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Crafton wins NASCAR Truck Series championship

  • Drive Matt Crafton watches during practice for the NASCAR Trucks series auto race Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Drive Matt Crafton watches during practice for the NASCAR Trucks series auto race Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • NASCAR Truck series driver Matt Crafton talks to reporters during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Crafton only needs to start Friday's race to win the season title. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    NASCAR Truck series driver Matt Crafton talks to reporters during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Crafton only needs to start Friday's race to win the season title. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Drive Matt Crafton watches during practice for the NASCAR Trucks series auto race Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
  • NASCAR Truck series driver Matt Crafton talks to reporters during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Crafton only needs to start Friday's race to win the season title. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Partial celebration

Matt Crafton’s season finale was far from a stress-free drive.

Crafton won the NASCAR Truck Series championship even before the green flag dropped last night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With a nearly insurmountable 46-point lead over Ty Dillon, all Crafton needed to do was start the 200-mile finale to secure his first series championship in 13 seasons.

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the race, his fifth victory of the season in the Truck Series. And with Crafton crossing the finish line 21st, Busch earned himself the owners’ championship.

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