DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Crafton only has to look back 12 months to know his ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was a good deal.
Crafton’s No. 88 Slim Jim / Menards Toyota was a little bent-up, but it easily rolled into its ThorSport Racing transporter. Crafton had plenty of time to stroll over to Daytona’s Victory Lane to congratulate full-time teammate Johnny Sauter on his seventh career victory, in conjunction with their Daytona teammate Todd Bodine, who finished 11th.
But all things considered, a day later Crafton could only heave a small sigh when he thought of Friday night’s true possibilities in a finish that was interrupted a half-lap short of full distance when a four-truck crash going into Turn 1 on the last lap caused a caution flag to freeze the running order.
“I made a good recovery,” Crafton said. “I was 26th on that restart with five laps to go and came back to nin...