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FORT WORTH, Texas (November 2, 2015) – Friday evening’s WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway could prove to be the pivotal race in determining the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points championship and the 1.5-mile speedway couldn’t come at a more opportune time for two-time defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton. 

>Crafton will be chasing a season sweep at Texas Motor Speedway as he looks to follow up his victory in June’s WinStar World Casino and Resort 400. A win at Martinsville this past weekend – his fifth of the season – allowed Crafton to shave 10 points off Erik Jones’ championship lead by 10 points, making it just a 13-point deficit with three races remaining in the championship fight. 

The veteran truck series driver has excelled at Texas Motor Speedway during his 29 career starts, tallying 10 top 5s and 18 top 10s, which are tops in both categories. Momentum gained last weekend at Martinsville could snowball with his recent string of success at Texas, where he has a streak of eight consecutive top-10 finishes that includes three finishes of second or better. It’s this string of success, along with the unique racing surface, that makes Texas Motor Speedway one of Crafton’s favorite tracks. 

“This track has changed quite a bit over the years,” Crafton said. “It’s definitely changing and it’s changing for the better. I love racing trucks at mile-and-a-halves where we can just race 15 to 20 laps wide open. That’s some of the most fun racing we do. I love going to Atlanta and I love coming here. I really like coming to a place where the asphalt is wore out and you get to search for different grooves.” 

Jones has a much smaller sample size regarding Texas Motor Speedway with just two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, but he has shown promise at this track. His TMS truck debut was in last June’s event, where he started fifth and finished 11th. In this past June’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400, he won the pole and led 68 laps en route to a disappointing 15th-place finish caused by a voltage issue that plagued him during the race. 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opens the AAA Texas 500 tripleheader race week Thursday with a pair of practice sessions (2-3:25 p.m. CT and 4:30-5:25 p.m.). Service King Qualifying Day for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be held Friday beginning at 3:40 p.m. and be followed by the running of the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 (TV: FOX Sports 1; Radio: 105.3 The FAN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com


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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