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Matt Crafton, Menards celebrate 20-year relationship of driver, primary sponsorship

Matt Crafton, Menards celebrate 20-year relationship of driver, primary sponsorship

Matt Crafton and Menards will celebrate their 20-year relationship this season as a driver and primary sponsorship on the truck — the longest active driver and primary sponsorship a NASCAR national series.

Menards and Crafton began working together in 2002 and together they have made 496 consecutive starts posting three championships, 15 wins and 132 top-five finishes.

Crafton has made 22 series starts at Daytona posting two top fives and eight top 10s.

Menards, a Midwest home-improvement store chain, has a long history in racing that includes four championships with ThorSport: one in the ARCA Menards Series with driver Frank Kimmel (2013), and three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver’championships with Crafton (2013, 2014 and 2019).

“We‘ve had an outstanding partnership with ThorSport through the years,” Menards President John Menard said. “The success we‘ve had both off and on the track with Matt Crafton and ThorSport has proven to be legendary.”

Crafton has scored all 15 of his career Truck Series wins and three championships piloting the iconic Menards yellow color. The Tulare, California native, who owns the series‘ record for consecutive starts (521) going into the 2023 season, will drive the No. 88 Menards Ford F-150 for what will be his 24th overall year with ThorSport Racing.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would still get to be doing what I love so many years after my career started,” Crafton said. “I especially could not have imagined being lucky enough to have a sponsor stand by my side through all of it. Between ThorSport and Menards I have truly found a family that I am so grateful to have been a part of. Looking forward to a strong season together.”