NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Matt Crafton:

 

Matt Crafton climbed back into the championship hunt in 2017, with a bid in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs. The two-time series champion navigated his way into the final Round of the unique three Round Playoff format on the strength of one pole (Michigan), one win (Eldora), 321 laps led, five top-five, and 16 top-10 finishes. The Tulare, California native also extended the NCWTS record for consecutive starts to 407, since his series debut at Auto Club Speedway in November 2000 – passing four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr with 360 starts in the 2015 NCWTS race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Additionally, the ThorSport Racing driver capped off his 17th full-time season in the NCWTS, fourth in the championship point standings.

Crafton began his racing career in go-karts, mini sprints and midgets before following his father, Danny Crafton, who had his own legacy on the West Coast, into late models. When Danny was injured with three races left in the 1996 season, he selected his son as his substitute. Crafton’s performance in those races led Danny to hang up his helmet and step out of his familiar No. 46 to allow his son to take over. The younger Crafton rewarded his family’s faith in 2000 by winning four races en route to the prestigious NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series championship.

Following Crafton’s championship in the 2000 Featherlite Southwest Series, ThorSport Racing named him the driver of the No. 88 truck for the 2000 season finale at Auto Club Speedway, beginning the series’ longest-running driver-team relationship. Crafton became a fixture in the NCWTS, finishing inside the top-10 in the standings, the last 11 seasons, and drove his way into the NASCAR history books becoming the first NCWTS back-to-back champion, winning titles in 2013 and 2014.

In 2018, the Menards driver enters his 18th full-time season in the NCWTS with ThorSport Racing, and his 14th consecutive season with partner, Menards. In 407 career starts, Crafton has amassed 14 wins, 13 poles, and led 2456 laps en route to 102 top-five and 242 top-10 finishes.

 

Career Highlights:

2017

  • Earned one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and led 321 laps en route to five top-five, and 16 top-10 finishes
  • Made 400th career NCWTS start at Chicagoland Speedway 
  • Finished fourth in the NCWTS championship driver standings for the 11th consecutive season
  • Extended the Truck Series record for consecutive starts to 407, passing four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr with 360 starts in the 2015 NCWTS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

2016

  • Earned career first back-to-back wins, winning at Dover International Speedway (May 13) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 21)
  • Earned two wins, and led 446 laps en route to eight top-five, and 16 top-10 finishes
  • Extended the Truck Series record for consecutive starts to 384, passing four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr with 360 starts in the 2015 NCWTS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

2015

  • Earned a career-best six wins in one season – Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Earned a career-best four poles in one season – Michigan International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Led a career-best 771 laps in one season
  • Extended the Truck Series record for consecutive starts to 361, since his season debut at Auto Club Speedway in November 2000

2014

  • Won his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, becoming the first driver in series history to win back-to-back titles

2013:

  • Won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s championship in 13th season in the series
  • First time in series history a driver’s completed every lap run (3,391)

2008:

  • First career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Charlotte Motor Speedway

2001:

  • First full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

2000:

  • Won the NASCAR Southwest Series late model touring division championship
  • Made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Auto Club Speedway with ThorSport Racing

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Personal:

Hometown: Tulare, CA
Birthdate: June 11, 1976
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Children: Daughter – Elladee

Stats:

2 NCWTS Driver Championships (2013, 2014)
First Full-time Season: 2001
Starts: 411
Wins: 14
Top-5 Finishes: 103
Top-10 Finishes: 243
Poles: 13
Laps Completed: 63,193
Laps Led: 2467
Average start: 12.3
Average finish: 11.4

(Updated 4/16/2018)

Website:

www.mattcrafton.com