About Matt Crafton

In 2017, the Menards driver enters his 17th full-time season in the NCWTS with ThorSport Racing. In 384 career starts, Crafton has amassed 13 wins, 12 poles, and led 2135 laps en route to 97 top-five and 226 top-10 finishes.

Matt Crafton climbed back into the championship hunt in 2016, with a bid in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase. The two-time series champion navigated his way into the final Round of the three Round Chase on the strength of one pole, two wins, 446 lap led, eight top-five, and 16 top-10 finishes. The Tulare, California native also extended the NCWTS record for consecutive starts to 384, 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, Crafton capped off his 16th full-time season in the NCWTS second in the championship point standings.

2015 proved to be a career-best season for Crafton. The Menards driver earned a career-best four poles in one season at Michigan International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway, led a season-best 771 laps en route to a career-best six wins in one season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Homestead Miami Speedway.

FAST FACTS | 2 NCWTS Driver Championships | 13 Wins | 12 Poles | 2191 Laps Led | 391 Starts Since 2000

Back-to-Back NCWTS Champion

In 2014, Crafton drove his way into the NASCAR history books becoming the first NCWTS back-to-back champion, winning titles in 2013 and 2014. In a season that was characterized by success, 2014 marked the first time in Crafton’s 14 full-time seasons in the NCWTS to win more than one race in a season, prevailing at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Get to know Matt Crafton

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

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 in the top-10 in the standings in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

Get to know Matt Crafton

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

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 in the top-10 in the standings in 10 of the last 11 seasons.