Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra made his 17th career start at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Bar Harbor 200. Starting 13th, the ThorSport Racing driver utilized pit strategy to finish inside the top-10 in Stage 1, and led 46 laps in Stage 2 – to earn his first Stage win of the 2017 season. With track position at a premium, and a mix of strategies on pit road, the Menards driver would settle for an 11th-place finish behind race winner, Johnny Sauter.
“Track positon was everything today. Our Menards Toyota Tundra was just free to start the race, so Junior made a great call to come down pit road early, in the first stage, to work on it. We got off sequence with pit stops and took the lead to start the second stage. Once we got into clean air, I had a rocket ship. I mean, it was bad fast. But when we got back in the pack again, after pitting and restarting on the bottom, I just couldn’t make up any ground in the dirty air.”
Laps Led: 0
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 4th