When he took the green flag to start Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Matt Crafton officially became the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
And all it took was 13 years of trying and a record 316 Truck Series starts. But when his time came, Crafton stepped up in a big way.
The 37-year-old Tulare, Calif. native dominated the Truck Series for virtually the entire season, taking over the points lead in the fourth race at Kansas Speedway, where he won his only race of the year. From there, he never again trailed in points and assembled some truly remarkable statistics.
During the course of the 22-race Truck Series season, Crafton completed every single lap, the only Truck Series driver to ever do so. All told, he amassed seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Crafton's worst finish was 21st when he got wrecked Friday night at Homestead.
So dominant was Crafton that by the 10th race of the season he already had a lead of more than one full r...