Matt Crafton – NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Driver:
Matt Crafton pilots the No. 88 Menards in the NASCAR Truck Series.
The Tulare, California native holds the record for the most consecutive starts in Truck Series history with 498 starts ahead of the 2022 season. Additionally, the three-time series champion capped off his 21st full-time season in the Truck Series.
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 12 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
Pole Positions: 16
Top-5 Finishes: 134
Top-10 Finishes: 321
Laps Led: 2,715