Jun 6, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT
Matt Crafton had to stretch his final fuel load across 61 laps, but was able to pick up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win tonight at Texas Motor Speedway.
The defending Truck Series champion led 118 laps, the most he’s ever led in a single race (previous-best: 68 at Mansfield, 2007). But with less than 15 laps to go, his closest pursuers started to head into the pits for a final splash of fuel while Crafton was told to slow down by his ThorSport Racing crew.
Fortunately for Crafton, he had just enough in his tank to make it to the checkered flag. His No. 88 Toyota Tundra finally ran dry during his victory burnouts.
Crafton also took over the championship lead after Timothy Peters, the leader going into Texas, crashed out early after he ran over the oil left behind by teammate German Quiroga when his engine failed.
With the next race coming up on June 14 at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis, Crafton is ahead of Johnny Sauter (finished seventh).
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