Crew Chief: Carl “Junior” Joiner, Jr.
2019 Driver Point Standings: 6th
2019 Owner Point Standings: 7th
Spotter: Jason Hedlesky
News and Notes:
- This Week’s No. 88 Rip It/Menards Ford F-150: The No. 88 ThorSport Racing team will unload Saturday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) Ultimate Tailgating 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 23.
- All About Atlanta:
The 2015 AMS winner, Matt Crafton, will make his 18th career start at the 1.54-mile track Saturday. The Menards driver has led 180 laps en route to six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Additionally, Crafton has the most starts (17), the most top-10 finishes (ten), has completed the most laps (2127), and has the most lead lap finishes (13) of any other active series driver at the 1.54-mile track.
Intermediate Track Facts: No current NGOTS driver is better at intermediate-size (1.5 or 1.54-mile) tracks than Crafton. In 154 starts, the ThorSport Racing driver has nine wins, eight poles, and has led 1,227 laps en route to 14 runner-up finishes, 50 top-five and 97 top-10 finishes.
- Take me back – Atlanta, 2018: Starting on the front row, second, Crafton finished second in Stage 1 and fourth in Stage 2. He led 12 laps and brought home a third-place finish.
- Veteran-Size Stats: Crafton holds the record for consecutive starts (430) in the NGOTS. Among his success in the past 18 full-time seasons, the two-time champion has earned 13 poles, and led 2525 laps en route to 14 wins, 110 top-five and 256 top-10 finishes.
Chatting with Matt Crafton:
“Atlanta is a place I always look forward to going to each year. It is by far my favorite and coolest race track we race at with the old asphalt. We’re driving a truck going 180 mph while slipping and sliding as we race side-by-side. This is when our season really begins.”