Matt Crafton – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver:
Matt Crafton pilots the No. 88 Menards Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and has been competing in the Truck Series for more than a decade. The Tulare, California native holds the all-time series record for consecutive starts, 476 (as of 11/19/20), since his series debut at Auto Club Speedway in November 2000 – passing four-time Trucks Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr with 360 starts in the 2015 truck race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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 Truck Series, finishing inside the top-10 in the standings, the last 11 seasons, and drove his way into the NASCAR history books becoming the first series back-to-back champion, winning titles in 2013 and 2014.
Hometown: Tulare, CA
Birthdate: June 11, 1976
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Children: Elladee, Matthew
Three-time Series Champion: 2019, 2014, 2013
First Full-time Season: 2013
Top-5 Finishes: 125
Top-10 Finishes: 288
Laps Completed: 72,276
Laps Led: 2,656