“It Was Very Very Sweet”: Redemption for Matt Crafton at Kansas, Takes the Win and a Playoffs Seat

Published 07/26/2020, 12:01 PM EDT

Matt Crafton won Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. With this success, he has effectively snapped his winless streak that started in July 2017. Crafton is the defending champion of the NASCAR Truck Series.

He drove the last 22 laps and held off ever-increasing pressure from Christian Eckes to score the success. His last triumph came at Eldora Speedway in 2017.

The triumph came in the second race of a doubleheader at the 1.5-mile track. Austin Hill was the victor of the principal race on Friday night. The ‘Top-5’ was filled out by Grant Enfinger in 3rd position, Tanner Gray in 4th, and Ben Rhodes in 5th.


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The 44-year-old ruling NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series champion was pretty effective in taking the race win from 19-year-old Christian Eckes. He successfully clutched the win during Saturday’s NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway.

In the second leg of NASCAR’s first Truck Series weekend doubleheader, Crafton broke a 67-race dry season tracing back to his 2017 triumph on the Eldora Speedway’s dirt track.

Crafton started to lead the grid minutes after a restart on Lap 113 of 134. He was able to hold the best position for the remainder of the race.


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NASCAR reports, It was very, very sweet,” Crafton acknowledged, taking the checkered flag as a souvenir. “Not a lot of give-up in these guys (the No. 88 ThorSport Racing team), without a doubt. Our Ford F-150 was good, really good all day.”

Matt Crafton admits the pressure from Eckes was making him nervous. “It was good on that last run, as well. The 18 (Eckes) had a little bit of speed — he was making me nervous right there.

“I kept trying to take his line away and make him tight and loose. … At the end of the day, I can’t thank these guys enough for working so hard each and every week on this thing.”


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The three-time NASCAR Truck Series Champion beat Eckes by .324 seconds. This is his third win at the 1.5-mile track and the fifteenth of his NASCAR Truck Series career. He has secured his position in the post-season with this triumph.

SOURCE- Bob Pockrass- Twitter, NASCAR



Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.