Crafton outruns Dillon for truck win at Iowa|
Newton, IA (Sports Network) - Matt Crafton claimed his second career win in
the Camping World Truck Series by taking Saturday night's Coca-Cola 200 at
Dillon, who recorded his first truck win at Iowa last year, dominated most of
the race by leading 127 of 200 laps, but after a slow pit stop under caution,
Dillon fell back to eighth.
Todd Bodine led the way for the final restart with 40 laps remaining, but
Crafton quickly passed Bodine for the top position.
Dillon made his way up to the front again with 13 laps to go, as he nipped
Crafton at the line to reclaim the lead. But Crafton reassumed the position
on the following lap and then held off Dillon at the finish by 0.34 seconds.
"I just had to hold him [Dillon] down," Crafton said. "My right rear [tire]
got hot, and I got really loose in the center, so I backed up into the entry,
and then he caught me. I saved just enough so I could drive back down into the
corner with him. It was an awesome race right there at the end."
Crafton's second truck victory came in his 258th start. His first win occurred
in May 2008 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dillon's runner-up finish moved him up to second in the point standings. He is
now 22 points behind Johnny Sauter, who finished fourth.
"We had the truck to beat tonight," Dillon said. "That's three [races] we've
given away -- Texas, Kentucky and here. I think that it's good we've got fast
trucks. It was good to get second and finally finish a race. We've just got to
keep chipping away at the points."
Earlier in the day, Dillon's younger brother, Ty, won the ARCA race at Iowa.
He led 193 of 200 laps in that event.
David Mayhew, the pole sitter, finished third, and rookie Joey Coulter took
the fifth spot.
Cole Whitt, also a rookie this season, James Buescher, Nelson Piquet Jr.,
David Starr and Bodine completed the top-10.
Bodine replaced Travis Kvapil in Randy Moss Motorsports' No.5 Toyota for this
race. His Germain Racing team could not secure sponsorship in time to compete
Just past the halfway point, Justin Marks lost control of his truck and slid
on the infield grass before he slammed head on into the pit wall. His truck
damaged a section of the SAFER barrier, forcing NASCAR to briefly halt the
race while track personnel repaired the barrier.
Marks exited his truck under his own power, but appeared to be woozy at the
time. He was taken to the infield care center and then later transported to a
nearby hospital for further observation.
07/16 23:33:21 ET