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Matt Crafton Wins Rain Delayed Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway

March 30th, 2014 at 8:46 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It was 26 hours late but the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finally ran late Sunday afternoon into the evening after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and it was a good one as Timothy Peters dominated the event early and Matt Crafton took over in the later stages to win the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. It's Crafton's fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Crafton was happy to receive his prize for victory. 

"Finally got that grandfather clock," Crafton said in victory lane. 

It wasn't easy for Crafton as the race had two green-white-checker attempts at the end where Crafton had to hold off Peters for victory. On the final attempt for the green-white-checker finish Crafton got off to a nice restart and Peters rode hard in the second position. Contact from Darrell Wallace Jr sent Peters up the track and Wallace moved into second position. Peters would fall to the fifth position and after Crafton received the white flag Peters and teammate German Quiroga would make contact that would result in John Wes Townley spinning out and crashing on the backstretch. Townley finished 20th after running in the top five most of the day. 

Crafton held off Wallace and took the victory. Finishing in the third position was rookie Ben Kennedy, with Johnny Sauter finishing in the fourth position. Finishing in the fifth position was Ryan Blaney. Finishing in the sixth spot was Timothy Peters with German Quiroga in seventh. Ben Rhodes, who was making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, finished eighth. Finishing in the ninth position was Ron Hornaday Jr and Brian Ickler came home tenth.

Finishing in the 11th position was John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer in his first series start as well finisihed 12th. Chase Pistone was 13th in his first series start and Ross Chastain finished 14th. Finishing in the 15th position was Brandon Jones, finishing in the 16th position was Tyler Reddick, finishing in the 17th position was Joey Coulter with Erik Jones in 18th, and Gray Gaulding finished as the last lead lap truck in 19th

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Other notables in the field included Jeb Burton in 21st and former series champion Travis Kvapil in 23rd.

Gaulding was making his Truck Series debut and on crashed to send the race into the first-green-white checkered when he was battling hard with Cole Custer and was spun by Ben Rhodes.

On the first green-white-checkered attempt Johnny Sauter took out Erik Jones while both drivers were in the top five. 

The race was slowed 10 times for cautions. The fourth caution of the day happened when Bryan Silas and Spencer Gallagher crashed hard on the backstretch. Silas finished 33rd and Gallagher finished 32nd. 

Timothy Peters led early in the event and seemed to have the dominate truck of the race. Peters was in the lead on lap 139 when contact from Johnny Sauter moved the #17 truck up the racetrack and Peters hung on and didn't crash and continued in the fifth position. By lap 169 Peters had worked his way back up to the lead by passing Sauter back for the lead. Sauter would fight back and pass Peters for the lead on lap 174 and Peters went back to the lead on lap 177 and led until he was passed by Crafton on lap 204. From that point it was Crafton's race to win. It was Crafton's first win at the famed racetrack. 

Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters are in a tie with 82 points after two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Third in the standings is Matt Crafton, who is four points back in another dead tie with Ryan Blaney. Fifth in the series point standings is Ron Hornaday Jr. Sixth in the standings is Ben Kennedy with German Quiroga in seventh. Darrell Wallace Jr is eighth, Jeb Burton is ninth and Tyler Reddick rounds out the top ten in points. 

Other notables in the points include John Wes Townley in 11th, Brian Ickler in 13th and Ross Chastain in 14th, and Joey Coulter in 17th. 

It is another long layoff until the next race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule which is the SPF 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 9th. 

Tags: Darrell Wallace Jr., Kroger 250, Matt Crafton, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Timothy Peters

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