Matt Crafton pulls away, wins Truck Series race at Atlanta

B--h3b9UoAAv3xLThe defending 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion, Matt Crafton, took charge Saturday night in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), and finished with a comfortable 8.752 second lead over Ty Dillon for the victory.

Crafton, who led the most laps – 85 out 130, received his sixth series career victory and his first series victory at AMS.

Following Crafton and Dillon to the drop of the checkered flag were Ben Kennedy finishing third, Daniel Suarez fourth and Tyler Reddick finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Johnny Sauter who brought home sixth, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Erik Jones seventh, James Buescher eighth, Timothy Peters ninth and Joe Nemechek claimed 10th-place.

With his fifth-place finish, Tyler Reddick leaves Atlanta with a 2-point lead over tonight’s winner, Matt Crafton.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 140.711 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 25 Mins, 22 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 8.752 Seconds
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 13 laps

Next Up: The series takes the next couple of weeks off and return to action for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 28th, with an approximate starting time of 2:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1).

Next ERA Energy Resources 250 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 88 Matt Crafton 130 Running 85 48 5
2 33 Ty Dillon (i) 130 Running 0 0 0
3 11 Ben Kennedy 130 Running 1 42 1
4 51 Daniel Suarez (i) 130 Running 1 0 0
5 19 Tyler Reddick 130 Running 0 39 0
6 98 Johnny Sauter 130 Running 0 38 0
7 4 Erik Jones 130 Running 37 38 1
8 31 James Buescher 129 Running 0 36 0
9 17 Timothy Peters 129 Running 0 35 0
10 8 Joe Nemechek 129 Running 0 34 0
11 39 Ryan Sieg (i) 129 Running 0 0 0
12 05 John Wes Townley 129 Running 0 32 0
13 23 Spencer Gallagher # 129 Running 0 31 0
14 13 Cameron Hayley # 129 Running 0 30 0
15 29 Brad Keselowski (i) 129 Running 6 0 0
16 54 Justin Boston # 129 Running 0 28 0
17 75 Caleb Roark 127 Running 0 27 0
18 63 Garrett Smithley 126 Running 0 26 0
19 14 Daniel Hemric # 126 Running 0 25 0
20 08 Korbin Forrester # 125 Running 0 24 0
21 99 Bryan Silas 123 Running 0 23 0
22 02 Tyler Young 123 Running 0 22 0
23 74 Jordan Anderson 123 Running 0 21 0
24 94 Wendell Chavous # 120 Running 0 20 0
25 07 Ray Black Jr. # 119 Running 0 19 0
26 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 118 Running 0 18 0
27 1 Morgan Shepherd (i) 118 Running 0 0 0
28 15 Mason Mingus 110 Accident 0 16 0
29 86 Brandon Brown 91 Oil Line 0 15 0
30 50 Cody Ware # 48 Accident 0 14 0
31 6 Norm Benning 12 Rear Gear 0 13 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Standing 
After Race 2 of the 2015 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 19 Tyler Reddick 87 Leader 2 1 2 2 0
2 88 Matt Crafton 85 -2 2 1 1 2 0
3 4 Erik Jones # 80 -7 2 0 1 2 0
4 98 Johnny Sauter 72 -15 2 0 0 2 0
5 31 James Buescher 63 -24 2 0 0 1 0
6 99 Bryan Silas 60 -27 2 0 0 1 0
7 11 Ben Kennedy 58 -29 2 0 1 1 1
8 07 Ray Black Jr. # 58 -29 2 0 1 1 0
9 8 Joe Nemechek 58 -29 2 0 0 1 0
10 08 Korbin Forrester 56 -31 2 0 0 0 0
11 17 Timothy Peters 55 -32 2 0 0 1 1
12 05 John Wes Townley 54 -33 2 0 0 0 1
13 23 Spencer Gallagher # 54 -33 2 0 0 0 0
14 02 Tyler Young 54 -33 2 0 0 0 0
15 13 Cameron Hayley 51 -36 2 0 0 0 1
16 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 44 -43 2 0 0 0 0
17 6 Norm Benning 43 -44 2 0 0 0 1
18 54 Justin Boston # 43 -44 2 0 0 0 1
19 14 Daniel Hemric # 43 -44 2 0 0 0 1
20 29 Austin Theriault # 31 -56 1 0 1 1 0
21 94 Travis Kvapil 29 -58 1 0 0 0 0
22 75 Caleb Holman 27 -60 1 0 0 0 0
23 63 Garrett Smithley 26 -61 1 0 0 0 0
24 25 Matt Tifft 25 -62 1 0 0 0 1
25 74 Jordan Anderson 21 -66 1 0 0 0 0
26 94 Wendell Chavous 20 -67 1 0 0 0 0
27 40 Todd Peck 17 -70 1 0 0 0 1
28 15 Mason Mingus 16 -71 1 0 0 0 1
29 86 Brandon Brown 15 -72 1 0 0 0 1
30 50 Cody Ware # 14 -73 1 0 0 0 1
31 1 Donnie Neuenberger 13 -74 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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