Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Hormel Gatherings/Menards Toyota Tundra made his 33rd career start at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) WinStarGamingOnline.com 400. Starting third, the ThorSport Racing driver led the 28-truck field once for six laps, finishing third in Stage 1, and 11th in Stage 2. Restarting 11th for the final 81-lap shootout in the final Stage, Crafton reported that his Menards Tundra needed help through the center of the corner and off, but maintained a position inside the top-10 to finish ninth, under caution, behind race winner, Christopher Bell.
The top-10 result was Crafton’s 22nd top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile track, and his fourth top-10 of the 2017 season.
“Our Menards Toyota Tundra was just tight all night, especially at the beginning of a run, and we really couldn’t find the balance we were looking for. We survived tonight – managed a top-10.”
Laps Led: 6
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 3rd