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Matt Crafton wins delayed truck race at Martinsville

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March 31, 2014 | 7,739 views | Post a comment

After a delay for rain and an extension of two green-white-checker attempts, the checkered flag finally fell on the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday with Matt Crafton the race winner.

"Just trying to be smart and not overdrive (turn) one," Crafton said after the race of how he was able to maintain his lead through several late-race restarts. "I thought I gave one away."

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second, Ben Kennedy was third, Johnny Sauter fourth, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five. Timothy Peters ran at or near the front for much of the race, but after losing second to Wallace on the final restart, he drifted back and was involved in a late-race incident with Red Horse Racing teammate German Quiroga just befre the checkered flag. Their incident also resulted in a spin for John Wes Townley. In the end, Quiroga wound up sixth and Peters seventh. After running solidly in the top-10 late in the going, Townley wound up 20th.

"Just wild, exciting racing at Martinsville," Peters said. "The No. 54 (Wallace) moved mem out of the way, but I didn't expect it from my teammate. The fastest truck didn't win again."

Ron Hornaday led the most laps in the race, leading a total of 62 laps, all in the first half of the race. Sauter was right behind him with 61 laps led.

Hornaday stayed out on the race track while almost everyone else pitted during a caution on lap 91. When the race restarted, Hornaday dropped back through the field on his older tires, as Wallace ran up front. Sauter took the lead from Wallace on lap 113.
Sauter and Peters swapped the lead back and forth several times until Peters took the lead on lap 277 and then Sauter lost second to Wallace. By that time, Hornaday had worked his way back up to the top-five.

Crafton got off pit road second to Peters during a lap-196 caution and with just under 40 laps to go, got by Peters for the lead. Crafton was able to hold on to the top spot for the remainder of the race and through four restarts that came in the final 25 laps of the race. One of those late-race cautions was the result of a spin by Hornaday with 19 laps remaining in the race's scheduled distance.

As Crafton ran up front, Peters and Wallace waged a battle for second -- a battle that Wallace would wind up winning.

Ben Rhodes finished eighth, Hornaday ninth, and Brian Ickler was 10th.
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