“I just felt like we'd been so close so many times. So many things have kept us out of victory lane. It's such a good feeling I can't even believe it." Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton
Matt Crafton has always seemed to run well at Dover International Speedway but had never been able to drive into victory lane.
It appears as if he found that elusive key to unlock that gate in the Jacob Companies 200 Camping World Truck Series race at the Monster Mile on Friday evening.
Crafton took the lead on lap 123 and stayed in front for the final 78 circuits to earn his first victory at Dover’s high-banked, one-mile oval.
Crafton finished around five truck-lengths ahead of Daniel Suarez. Christopher Bell finished third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Cole Custer.
“I I just felt like we’d been so close so many times,” said Crafton, who recorded his 12th career truck win. “So many things have kept us out of victory lane. It’s such a good feeling I can’t even believe it.
“It seems like we haven’t won a race in forever.”
Crafton, who won back-to-back Truck Series championships in 2013 and 2014, is now qualified for the truck Chase for the Championship.
Seaford native CJ Faison started the race in 31st and was able to stay out of trouble throughout the race, driving to a 25th-place finish, 10 laps off the pace.