Matt Crafton wins Trucks race
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Crafton raced to his second NASCAR Camping World Truck victory of the season Friday night, running the final 61 laps at Texas Motor Speedway on one tank of fuel.
The defending series champion led 118 of 167 laps on the 1½-mile track, and beat pole-sitter Justin Lofton by 13.302 seconds. Crafton's ThorSport Racing Toyota ran out of fuel on the way to Victory Lane.
"They said it was going to be close," Crafton said. "It's hard to save when you have such a fast truck. ... This truck was really, really good. I could go anywhere I wanted to and run however I wanted to."
Also the winner in March at Martinsville, Crafton regained the lead in the season standings -- moving 11 points ahead of Johnny Sauter.
Lofton also stretched his fuel.
"The last 10 laps I was running about 50 percent throttle," Lofton said.
"It made it all the way to the end," Nemechek said.
Sauter has to pit for fuel under green on Lap 163.
Timothy Peters, a point ahead of Crafton and Sauter entering the race, finished 24th to drop to fifth in the standings. Peters cut a tie early, then crashed into the outside wall on Lap 45 after running through oil from German Quiroga's car.
Erik Jones was 11th after skipping his high school graduation ceremony in Swartz Creek, Michigan, to race. The event was the 18-year-old driver's first national-level start on a 1½-mile oval.
"To graduate at a race track, I don't know that I would have had it any other way," Jones said.
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