Matt Crafton – 2020 Kansas 2 Recap

Matt Crafton – No. 88 Shasta / Menards – Ford F-150

Kansas 2 Information:
Started: 12th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 2nd
Finished: 1st
Laps: 134/134
Laps Led: 23
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 7th

2020 Stats:
Starts: 10
Laps Completed: 1123/1210
Laps Led: 35
Wins: 1
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Average start: 13.0
Average finish: 12.6

Notes:

  • Matt Crafton won the e.p.t 200 at Kansas Speedway, his 15 NASCAR Gander Truck Series victory.
  • Today’s win lock him into the 2020 Playoffs.
  • It’s his first victory of the 2020 season and sixth top-10 finish.
  • This is his third series-career win at Kansas, the most wins of any driver in Gander Trucks at the track.

Quotables:

Matt Crafton on breaking his three-year winless streak: “Feels like a monkey off of my back. That’s all everyone wants to talk about. I just kept my head down and didn’t worry about it. It’s all about these guys. They haven’t let it bother them or at least they played it off as it hasn’t bothered them. I can’t be happy enough for them, Duke and Rhonda Thorson, Menards, and everybody that always believed in us.”

Crew Chief Carl “Junior” Joiner on the call to give Matt the advantage: “I decided a few weeks ago that we had to start getting aggressive. The mentality of getting stage points and knowing what you know wasn’t working for us. Once he (Crafton) started getting a feel that he liked the last few weeks I felt like it was time for me to start going outside of the box. It just worked out today. He did a heck of a job. I’m proud of him and all of these guys on this Shasta/Menards Ford F-150.”

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