Despite posting a career-high
six wins last year in the NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series,
Matt Crafton fell short in his
bid for a third consecutive truck
championship. This year – in the
first ever Camping World Truck
Series Chase – he’s determined
to return to the Promised Land.
Crafton and his ThorSport Racing team have
been their usual front-running selves in 2016, picking
up two wins in the first six races to lock up a berth for
Crafton in the inaugural Truck Series Chase.
Crafton has spent most of the season overshadowed – a familiar position for him – by the surprising
success of rookie William Byron, a driver who is likely
to be the main obstacle between Crafton and a third
championship. Nevertheless, Crafton is confident
about his prospects down the stretch. After all, he
and his Sandusky, Ohio-based team have been in
championship battles numerous times before.
“I can’t be more excited to hopefully win a
championship this year,” said Crafton, whose early-season wins came at Charlotte Motor Speedway
and Dover International Speedway on consecutive
weekends. “I mean, we won six races last year, and
didn’t win a championship. [It was] just truly one big
mistake that cost us the championship. Hopefully,
In addition to Byron, a Kyle Busch Motorsports
driver, Crafton could also have to contend with at
least one of the other drivers within the ThorSport
organization, which is also fielding entries for youngsters Rico Abreu, Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes.
But regardless of how stiff the competition
might be, Crafton is justifiably confident about his
championship prospects and has extra motivation
to get back to the top of the mountain after finishing
third in the standings behind Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski Racing’s
Tyler Reddick in 2015.
“It’s was just that one column – the DNF column,
where we made those mistakes,” Crafton said. “I
made mistakes, and I wrecked us, and we ran out
of fuel, and we did just about everything last year.”
DUKE & RHONDA THORSON
THORSPOR TS RACING
CARL JOINER JR.
58 POLE POSI TION 2016