completed: 1,942 of 2,109
Laps Led: 35
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 6