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Crafton takes checkers in CWTS at Charlotte

(MRN)  Matt Crafton started in the middle of the pack but ended the day at the front of the field Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, posting his second straight victory of the 2016 season. After starting seventeenth in the thirty-two-truck field, Crafton had his ThorSport Racing Toyota in front for the first time at Lap-80 and led all but eight of the final fifty-five trips around the mile-and-a-half North Carolina oval. The margin of victory over runner-up Kyle Busch was nearly six seconds with Johnny Sauter, Tyler Reddick and rookie Matt Tifft completing the top five. Coupled with his victory ten days ago in Dover, Crafton – a two-time series champion – has climbed to the top of the standings and enjoys a twelve-point advantage over Timothy Peters heading into the next race next month in Fort Worth, Texas. Peters finished seventh in Saturday’s race, which was postponed one day by rain … Rookie William Byron started from the pole and led twenty-five laps before finishing tenth.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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