Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Slim Jim®/Menards Toyota Tundra, re-wrote the NASCAR history books in 2014 when he became the first back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion. Now, the ThorSport Racing driver, who is once again atop the point standings entering the fourth race on the 2015 schedule, looks to re-write history once again in Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250.
In 14 NCWTS races at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS, there have been 14 different winners. Crafton, who went to victory lane at the 1.5-mile track in 2013, will not only have the same chassis he piloted to his third career victory at Kansas Speedway, he is the only driver entered in the 167-lap race that has competed in all 14 NCWTS events at the Midwestern track. In fact, the two-time champion sets the standard for dominance at Kansas Speedway. Crafton is tied for the most top-five finishes (3), has more top-10 finishes (6), has completed more laps (2239), and has the most lead lap finishes (8) than any other active NCWTS driver entered in the 15th annual event. Furthermore, according to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Crafton ranks first in Laps in the Top 15 (1092).
With Crafton's consistency, don't count him out to defy history, once again, and become the first repeat Truck Series winner at Kansas Speedway on Friday night.
Sounding off - Matt Crafton:
"It's been an eternity since we've been on the race track, but I always look forward to going back to Kansas; it's a very cool race track. As the only driver entered that's competed in all 14 Truck Series races at Kansas, I feel old, at 37, crazy. Kansas is definitely a tricky race track - it's tough to get off Turn 4 and to get your stuff handling good in Turns 1 and 2 and then be that good in Turn 4, it's tough. Just getting balance overall is key. I expect the track to have lost some grip since the repave. We were really, really fast there last year; a contender all night. We were a little bit free-in and tight center and off, but we were scared to make any adjustments to hurt us on corner entry. I had to protect my entry and that's how Kyle (Busch) got around us for the win."