NASCAR Trucks: Matt Crafton stretches fuel, wins at Texas

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Matt Crafton had to stretch his final fuel load across 61 laps, but was able to pick up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win tonight at Texas Motor Speedway.

The defending Truck Series champion led 118 laps, the most he’s ever led in a single race (previous-best: 68 at Mansfield, 2007). But with less than 15 laps to go, his closest pursuers started to head into the pits for a final splash of fuel while Crafton was told to slow down by his ThorSport Racing crew.

Fortunately for Crafton, he had just enough in his tank to make it to the checkered flag. His No. 88 Toyota Tundra finally ran dry during his victory burnouts.

With the late green-flag stops came a reshuffled Top 5 behind Crafton. Pole sitter Justin Lofton wound up finishing second, while former Sprint Cup driver Joe Nemechek earned a third-place result.

Ryan Blaney (led 45 laps) pitted for the final time with nine laps remaining, but charged back up to fourth ahead of fifth-place John Wes Townley.

Crafton also took over the championship lead after Timothy Peters, the leader going into Texas, crashed out early after he ran over the oil left behind by teammate German Quiroga when his engine failed.

With the next race coming up on June 14 at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis, Crafton is ahead of Johnny Sauter (finished seventh).

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.