Tag Archives: Matt Crafton

Mirror Driving: Matt Crafton’s Penalty, Kyle & Kurt’s Big Problems, And Johnson Playing Dumb?

*After the dust settled at Richmond, Brian Vickers was in the Chase while Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were left on the outside looking in. Is not having the series bad boy or perpetual championship contender in the playoffs bad for the sport?* Beth: Not at all. It's not like they're going to be out of the races altogether. Bryan: What's bad is how a driver with four wins, regardless of who it is, is out of the playoffs while four drivers with no wins are in.

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Talking NASCAR TV: “Chasing” Diverts Too Much Attention From “Racing” At Richmond

Hello, race fans. The Richmond race weekend every September has always been an exciting weekend. Good racing is nearly guaranteed and, since it’s a short track, there is plenty of contact to go around. However, since 2004, this weekend has taken extra importance because it is the last race before the Chase for the Cup begins. Thus, it’s an all out free for all for a group of drivers trying to lock themselves into the Chase at the last minute. However, this week started out on a much lighter note for some of the Cup drivers. On Wednesday night, 19 full time Sprint Cup drivers, two NHRA Funny Car drivers (Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon), Aric Almirola, and the driver of supposedly undetermined age (although it’s probably somewhere around 78 or 79) Red Farmer gathered at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Oh. for the "Prelude to the Dream."

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Copart 200 at Gateway

*In a Nutshell:* Mike Skinner took the checkered flag 0.285 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway Saturday afternoon. Skinner took the lead after NASCAR black-flagged Matt Crafton for rough driving inside ten laps remaining after Crafton helped cause two wrecks which eliminated several top contenders. Skinner was then able to hold off Johnny Sauter in a green-white-checkered finish for his third win of the season. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* As has been the case through most races this season, Hornaday, Jr. again had the strongest truck on the track.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2009 Bristol Breakdown and More

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 2.721 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the O'Reilly 200 Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead from Jason White on lap 124 and never looked back on the way to his third Camping World Truck Series victory this season. Ron Hornaday, Jr, Ryan Newman and Brian Scott rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Mike Skinner. The driver of the No. 5 Exide Toyota started on the outside pole and pulled to commanding lead when the green flag flew. Despite multiple challenges by pole sitter Ryan Newman, Skinner remained in the top spot until pit stops under the first caution flag.

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Mirror Driving: Gauging The Importance Of Indy While Sorting Out Title Contenders In Cup, Nationwide, And Trucks

*With the season just past the halfway point, who looks to be the favorite to win the Sprint Cup Championship? Also, who's your darkhorse… and who is the biggest disappointment to date?* Bryan: It will be a Hendrick-backed car, and I don't see anyone outside of Johnson, Gordon, and Stewart having a realistic shot. Amy: As of this moment, I'm thinking the title could come down to Smoke and Mark Martin, though there is none better in the Chase than Jimmie Johnson -- so I think it's one of those three.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.135 seconds ahead of Mike Skinner to win the Built Ford Tough 225 Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. held off a hard charging Skinner long enough to score his third consecutive and fourth win of the season. Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, and Aric Almirola rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Tayler Malsam.* Malsam started eighth and had a very fast truck, powering to the lead for the first time in his career on lap 47 after pit strategy helped him restart third.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 WinStar Casino 400 at Texas

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 1.321 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Bodine gambled on fuel strategy and won, scoring his fifth victory at the mile and a half track. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 NASCAR Drivers NOT In Sprint Cup

With the off week in full swing, it presented an opportunity for the Frontstretch experts to do something a little different. Instead of grading the Cup guys, we took a look at those drivers who often get shunned from the spotlight these days... the drivers exclusive to the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series desperate to make a name for themselves. These divisions are filled with established veterans and young guns mixed together to provide a cornucopia of driving talent. And since you never know when a Cup ride will become available... we thought it's high time to figure out who's proved himself most worthy of filling the spot as of late. Read on to see if your favorite non-Cup driver made the list in this special edition of the Top 15.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.122 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick to win the American Commercial Lines 200 Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch overcame gear problems on a late-race pit stop to rocket to the front and score his fourth win in five starts at Atlanta. Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner, and Terry Cook rounded out the top five.

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