Matt Crafton Has The Trucks Championship In Reach

By Christy Valdez
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With 21 races now into the 2013 NASCAR season, only one more race remains before a new champion is crowned in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

After the year began with 2012 champion James Buescher defending his title, the season began to take shape and championship contenders began to emerge. With a wave of new and young talent within the field and new tracks on the schedule, the season turned into record breaking and unforgettable.

Now with Homestead as the only remaining track on the schedule, only one driver has been consistent throughout the entire year and has a chance to become champion. Matt Crafton stood out from the rest and he is on his way to capturing his first Trucks championship.

With the 2013 season as one of his best Trucks seasons to date, Crafton got himself into championship contention from the very start of the season. As the most consistent driver in the trucks series, Crafton accomplished impressive stats all season long.

In the 21 races, Crafton has captured a win in the fourth race of the year at the SPF 250 at Kansas Speedway. He has also captured seven top-five finishes and 19 top-10s. He only missed a finish in the top 10 on two occasions, an 11th place finish at Las Vegas and a 17th place at Martinsville.

Now with a 46-point lead over second place Ty Dillon in the standings, Crafton has the championship in reach. All he would have to do at Homestead to secure the championship would be just to start the race. Regardless of where he finishes after the race, Crafton would become the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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