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NCWTS: MATT CRAFTON WINS IN DOMINATING FASHION AT ATLANTA

Matt Crafton, No. 88 Fisher® Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Race No. 2 of 23

 

Stats:

Started: 15th

Finished: 1st

Laps: 130/130

Status: Running

Driver Points: 2nd (-2)

Owner Points: 2nd

 

MATT CRAFTON WINS IN DOMINATING FASHION AT ATLANTA

 

Hampton, GA (February 28, 2015) – Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Fisher® Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra, proved why Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS) is his favorite race track. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion captured his first win in his 14th start at the 1.5-mile quad oval, winning the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on Friday night. The victory marked the two-time champion’s first win at AMS and the sixth of his career.

 

The ThorSport Racing driver started the 130 lap race from the 15th position and surged through the field, battling a “free through the center and off the corner” Toyota Tundra. Crew chief Carl “Junior” Joiner brought the No. 88 machine to pit road for the first time at lap 19 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to aid in the handling. Crafton would restart fifth at lap 22 and never look back. By lap 30, the Fisher® Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra was scored third and at lap 45, the ThorSport Racing driver was passing the No. 4 machine for the lead.

 

Crafton would bring his Tundra down pit road two more times at laps 51, under caution, and 101, under green, for four tires and fuel as he continued to pace the field for the remaining 85 circuits. The ThorSport Racing driver would eventually prevail as the race winner, claiming his first checkered flag of the 2015 NCWTS season.

 

Quote:

“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to come back here. We’ve been close a few different times and finally got it. Our truck was very, very good. They kept trying to slow me down and I slowed down at some points, but right there at the end I just tried to make a statement and show them how fast this Menards Toyota Tundra was. This is my favorite race track, by far. You search and you move around so much – now that I have this win, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s all about these guys behind me, everybody believing in me and never giving up. I have to thank Menards and Toyota.”

 

Notes:

  • Matt Crafton won the 7th annual Hyundai Construction Equipment 200, his sixth victory in 340 NCWTS races
  • This marks Crafton’s first victory, and fourth top-five finish at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 14 starts since 2001
  • The ThorSport Racing driver led a race-high 85 laps in Friday night’s NCWTS event
  • Crafton gained three positions in the 2015 NCWTS driver point standings and now sits second, two points behind leader Tyler Reddick
  • Ty Dillon (second), Ben Kennedy (third), Daniel Suarez (fourth), and Tyler Reddick (fifth) rounded out the remainder of the top-five finishers
  • ThorSport Racing teammate, Johnny Sauter finished sixth, and Cameron Hayley was 14th
  • Up next: Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, March 28

Practice 1: 8th (31.18 seconds)

Qualifying: 15th (31.13 seconds)

 

ABOUT FISHER® NUTS

Fisher® Nuts is a brand owned by John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBSS), a company founded in 1922 that’s a leading processor, marketer and distributor of baking nuts, snack nuts and nut-based products that are sold in multiple distribution channels. Its products can be found under the Fisher®, Orchard Valley Harvest™ and Sunshine Country® brand names and a variety of private labels.

ABOUT MENARDS:

With 287 stores in 14 Midwestern states, Menards has the tools, materials and supplies for all your home improvement needs whether just needing a light bulb or can of paint to building a deck or new home. Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the low price leader; it’s no wonder their famous slogan – “SAVE BIG MONEY” – is so widely known and easy to remember. Menards does things right – the company’s strength and success can be seen in the well-stocked and maintained stores, the lowest prices in town and the way guests are always treated like family in a hometown hardware store atmosphere.

ABOUT THORSPORT RACING:

ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter, and the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Cameron Hayley in 2015.

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