NASCAR Trucks: Crafton still controls title race, but Bubba looming larger

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The Camping World Truck Series championship has become a three-horse race with three races to go.

Darrell Wallace Jr.’s big win today in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway has pulled him closer to the top of the standings.

The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver is now just 22 points behind defending series champion Matt Crafton and a mere four points behind Ryan Blaney for second.

It appeared for a while that Wallace would become Crafton’s closest pursuer in the standings by the end of the day.

After being one of the early race leaders, Blaney fell back and then dropped even farther into the field after he spun out in an incident with 64 laps to go.

At the time the red flag came out for John Wes Townley and Brandon Jones’ crash with 51 laps to go, Blaney was in 25th place.

But in a stellar drive, he moved up through the field and cracked the Top 5 again on the final lap. With a fifth-place finish, Blaney sits 18 points behind Crafton going into next weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Crafton also had an eventful afternoon, dodging several incidents in order to stay with the leaders – including the same one that had Blaney and others such as Jeb Burton and John Hunter Nemechek spinning.

Then with 13 laps to go, Crafton had to avoid the wayward German Quiroga after he had spun while fighting Wallace and Johnny Sauter for the lead going into Turn 3.

Crafton was in the Top 5 at that point, and he eventually moved up to third when Timothy Peters pushed Sauter up the track with three laps to go. Peters went by Sauter for second on the inside, and Crafton did the same to get his third-place finishing position.

With that, Crafton extended his points lead by two from the 16-point gap he had going into today.