Matt Crafton – 2019 Texas Preview

Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Carl “Junior” Joiner, Jr.
2019 Driver Point Standings: 8th
2019 Owner Point Standings: 10th
Spotter: Jason Hedlesky

News and Notes:

  • Take me back to Texas 2018: The No. 88 Flex Seal/Menards driver, Matt Crafton, will make his 37th NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start Friday night. In 36 previous starts, The ThorSport Racing driver has three poles (November 2015, November 2010, November 2009), two wins (June 2015, June 2014) and has led 429 laps. Additionally, the two-time Texas Motor Speedway winner has 14 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes.
  • 2019 Stats: In four starts this season, Crafton has led four laps en route to two top-five finishes (Daytona, Las Vegas) and three top-10 finishes (Daytona, Las Vegas, Martinsville). The Menards driver best start this year is sixth (Martinsville), and he has an average start of 11.5, and an average finish of 7.5.
  • Race Rewind: After starting sixth at Martinsville Speedway on March 23, the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards truck finished sixth in Stage 1 and 12th in Stage 2. Having to go to the rear of the field for a pit road violation, Crafton drove his way through the field to finish the race is the eighth position.

Chatting with Matt Crafton: 

“Texas (Motor Speedway) has been good to us over the years and have had quite a bit of success. Now that the track has aged a bit, there is a little less grip when it gets older, so I’m hoping the grove will widen out. I feel this is a great track for us to finally get back into Victory Lane.”
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