Matt Crafton - 2016 Bristol Recap
Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra, made his 14th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) in Wednesday night's rain delayed UNOH 200. Showing speed in both practice sessions, the ThorSport Racing driver was unable to advance to the second Round of the unique, three-round qualifying session, and settled for a 17th-place starting position for the 200-lap event.
At the drop of the green flag, Crafton proved he had the truck to beat. Working his way through traffic early, the Menards driver was scored inside the top-10 by lap 20. Making the commitment to pit under the competition caution at lap 42, Crafton came to pit road for four tires, including an air pressure adjustment, and fuel, to aid in a "free" Toyota Tundra. Restarting inside the top-12 at lap 46, Crafton was once again able to quickly work his way through traffic over the ensuing laps. Unfortunately, at lap 70 of 200, the ThorSport Racing driver, who was scored eighth, lost fuel pressure, and was forced to retire 130 laps early from the 200-lap event, and settled for a 32nd-place finish behind race winner, Ben Kennedy.
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