published Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Crafton wins in truck at Martinsville for 1st time

Driver Matt Crafton (88) does a burnout as his crew celebrates his winning a NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 30, 2014.
Driver Matt Crafton (88) does a burnout as his crew celebrates his winning a NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 30, 2014.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Matt Crafton grabbed the lead for the first time late and held on to win the rain-delayed Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, his fourth career victory and first on the half-mile paper clip.

Crafton, the defending series champion, passed local favorite Timothy Peters on the inside of the fourth turn to grab the top spot, then survived two two-lap sprints to the finish in the race postponed Saturday because of rain.

Darrell Wallace, who won here last fall, finished second, followed by Ben Kennedy, Johnny Sauter and Ryan Blaney.

Crafton became the 23rd driver to win in 31 truck races at Martinsville.

The race was just the second of the season in the series, following the opener at Daytona on Feb. 17.

The 22-race schedule resumes May 9 in Kansas.

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