Gander Outdoor Truck Series

NCWTS: Matt Crafton Looking to go Back-to-Back at the Monster Mile


DOVER, Del. — Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 ThorSport Racing entry, looks to defend his 2016 win at the Monster Mile Friday in the Bar Harbor 200 presented by Sea Watch International.

In Thursday’s first of two practice, Crafton was fourth fastest on the speed charts with a lap time of 23.385 at 153.945 MPH. He made a total of 20 laps at the 1-mile track in Delaware with his fastest coming on lap seven.

In the day’s second and final practice, Crafton ended 13th on the charts with a lap time of 23.500 at 153.191 MPH. Despite losing a slight amount of speed in the second practice, the two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion has his eyes looking forward to Friday’s race.

“As a race car driver you always want that ability to move around, and find more grip,” noted Crafton. “Under green, the longer a run goes, the more you see it getting blacker and blacker, where we’re laying down the rubber. Then you start moving around – getting out of the rubber, to find more grip.”

Last year’s race winner knows how to get around Dover, and in a hurry. In 16 career starts at the Monster Mile, Crafton has one lone win, but five top-five and 10 top-ten finishes, including eight of the last nine races at the track. The only time he finished outside the top-ten in those nine races was back in 2014 due to a crash.

In his career, Crafton has 13 wins in 389 NCWTS starts. He also adds 98 top-five, 229 top-ten finishes and 12 poles.

“There is no other track we go to that you get the sensation, as a driver, that you get at Dover. It’s definitely one of my favorite race tracks because you have a lot of tire fall off, and multiple grooves.”

Qualifying for Friday’s Bar Harbor 200 is set for 2:35 pm while the green flag drops on the 200-lap race at 5:30 pm.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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