Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Matt Crafton wins trucks race at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Matt Crafton climbed back into the NASCAR truck series championship hunt Saturday by winning at Martinsville Speedway.

The two-time defending series champion won for the fifth time this season to close in on points leader Erik Jones. With three races left, Jones leads Tyler Reddick by three points and Crafton by 10.

"This feels very, very good," Crafton said. "It's been a trying last two months for us. But we finally got this thing back in Victory Lane."

Jones was involved in a late accident in the Kroger 200 and finished 10th. Reddick was fifth.

"We were in really good position at the end … and I actually hit the curb and cost us a couple more spots," Reddick said.

John Hunter Nemechek was second, followed by Cameron Hayley.

The win was the second at Martinsville for Crafton and 10th in his series career. He credited his ThorSport Racing crew for its work on his Toyota.

"We weren't very good on the short runs," Crafton said. "But I never give up on these guys and they kept fine-tuning it, fine-tuning it."

Formula One: Nico Rosberg earned the pole for the fourth consecutive race, edging Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for today's Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City. Last week Hamilton clinched the championship, his second in a row and third total. … Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was named as the second driver for Haas F1, an American-led team which is scheduled to join the grid in 2016.

NHRA: Antron Brown led Top Fuel with a run of 3.722 seconds, a track record, at 326.95 mph in qualifying for today's Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. Erica Enders set both track records at 6.559 seconds, 210.28 mph to lead Pro Stock, Tommy Johnson Jr. led Funny Car and Jerry Savoie paced Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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