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Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton’s Home in the Truck Series

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For 17 years, Matt Crafton has made his career in the Camping World Truck Series. And following a report from motorsport.com last week, he’ll continue sitting behind the wheel of the No. 88 Toyota through at least the 2018 season. “It’s been an honor to be with ThorSport Racing,” Crafton told motorsport.com. “I’ve always said …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Does Matt Crafton’s Loyalty Mean to the Truck Series?

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series might need veteran Matt Crafton just like Crafton needs the division. With a push on rookies and young guns to take over the division, Crafton and GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter are the lone experienced racers left in the sport’s third-tier. The rest of the field were mostly toddlers — …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Texas Roadhouse 200

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While Noah Gragson was winning the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway, two part-time rookie teammates were handling themselves like old pros.  Harrison Burton, making just his sixth Truck Series start of 2017 and the seventh of his career and Todd Gilliland in his fifth career start, finished …

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Matt Crafton Disappointed by 2nd-Place Finish at Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 28) was Matt Crafton‘s race to lose… and well, he lost it. The two-time Camping World Truck Series champion dominated the race, leading 102 laps and winning Stage 1, but he lost the lead with 10 laps to go on a final restart to …

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Noah Gragson Perfects Restart for 1st Truck Series Win at Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last time out, Martinsville Speedway gave rookie Noah Gragson his first top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series. This time, it’s his first win. After perfecting the outside lane on the final restart of Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200, Gragson passed Matt Crafton, leading the final 10 laps and winning his first race in the series. …

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Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton Fastest in Martinsville Truck Practices

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Martinsville Speedway was an all-truck zone as 34 Camping World Truck Series teams descended on the paperclip for two practice sessions.  Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen was fastest overall with a lap of 19.993 seconds (94.713 mph). Practice No. 1 In the early afternoon session, ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton was fastest with …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 33: Clockin’ Out

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Episode 33: Clockin’ Out Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Phil Allaway and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Phil and Zach wrap up the chaos at Kansas Speedway, offering our thoughts on the penalties handed to Matt Kenseth and the feast-and-famine round for Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. We also preview the …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega?

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Who Could Be a Surprise Cup Winner on Sunday? NASCAR’s Talladega week is where it gets fun for us writers. We get to publish our outlandish, bold winners who we predict may make us look like geniuses for once in our nine-month season. In this week’s Frontstretch Podcast powered by DraftKings, we added a little …

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NASCAR Hands Big Penalty to No. 21 XFINITY Series Team

Daniel Hemric (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR revealed on Wednesday the penalties handed down for the races this past weekend in Las Vegas and Dover. A total of six penalties in the three top tier series were issued. One of those penalties was given to the No. 21 XFINITY Series team of Daniel Hemric, resulting in a large and impactful penalty especially …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 8 Drivers, 3 Rounds, 1 Championship

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series set its playoff field, and for the final seven races on the schedule, all eyes will focus on the championship battle. One thing that’s different this year, though, is the number of playoff points accumulated each week by winning stages and races. Those bonus points …

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