NCWTS: Crafton Holds Off Dillon At Iowa- Chevrolet’s Dominating Performance

July 17, 2011 No Comments

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Matt Crafton held off a late- race charge by Austin Dillon and won Saturday night’s Coca-Cola 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa.

Dillon appeared to have the dominant entry in the Truck race but fell back in the pack because of a bad pit stop and then couldn’t outrun Crafton after rebounding from eighth place.

It’s hard to believe, but the win was only the second of Crafton’s Truck career.

Followed by Dillon, pole winner David Mayhew finished in an impressing third spot, while current points leader Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter rounded out the top five.

“The 3 truck (Dillon) was really good,” Crafton said. “I just had to hold him down. My right rear tire got hot, and I got really loose. He caught me, and I saved just enough so so I could drove back into the corner with him.”

After the really slow pit stop, Dillon moved from eighth place to second in 11 laps. After just two short laps of side-by-side racing, Dillon took over the prized first spot briefly before Crafton had enough and regained the lead.

“Track position was too big,” Dillon said. “We had the truck to beat tonight. That’s three we’ve given away. We’ve just got to keep on chipping at the points.”

Dillon now currently sits second in points behind Sauter.

Dillon had a tense moment early in the race when he was tapped by Sauter and almost lost control of his truck.

As we had just past the halfway point, Justin Marks was involved in a terrible accident that was triggered after contact was made with driver Max Papis. Marks slid across the grass separating the racing surface and pit road and slammed head-on into the outside wall, taking on one of the hardest hits of the season.

Marks was checked at the infield medical center and then transported to a nearby hospital for tests and evaluation. Officials said he was awake and alert in the medical center.

Marks’ crash caused the race’s fifth caution and also brought out the red flag as track workers replaced the damaged section of the wall pounded by the Marks truck.

All in all, great racing once again at the Iowa Speedway. Clearly this track does not disappoint.

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