Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra made his 16th-career start at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) LTi Printing 200. Starting from the pole position, the ThorSport Racing drivers third at the 2-mile D-shaped oval, Crafton led the 30-truck field for 10 laps, but lost the lead on lap 11 battling a, “free” Toyota Tundra. The Menards driver continued to work on the balance of his Tundra through the ensuing pit stops, at the end of Stages 1 and 2, finishing second, and fourth, respectively in each Stage.
Restarting the final 34 lap Stage from the 13th position, Crafton worked his way inside the top-10 early, running as high as third, but would settle for a sixth-place finish behind race winner, Darrell Wallace, Jr.
The top-10 result is Crafton’s seventh top-10 finish at MIS.
Laps Led: 10
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 3rd
2017 Stage Wins: 2
2017 Stage Bonus Points: 136
2017 Playoff Points: 7
“We had a good truck. When Bubba (Darrell Wallace Jr.) passed for the lead, we went to the bottom, and I didn’t get myself cleared, and if you didn’t get cleared of whoever you were racing against, then you were just screwed. It was just tough to pass. I definitely had a faster truck than those guys, but if I could get under them, then I could never get clear because there was nobody behind me to help me, and keep pushing me. We got out of here with a sixth-place finish.”