All Matt Crafton has to do is start the season finale at Homestead-Miami and the Camping World Truck Series title is his.
Thirteen years after making his first Camping World Truck Series start for ThorSport Racing, Matt Crafton is poised to finally capture that elusive series championship this Friday.
You can't help but feel sentimental for the driver of the No. 88 Toyota Tundra, whose previous best points finish was second in 2009. However, he has been consistent throughout the course of the 2013 season, with seven top-fives and 19 top-10s to go along with his lone win this season at Kansas.
Crafton hasn't exactly blown up the win column this season, with the win at Kansas being his third career win in a career that started with his debut in 2000 at Fontana, where he finished ninth. Still, Crafton has hung in there through thick and thin, and to finally win a championship in NASCAR is huge for Crafton and the organization he has raced for in all but one season (in 2004, he raced for Kevin Harvick Incorporated).
In three Nationwide Series starts this season, he has two top-fives and three top-10s, so if he were to go to the Nationwide Series, he could post some strong results, maybe even win some races. But it is because of drivers like Crafton that the truck series is such a great division, so let's hope Crafton hangs out there a little longer.