Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Matt Crafton takes long-awaited NASCAR truck victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. — Matt Crafton had long considered the menacing Miles The Monster trophy the coolest in the series.

He finally has one of his own.

Snapping a winless streak at Dover International Speedway that stretched 15 years, Crafton held off Daniel Suarez down the stretch on Friday, racing to a NASCAR truck series victory.

Crafton was 0 for 15 at Dover.

"I always wanted Miles," he said. "We've gotten close. We've had very fast trucks. But our Toyota was very, very good today."

The two-time season champion had been unable to turn 75 career laps led into a victory in his previous starts on the mile concrete track. But Friday, Crafton led 78 of the 200 laps in the Jacob Companies 200.

Stewart crashes in bad spot: Tony Stewart's Chevrolet slammed the car into an unprotected wall on the frontstretch in Sprint Cup practice at Dover. "That hurt," he told his team over the radio.

His car struck an exposed wall just days after Dover officials touted its addition of energy-absorbing SAFER barriers.

"There's really no excuse not to have it," Kevin Harvick said.

Just four minutes into practice, Danica Patrick's No. 10 Stewart-Haas car dumped oil and spun and the rear of her Chevrolet burst into flames. Teammate/team co-owner Stewart was behind her and his No. 14 spun and smacked the wall. Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism; he had the fastest practice speed and qualifying was rained out. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start second, followed by Kyle Busch.

IndyCar: Points leader Simon Pagenaud earned the pole for today's Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course configuration. Also, the series announced a Sept. 4 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International to replace a canceled street race in Boston.

NHRA: Doug Kalitta led in Top Fuel after two qualifying runs at the Southern Nationals in Atlanta. Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led.

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