Crafton nudges Dillon for second career win

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Matt Crafton broke a 79 race winless streak and recorded his second win at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, nudging defending race winner Austin Dillon by two car lengths at the stripe.

Crafton’s last win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2008. His victory also broke the streak of pole winners going on to win the race at Iowa Speedway’s two races.

“It’s a huge momentum builder.  It was awesome. It was a long time since 2008.” Crafton said.

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Dillon dominated for most of the night until a bad late pit stop placed him back in eight place on the restart.

“I don’t know what happened. I saw they stumbled in the front, lost a tire. Never got an explanation. My guys do a great job on pit row, and (Saturday) night wasn’t their night.” Dillon said.

Pole sitter David Mayhew led a few laps at the beginning of the race, finishing third. Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter rounded out the top five finishers.

Dillon fell short of making it a Dillon family sweep after his brother Ty Dillon won the ARCA Series race held before the Truck Series event.

Dillon now trails Sauter by 22 points in the Camping World Truck Series driver standings.

“I’m really proud of Matt tonight, he earned this win. ThorSport Racing just moved all its racing operations this week into the new shop, and the guys are all working overtime. To come out here and get a win and a top five finish after a really long week in the shop, that’s pretty amazing. We had more in us on the No. 13 Safe Auto/Karl Chevrolet team tonight, but we’ll take a top five after all that happened to us in this race. It’s a solid finish, and we’ll build on that into Nashville.” Sauter said.

Unofficial Race Results
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 11 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 47
2 5 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 44
3 1 2 David Mayhew Chevrolet 42
4 6 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 41
5 2 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet 39
6 14 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 38
7 3 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 37
8 10 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet 36
9 32 81 David Starr Toyota 35
10 21 5 Todd Bodine Toyota 35
11 4 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 33
12 9 46 Justin Lofton Toyota 32
13 13 32 Steve Arpin Chevrolet 31
14 7 18 Brian Ickler Toyota 30
15 12 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota 29
16 19 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 28
17 20 92 Clay Rogers Chevrolet 27
18 23 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 26
19 18 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 25
20 17 9 Max Papis Toyota 24
21 25 98 Dakoda Armstrong Chevrolet 23
22 8 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge 22
23 27 102 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 21
24 28 7 Caleb Roark Chevrolet 20
25 16 23 Jason White Chevrolet 19
26 30 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 18
27 22 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 17
28 15 66 Justin Marks Chevrolet 15
29 24 63 Jack Smith Ford 0
30 26 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 14
31 29 296 Todd Peck Chevrolet 13
32 31 175 Greg Seevers Chevrolet 0

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