DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — official release — Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America photo — Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton sits in second place in the driver standings – lurking seven points behind his ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter – in prime position to make a move.
Next Friday’s Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) presents an ample opportunity for Crafton to strike in his final push towards a repeat.
The tri-oval speedway in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Illinois spans 1.5 miles, a distance that has treated Crafton well this season. In three of his four starts on 1.5-milers, Crafton boasts one victory (Texas) and two second-place finishes (Kansas and Charlotte). His one finish outside the top-five: Kentucky, where he posted a sixth-place performance.
Not that he’s dropped off much, but Crafton seems to be regaining his early-season form when he registered a pair of wins and second-place finishes in the first six races.
In three events since finishing 14th at Pocono, he has posted two top fives and a sixth-place effort. A contender to win every week, he leads series regulars in average running position (7.018), ranks tied for the top spot in victories (two) and claims the second-best driver rating (103.1).