Fresno newspaper celebrates local champs Harvick, Crafton

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Even though they now live in North Carolina, Kevin Harvick and Matt Crafton will always be local boys that made good back in their home state of California.

Sure, any number of columnists and writers touted Harvick’s Sprint Cup championship and Crafton becoming the first back-to-back champ in Camping World Truck Series annals.

But it’s rare that a newspaper actually prints an editorial congratulating their local champs.

Yet that’s what the Fresno (Calif.) Bee did on Tuesday, celebrating the accomplishments of Crafton, who grew up in nearby Tulare, as well as Harvick, who grew up about 100 miles south of Fresno in Bakersfield.

To quote from a couple of excerpts from the editorial:

“Today we salute two 38-year-old race car drivers who were born in the San Joaquin Valley, dreamed of making it big and persevered over numerous obstacles to see their dreams realized.”

And …

“Their achievements are a reminder of what’s possible when you set goals and work hard. Though Harvick and Crafton are hardly youngsters in a sport in which the ability to react in a split second is crucial, we wouldn’t be surprised if they capture more championships in the years ahead.”

Very classy comments, Fresno Bee. Harvick and Crafton made you and Central Caifornia proud, and you made them equally proud with your kind words. Bravo!

To read the full editorial, click here.

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