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Matt Crafton To Begin NASCAR Truck Series Championship Defense In 2014

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With another NASCAR season ready to begin at Daytona International Speedway, it also marks the start of Matt Crafton‘s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship reign.

Going into the 2014 season, Crafton will start the year defending his championship and also begin his quest for another one. As the 2013 season was one of Crafton’s best seasons to date, he heads into the new year not only as champion, but also with a chance to continue his successes from 2013.

2014 should begin on a good note for Crafton as he had been improving each season from the previous one leading up to his championship season. In 2013, Crafton maintained himself within the top rivers in points. Then when he captured his only win at the SFP 250 in Kansas, he took over the points lead. He also managed to finish each race among the top 10.

Throughout 2013 Crafton captured 19 top 10 and seven top-five finishes along with a win. He averaged a start of 10 and an average finish of 7.9.

As for another shot at the championship, some of Crafton’s competition from the 2013 season will not be returning to the trucks series as they have moved on to other series, such as the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Both James Buescher and Ty Dillon, who were right behind Crafton in the 2013 standings, have moved on.

Going into Daytona for the start of the 2014 season, Crafton will not only be looking to defend his Truck Series title, but also looking to extend his record of the most consecutive starts in the series.

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