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Matt Crafton has fun at Berlin despite result

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Matt Crafton finished 20th in the Money in the Bank 150 but that was beside the point.

Sure, the two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion would have liked to contend, but this was an off-day excursion away from the full-time job and enjoyed the experience if nothing else. Overall, Crafton expected to be a little better than 20th but admitted there was several things that didn’t go right throughout the day.

“For the first 100 laps, it was okay and I thought we were going to be okay,” Crafton said. “Then the last 50 happened and we were horrendous. We got really tight and I don’t know why. We changed a lot of things on this car. At the end of the day, we came here to just have some fun and we did.”

READ MORE: Brian Campbell outduels Bubba Pollard and Kyle Busch to win MITB 150

Crafton qualified 24th and rode inside of the top-20 for the duration of the race, not getting lapped until 10 to go. The 42-year-old hopes to run a few more template Super Late Model races when his schedule allows but conceded he would need some test time, especially at a place like Berlin where veterans with experience tend to have the most success.

After all, Brian Campbell won over Bubba Pollard and Kyle Busch on Monday night.

“Oh yeah, we’re going to have to test and then test some more,” Crafton said. “It’s so critical to have a lot of laps around here. Kyle came here for a couple of years and now he’s figured it out. All in all, not a bad day.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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