LOUDON, N.H. — official release — Robert Reiners/Getty Images North America photo — Matt Crafton found himself back in familiar territory following his second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway last Saturday night.
The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion reclaimed the top spot in the standings where he holds a five-point lead over ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter.
If he can stay out front, Crafton will become the first back-to-back champion and the fourth multi-title winner since the series began in 1995. The No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driver has utilized consistency to climb back into the top spot. Since his 26th-place finish at Gateway, he has posted seven top-10 finishes, including four top fives, in eight races.
On the season, he has dominated the loop data statistics among full-time NCWTS drivers, ranking first in driver rating (104.3) and average running position (6.8), as well as second in laps led (244, 10.8%) and fastest laps run (158, 8.9%).
At the moment, Crafton doesn’t even have the points race on his mind. He claims he is only focused on winning events until the final race at Homestead.
“Homestead is going to be when we worry about (the points race),” Crafton said. “We are going to go to each and every race trying to win, each and every darn race.”