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Defending Race Champion Crafton Eyeing Another Cowboy Hat

Defending WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 champion Matt Crafton, the two-time reigning series champ, wants nothing more than earning yet another Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat that is presented to the winning driver in Victory Lane. 

Last year’s win in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 snapped Crafton’s 27-race winless drought at Texas Motor Speedway and in the process helped propel him to his second career championship. For Crafton, capturing what became an elusive victory proved to a signature win for the veteran driver. 

“It was awesome to be able to win there,” said Crafton, who led a career-best 118 laps en route to the victory. “It was one of those race tracks that you have on your bucket list that you want to win at and be able to get the cowboy hat.” 

Crafton arrives at the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 with a streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway. His success can be traced to the style of racing where drivers can run multiple grooves to find the fastest line around Texas Motor Speedway. 

“The surface is getting really worn out and we can start at the bottom and at the end of the run we are right up against the wall,” Crafton said. “The race track itself generates really good racing in the trucks.”

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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