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Crafton confirms No. 88 crew chief will not return for 2021

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

AVONDALE ARIZ. – After 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons featuring 13 wins, 82 Top-5 finishes, 158 Top 10s, 10 poles and 3 NCWTS championships, crew chief Carl “Junior” Joiner will be parting ways from Matt Crafton.

Matt Crafton confirmed in the post-race press conference an announcement during the FS1 broadcast of the Friday Lucas Oil 150 NCWTS championship race at Phoenix Raceway.

“We’ll move forward with a new crew chief,” Crafton stated. “I understand where Junior’s coming from – we’re like brothers.”

Crafton finished 12th in Friday’s race and netted a fourth-place finish in the NCWTS championship.

Crafton’s team faced loose conditions during Friday morning practice and chalked it up to a cool morning. However, the issues arose during the race to where he could not get the throttle down on the corner exit.

“We thought it would tighten up as the night went along but it didn’t,” Crafton said.

No word on who Crafton’s crew chief will be for 2022.


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