SANDUSKY, Ohio – Matt Crafton’s raced long enough to know no racetrack could ever owe anything to a driver or a race team. But he’s also human enough to know when payback might be called for.
And that’s a perfect scene-setter for Saturday’s Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in southern Virginia.
Because at the series’ last stop at NASCAR’s shortest track on its national tours — in last October’s Kroger 200 — Crafton’s No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota was poised to win, until Sprint Cup Series star Denny Hamlin used a classic short-track move to bump Crafton out of the lead and into a fourth-place finish.
“We got one (win) taken away from us last fall so we definitely look forward to going back there and getting a little redemption,” said Crafton, who this week is flying the Rip It Energy Fuel / Menards colors. “Whoever is in front of me better hang on ’cause we’re going to give them a ride if we’re running second. We’re tired of finish