Winning the Homestead Truck Race was not enough for Crafton as Jones Claimed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Title

2015 Nov 20 HM_112015_14Credit: 314405Jeff Curry/Getty Images. Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

Starting from pole Truck 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Toyota won the 20th Annual Ford EcoBoost 200, his 11th victory in 361 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. This is Crafton’s 6th win & 18th Top 10 finish in 2015. This is his 1st win & 7th Top 10 finish in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 2nd Place Truck 8 John H. Nemechek Chevrolet, starting from 2nd place posted his 1st Top 10 finish in his 1st start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. John H. Nemechek was the highest finishing rookie & is his 10th Top 10 finish in 2015. 3rd Place Truck 19 Tyler Reddick Broken Bow Music Group Ford, starting from 4th place posted his 2nd Top 10 finish in 2 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

2015 Nov 20 HM_112015_11Credit: 314402Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images. Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

4 Place Truck 11 Ben Kennedy Florida Lottery Toyota, starting from 3rd place followed by 5 place Truck 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota, starting from 17th place. 6th Place Rookie Truck 4 Erik Jones Toyota Toyota, starting from 5th place won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. 7th Place Truck 98 Johnny Sauter Nextant/Curb Records Toyota, starting from 7th place followed by 8th place Rookie Truck 14 Daniel Hemric California Clean Power Chevrolet, starting from 7th place. 9th Place Rookie Truck 13 Cameron Hayley Mattei/Carolina Nut Toyota, starting from 11th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Truck 05 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Chevrolet, in 10th place, starting from 13th place.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200Credit: 314398Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images. Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

The race 4 Cautions for 18 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 5 for Truck 86 Brandon Brown Coastal Carolina University Chevrolet Stalled On Track. 2nd Caution on lap 62 for Truck 51 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota Spin Turn 4. 3rd Caution on lap 75 for Truck 33 Brandon Jones # Lucas Oil Chevrolet Spin Turn 2. 4th Caution on lap 84 for Debris Turn 2.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200Credit: 314397Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images. Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, talks to Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 14 Lead Changes: 14 among 6 drivers: Lap Leaders: M. Crafton 1-30; J. Nemechek # 31-48; T. Reddick 49; J. Townley 50; D. Suarez(i) 51-60; J. Nemechek # 61-62; M. Crafton 63; J. Nemechek # 64-65; M. Crafton 66-67; J. Nemechek # 68; M. Crafton 69-78; J. Nemechek # 79; M. Crafton 80-83; C. Bell 84-88; M. Crafton 89-134. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): M. Crafton 6 times for 93 laps; J. Nemechek # 5 times for 24 laps; D. Suarez(i) 1 time for 10 laps; C. Bell 1 time for 5 laps; J. Townley 1 time for 1 lap; T. Reddick 1 time for 1 lap.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200Credit: 314403Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images. Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning after winning the series championship after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

Top 10 in Points: E. Jones # – 899; T. Reddick – 884; M. Crafton – 877; J. Sauter – 809; T. Peters – 804; C. Hayley # – 766; D. Hemric # – 733; J. Townley – 730; B. Kennedy – 690; S. Gallagher # – 677.

2015 Nov 20 HM_112015_15Credit: 314406Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images. Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the series championship during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

Truck 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Toyota finished 2.9 seconds ahead of Truck 8 John H. Nemechek Chevrolet and more than 6 seconds ahead of Truck 19 Tyler Reddick Broken Bow Music Group Ford, the 39-year-old veteran still wound up third in the point standings, 15 behind 19-year-old Truck 4 Erik Jones Toyota Toyota.

Kyle Busch discovered Erik Jones in a Super Late Model race as he was beat by the younger driver. Jones became the 1st to win a driver’s title for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“I can’t think of a better way to repay these guys. I can’t think of a better ending than that,” said Jones, who expects to drive full-time in the XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing next year after parts of three seasons with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“Eric’s done a lot of growing up in a short period of time,” Busch said. “I’m glad he stuck with me and our plan. I think he has a lot of bigger and greater things ahead on his plate.”

This has been a season of the Rookies for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with 4 drivers finishing in the Top 10.

Rookie Cameron Hayley from Calgary Alberta finished in 6th place in the Championship.
Cameron Hayley Motorsports Statement: Well… Crazy race today and crazy year! Lived my dream and had the time of my life this year. Thank you to all my #13 guys and everyone at ThorSport for giving me amazing trucks week in and week out. I’m not sure what my future holds but I do know that whatever I do I will always remember this great year. Thank you to all that have helped me live me dream this year!

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Number 23
Unofficial Race Results for the 20Th Annual Ford Ecoboost 200 – Friday, November 20, 2015
Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, FL – 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 134 Laps – 201 Miles – Purse: $686,721

Print

Finish Start Truck Driver Team Laps Stats
1. 1. Truck 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Toyota 134 Running
2. 2. Truck 8 John H. Nemechek # Chevrolet 134 Running
3. 4. Truck 19 Tyler Reddick Broken Bow Music Group Ford 134 Running
4. 3. Truck 11 Ben Kennedy Florida Lottery Toyota 134 Running
5. 12. Truck 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 134 Running
6. 5. Truck 4 Erik Jones # Toyota Toyota 134 Running
7. 10. Truck 98 Johnny Sauter Nextant/Curb Records Toyota 134 Running
8. 7. Truck 14 Daniel Hemric # California Clean Power Chevrolet 134 Running
9. 11. Truck 13 Cameron Hayley # Mattei/Carolina Nut Toyota 134 Running
10. 13. Truck 05 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Chevrolet 134 Running
11. 8. Truck 23 Spencer Gallagher # Allegiant Chevrolet 134 Running
12. 18. Truck 29 Austin Theriault # Cooper Standard Ford 134 Running
13. 14. Trcuk 31 Rico Abreu GunBroker.com Chevrolet 134 Running
14. 19. Truck 97 Jesse Little Protect The Harvest Toyota 134 Running
15. 16. Truck 0 Scott Lagasse Jr.(i) Florida DOT/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet 134 Running
16. 15. Truck 92 David Gilliland(i) Blacks Tire & Wheel Distributors Ford 133 Running
17. 22. Truck 59 David Levine Furman University/MOMO Ford 133 Running
18. 27. Truck 07 Ray Black Jr. # ScubaLife.com Chevrolet 133 Running
19. 23. Truck 02 Tyler Young AKL Insurance Group/Young’s Chevrolet 133 Running
20. 20. Truck 15 Mason Mingus 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 132 Running
21. 25. Truck 94 Timmy Hill Testoril/ChampionMachinery.com Chevrolet 132 Running
22. 28. Truck 50 Travis Kvapil CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet 132 Running
23. 21. Truck 58 Kyle Weatherman LifeXist/Massage LUXE Ford 131 Running
24. 32. Truck 1 Dexter Stacey Maddie’s Place Chevrolet 131 Running
25. 9. Truck 54 Christopher Bell JBL Toyota 130 Out Of Fuel
26. 24. Truck 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb UTA.org Chevrolet 128 Running
27. 31. Truck 08 Korbin Forrister # Tilted Kilt Chevrolet 127 Running
28. 29. Truck 63 Garrett Smithley NIMITZ/Adama Chevrolet 126 Running
29. 30. Truck 74 Jordan Anderson Simmons & White/Columbia SC Chevrolet 115 Running
30. 6. Truck 51 Daniel Suarez(i) ARRIS Toyota 84 Accident
31. 17. Truck 33 Brandon Jones # Lucas Oil Chevrolet 67 Accident
32. 26. Truck 86 Brandon Brown Coastal Carolina University Chevrolet 2 Transmission

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, no trucks dropped to the rear of the field. Failed to Qualify: (4) 18 Ross Kenseth(i), 36 Bobby Pierce, 45 Todd Peck, 6 Norm Benning. Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 35 Mins, 10 Secs. Average Speed: 126.725 MPH Margin of Victory: 2.942 Seconds. Caution Flags: 4 for 18 laps. Lead Changes: 14 among 6 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: (1) E. Jones # 899;(2) T. Reddick 884;(3) M. Crafton 877;(4) J. Sauter 809;(5) T. Peters 804;(6) C. Hayley # 766;(7) D. Hemric # 733;(8) J. Townley 730;(9) B. Kennedy 690;(10) S. Gallagher # 677.

Keystone Light Pole Award: Matt Crafton, #88 167.551 mph. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Triad Racing Technologies (TRT), #88. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Crafton, #88. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: John Hunter Nemechek, #8.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Feb. 19, 2016 – Daytona International Speedway

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