Consistent Crafton" has had a season for the history books in 2015 - leading a career-high 636 laps, and winning a career-high five races in one season, including last weekend's Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. In fact, the ThorSport Racing driver leads both championship contenders, Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick in wins, top-five and top-10 finishes, over the first 20 races of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. Although the two-time, and defending series champion has two DNF's (Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway), that some would agree, put him out of contention for a "three-peat," Crafton is still in the hunt for his third straight title.
Entering the 20th race on the 2015 NCWTS schedule at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last weekend, Crafton's championship hopes seemed to be dwindling - with a 23-point deficit on the current leader. However, Crafton was quoted with confidence, "our goal is to go out and win the final four races, and just see what happens with the points. I'm not worried about it," and the Menards driver did just that, winning for the second time in his career at the half-mile "paperclip." The victory allowed Crafton to to gain 13 points on Jones, one position in the point standings, and now sits a mere 10 points outside the lead, entering this weekend's WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, a track where the "Champ" has dominated.
Can Crafton win the last three races of the season? That's to be determined, but the Menards driver has two wins at the "No Limits Asphalt Circus," including a win earlier this season. Furthermore, among active series drivers entered in the field, Crafton has the most starts (29), is tied with the most wins (2) with teammate, Johnny Sauter, has the most top-five finishes (10), the most top-10 finishes (18), has completed the most laps (4438), and has the most lead laps finishes (20).
When it comes to making Texas sized gains en route to a "three-peat," (wins and a title) don't count out Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Damp Rid/Menards Toyota Tundra, and his ThorSport Racing team for victory lane in Friday night's 147-lap event at the 1.5-mile track.