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Matt Crafton wins fuel mileage battle to take Kansas Truck race

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In a battle of fuel-mileage gamblers, Matt Crafton won while several others were forced to fold early in Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Crafton earned his seventh career Truck Series race and became the first Truck driver to win twice at Kansas.

Erik Jones led 151 laps – a series record on a 1.5-mile track – but was forced to pit with five laps to go when he ran out of fuel. Jones finished 11th.

Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez then challenged for the lead, but both also ran out of fuel in the final two laps, allowing Crafton to take the lead and hold on for the win, having led a total of just six laps in the 167-lap event.

Sprint Cup regular Ryan Newman finished second, followed by Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and Cameron Hayley.

Suarez finished sixth, followed by Justin Boston, Scott Lagasse Jr., Mason Mingus and Daniel Hemric.

How Crafton won: Fuel mileage management. While pole-sitter Erik Jones dominated, building more than a 10-second lead at one point, Crafton was his usual calm and collected self. He saved fuel when he needed to and watched Jones, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez all fall short of their bid to win when they all ran out of fuel in the closing laps. “They told me we weren’t going to make it, but we had great horsepower,” Crafton said. “It was not the winning truck. We were definitely second-place truck.”

Who else had a good day: The entire ThorSport Racing team. Teammates Johnny Sauter finished third and Cameron Hayley finished fifth. … Also having a good day was Sprint Cup regular Ryan Newman, who made a rare Truck Series start and finished second. … In a deal that was put together earlier this week, Scott Lagasse Jr. came up with an eighth-place finish.

Who had a bad day: Even though he dominated, Erik Jones ultimately had a bad day, finishing 11th. Part of the reason could be how Jones stretched out such lengthy leads over his competitors several times in the race. Had he been able to save fuel, he may not have had to pit with five laps to go, costing him any chance at the win. … Ben Kennedy managed to complete only 57 laps and finished a disappointing 26th.

Notables: Tyler Reddick overcame going to a backup truck after a qualifying crash with teammate Austin Theriault. Reddick was looking for a win and likely would have had it if he hadn’t of run out of fuel with two laps to go. He finished 13th.

Quote of the day: “Man, it just sucks. We had by far the best truck. We were up to an 11-second lead at one point. It’s just so terrible for these guys when we bring that fast of a truck and we can’t bring the win home. … Being eight laps short, I don’t know how the 88 (Crafton) made it. It’s just too bad.” – Erik Jones

What’s next: May 16, 8:30 pm, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Fox Sports 1/Performance Racing Network

Standings: 1 Matt Crafton. 2 Tyler Reddick (-17 points). 3 Erik Jones (-18). 4 Johnny Sauter (-22). 5 Cameron Hayley (-52). 6 John Wes Townley (-53). 7 Timothy Peters (-54). 8 Justin Boston (-61). 9 Ray Black Jr. (-63). 10 Spencer Gallagher (-64).

FINAL RESULTS:

1 Matt Crafton … 167 laps (led 6 laps)

2 Ryan Newman … 167 laps (led 2 laps)

3 Johnny Sauter … 167 laps

4 Timothy Peters … 167 laps

5 Cameron Hayley … 167 laps

6 Daniel Suarez … 167 laps (led 1 lap)

7 Justin Boston … 166 laps

8 Scott Lagasse Jr. … 166 laps

9 Mason Mingus … 166 laps

10 Daniel Hemric … 166 laps

11 Erik Jones … 166 laps (led 151 laps)

12 John Wes Townley … 166 laps

13 Tyler Reddick … 165 laps (led 7 laps)

14 Austin Theriault … 165 laps

15 Tyler Tanner … 165 laps

16 Wendell Chavous … 164 laps

17 Spencer Gallagher … 163 laps

18 Jordan Anderson … 159 laps

19 Jennifer Jo Cobb … 154 laps

20 Ryan Ellis … 154 laps

21 Ray Black Jr. … 109 laps

22 Korbin Forrister … 90 laps

23 Tyler Young … 74 laps

24 Norm Benning … 69 laps

25 Travis Kvapil … 60 laps

26 Ben Kennedy … 57 laps

27 Justin Jennings … 24 laps

28 BJ McLeod … 18 laps

29 Matt Tifft … 18 laps

30 Brandon Jones … 11 laps

31 Michael Affarano … 6 laps

32 Caleb Roark … 5 laps

Average Speed: 139.857 MPH

Time of Race: 1 Hour, 47 Minutes, 28 Seconds

Margin of Victory: 8.339 seconds

Lead Changes: 11 among 5 drivers

Cautions: 4 for 19 laps

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Erik Jones continues fast weekend, takes Truck pole at Kansas

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Erik Jones set a new track record during Camping World Truck Series qualifying to take the pole for Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. Jones’ speed was 179.396 mph, nearly 2 mph faster than second-fastest Matt Crafton (177.509 mph).

“I just wanted to get a lap in and make sure everything was good, so that was a bonus of it,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “I’m excited for the race tonight and think we have a truck good enough to win.

“It’s nice to start out front and hopefully we can stay up there and control the race.”

Brandon Jones was third fastest (177.142 mph), followed by Ryan Newman (176.748) and Ben Kennedy (176.269).

BK Racing teammates Austin Theriault and Tyler Reddick were involved in a wreck during the second round of qualifying.

MORE: Two of Brad Keselowski’s Truck drivers involved in qualifying wreck

Here’s the qualifying results:

1 Erik Jones … 179.396 mph

2 Matt Crafton … 177.509

3 Brandon Jones … 177.142

4 Ryan Newman … 176.748

5 Ben Kennedy … 176.269

6 Daniel Hemric … 176.188

7 Johnny Sauter … 176.108

8 Cameron Hayley … 175.564

9 Justin Boston … 175.330

10 Daniel Suarez … 174.402

11 Scott Lagasse Jr. … 172.452

12 Timothy Peters … 172.035

13 Mason Mingus … 174.390

14 Spencer Gallagher … 173.952

15 John Wes Townley … 173.773

16 Ray Black Jr. … 173.477

17 Tyler Young … 172.408

18 Matt Tifft … 171.750

19 Korbin Forrister … 169.988

20 BJ McLeod … 168.797

21 Jennifer Jo Cobb … 167.017

22 Tyler Reddick … 0.000

23 Austin Theriault … 0.000

24 Wendell Chavous … 0.000

25 Tyler Tanner … 168.524

26 Ryan Ellis … 167.968

27 Jordan Anderson … 167.968

28 Travis Kvapil … 167.598

29 Justin Jennings … 163.414

30 Michael Affarano … 160.538

31 Norm Benning … 158.302

32 Caleb Roark … 150.686

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Cameron Hayley sets pace in lone Truck practice at Kansas

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Rookie Cameron Hayley led the way in Thursday’s abbreviated lone Camping World Truck Series practice session at Kansas Speedway.

Hayley had a field-best speed of 175.798 mph, followed by fellow rookie Daniel Hemric (175.558), Daniel Suarez (175.393) and another rookie, Erik Jones (175.279), with Ryan Newman fifth-fastest (175.006).

There were two sessions originally scheduled, a one-hour practice followed by a 90-minute final practice. However, rain washed out the one-hour session and delayed the second session before the rain stopped and trucks were able to get onto the race track.

Qualifying is Friday, with the Toyota Tundra 250 race later that same evening.

Here’s how Friday’s lone practice session played out:

1 Cameron Haley … 175.798 mph … 30 laps

2 Daniel Hemric … 175.558 … 28 laps

3 Daniel Suarez … 175.393 … 37 laps

4 Erik Jones … 175.279 … 41 laps

5 Ryan Newman … 175.006 … 24 laps

6 Tyler Reddick … 174.667 … 33 laps

7 Austin Theriault … 174.593 … 37 laps

8 Spencer Gallagher … 174.464 … 30 laps

9 Matt Crafton … 174.149 … 41 laps

10 Justin Boston … 173.947 … 40 laps

11 John Wes Townley … 173.801 … 33 laps

12 Johnny Sauter … 173.661 … 41 laps

13 Brandon Jones … 173.561 … 31 laps

14 Mason Mingus … 173.500 … 37 laps

15 Ben Kennedy … 173.366 … 51 laps

16 Tyler Young … 172.057 … 33 laps

17 Timothy Peters … 172.040 … 29 laps

18 Scott Lagasse Jr. … 171.969 … 23 laps

19 Wendell Chavous … 170.946 … 14 laps

20 Ray Black Jr. … 170.929 … 40 laps

21 Matt Tifft … 169.162 … 3 laps

22 Korbin Forrister … 168.319 … 30 laps

23 Tyler Tanner … 167.520 … 43 laps

24 BJ McLeod … 166.971 … 4 laps

25 Ryan Ellis … 166.574 … 8 laps

26 Travis Kvapil … 166.394 … 14 laps

27 Jennifer Jo Cobb … 165.148 … 21 laps

28 Jordan Anderson … 164.284 … 23 laps

29 Caleb Roark … 157.141 … 4 laps

30 Michael Affarano … 155.768 … 1 lap

31 Justin Jennings … 154.754 … 2 laps

32 Norm Benning … 108.851 … 2 laps

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1 Mason Mingus … 171.082 mph

2 Ben Kennedy … 170.239

3 Tyler Tanner … 165.867

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry list for Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action for the first time since March 28 with this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway.

Matt Crafton leads the points entering the fourth race of the season. He holds a two-point advantage on Tyler Reddick.

Kyle Busch, who is not entered, won this race a year ago with Crafton second. Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet in his first truck race since the 2013 Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.

Toyota Tundra 250 Entry List

o-Caleb Roark (Chevrolet/Grimes Irrigation and Construction)

1-Ryan Ellis (Chevrolet/TBA)

02-Tyler Young (Chevrolet/Randco Industries – Young’s Building Systems)

03-Michael Affarano (Chevrolet/Affarano Motorsports)

4-Erik Jones (Toyota/Toyota)

05-John Wes Townley (Chevrolet/Zaxby’s)

6-Norm Benning (Chevrolet/TBA)

07-Ray Black Jr. (Chevrolet/ScubaLife.com)

08-Korbin Forrister (Chevrolet/Tilted Kilt)

8-Ryan Newman (Chevrolet/SWM International – Rescue Ranch)

10- Jennifer Joe Cobb (Chevrolet/Mark One Electric)

11-Ben Kennedy (Toyota/No. 11 Local Motors – SpongeBob SquarePants)

13-Cameron Hayley (Toyota/Cabinets by Hayley – Carolina Nut Co.)

14-Daniel Hemric (Chevrolet/California Clean Power)

15-Mason Mingus (Chevrolet/811 Call Before You Dig)

17-Timothy Peters (Toyota/Red Horse Racing)

19-Tyler Reddick (Ford/BBR Music Group)

23-Spencer Gallagher (Chevrolet/Allegiant Travel)

25-Matt Tifft (Toyota/TBD)

29-Austin Theriault (Ford/Cooper Standard)

31-Scott Lagasse Jr. (Chevrolet/Boy Scouts of America)

33-Brandon Jones (Chevrolet/TBA)

36-Justin Jennings (Chevrolet/Mitler Bros Machine & Tools – Ski Soda)

45-BJ McLeod (Chevrolet/TBA)

50-Travis Kvapil (Chevrolet/Burnie Grill)

51-Daniel Suarez (Toyota/ARRIS)

54-Justin Boston (Toyota/ZLOOP)

63-Tyler Tanner (Toyota/Vitterott College – Ski Soda)

74-Jordan Anderson (Chevrolet/Corpe Consulting – Impact Racing Products)

88-Matt Crafton (Toyota/Slim Jim – Menards)

94-Wendell Chavous (Chevrolet/Testoril & The Glow Zone)

98-Johnny Sauter (Toyota/Smokey Mountain-Curb Records)