Matt Crafton dominated the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth on Friday night, leading 118 laps of the 267 that made up the race en route to his second win of the season. It marks the first time Crafton has won multiple times in a given Truck Series season. He also make series history with a winning margin of 13.302 seconds over second-place finisher Justin Lofton -- the largest winning margin in any Camping World Truck Series race at TMS. With the win, Crafton retook the points lead he gave up to Timothy Peters a week earlier at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
Although, Crafton was dominant throughout the race, he rolled the dice and played the fuel mileage game, staying out while others pitted under green in the final 20 laps of the race to claim the win after running 58 green-flag and two yellow-flag laps on the same tank of fuel. After running the final laps of the race somewhat off the race pace, he wound up running out of gas doing his victory burnout.
"I didn't know we were as close as we were," Crafton said. "That's one of the hardest things to do -- trying to tell a race car driver to slow down."
Most of the other top-five finishers also made the same gamble, and it also paid off for them. Lofton stayed out, just as third-place finisher Joe Nemechek and fifth-place finisher John Wes Townley did.
"I really thought we'd have a caution the way everyone was slipping and sliding," Lofton said. "We were too far on track position to contend with Matt."
Ryan Blaney was the highest finisher among those who pitted in the closing laps, finishing fourth.
Lofton started on the pole, with Crafton alongside in second. Crafton took the lead at the start and remained up front until the first of three cautions in close succession came out on lap 35. Ron Hornaday got off pit road first to restart with the lead, while Crafton restarted third.
Blaney quickly took the lead after restarted second, and Crafton moved up to the second spot. Crafton took the lead from Blaney on the next restart a few laps later.
Blaney retook the top spot by taking fuel only during the third caution of the race that came out just before lap 60. Crafton started several spots back, but quickly moved up to second after the restart, leaving Hornaday and Erik Jones to battle for third. Blaney was able to hold off Crafton for awhile, but Crafton eventually closed in and retook the lead on lap 93.
The fourth and final yellow flag came on lap 104. Crafton got off pit road first to maintain his lead, but when the race restarted, he lost that lead to Hornaday. Hornaday's time up front was short-lived, though, as Crafton quickly got back up front.
"The restarts were awesome," Crafton said. "They're so much fun -- the best racing in NASCAR."
Hornaday finished sixth, Johnny Sauter was seventh, Bryan Silas finished eighth, Joey Coulter ninth, and Darrell Wallace Jr. was 10th.