NCWTS: Menards, ThorSport Renew Partnership; Will Sponsor Crafton for 11th Straight Year

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SANDUSKY, Ohio – official team release — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo —

Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Matt Crafton and primary sponsor Menards announced Thursday night they have renewed their partnership for the 2015 NCWTS season.

The extended partnership with Menards in 2015 will mark the 11th consecutive season that Crafton will drive the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra.

The Tulare, California native has scored all five of his career NCWTS wins and two consecutive championships piloting the iconic day-glow Menards Toyota Tundra and enters the 2015 NCWTS season aiming to make it three in a row. Joining Menards on the No. 88 will be vendor partners Damp Raid, Fisher Nuts, Hormel Pepperoni, Slim Jim, Chi-Chi’s, Great Lakes Flooring, Rip It Energy, IDEAL Door, and FVP.

“To be able to continue our partnership with Menards for the 2015 season is incredible,” said Crafton. “We’ve been together at ThorSport Racing since 2005, and it speaks to the longevity of everyone involved. In this era, long running partnerships are rare, and incredibly valuable. It shows how committed ThorSport Racing is to the NCWTS, and how committed Menards and their partners are to our No. 88 team.”

Crafton, who won the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series championship in 2000, made his first start with ThorSport Racing/Menards in the NCWTS season finale in the same year, beginning the series’ longest running driver-team relationship. Crafton has since become a staple in the NCWTS, winning two titles and finishing in the top-10 in the standings in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

“Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the No. 88 team step up and compete at the highest level,” said team owner, Duke Thorson. “Our relationship with Menards and their vendor partners is the cornerstone of this program, and we’ve been thrilled to deliver two championships to them in the last two seasons.”

“It’s important to the success of ThorSport Racing to keep Matt (Crafton) and the No. 88 Menards team together, and renewing our partnership shows the value the NCWTS and our race program offers our partners year after year. Going into 2015, we’re honored to represent Menards, and their partners both on and off the track.”

Menards, a Midwest home-improvement store chain with a long history in racing, has three stock-car championships; one in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with driver Frank Kimmel in the ThorSport Racing No. 44 Toyota (2013), and two NCWTS driver’s championships with Matt Crafton (2013 & 2014).

“We’re excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Matt Crafton and ThorSport Racing for the 2015 NCWTS season,” said Jeff Abbott, Menards Promotion Manager/Spokesperson. “We appreciate the efforts of ThorSport Racing and our vendor partners over the years and look forward to another great season. Matt is a championship driver and has always been a great ambassador for Menards.”

Crafton will kick-off his 16th season in the NCWTS at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 20 during the 18th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250.

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CREDIT: ThorSport Racing

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