Matt Crafton earns 9th career NASCAR Truck Series win

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Matt Crafton earned his ninth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Thursday at Kentucky Speedway in a race stopped early because of a wreck that damaged the catch fence.

NASCAR called the race with five laps to go after Ben Kennedy’s truck clipped and bent portions of the catch fence in Turn 1. Kennedy’s truck lifted off the ground and slid on top of the SAFER barrier after making contact with the trucks of David Gilliland and John Wes Townley.

Kennedy was not injured in the crash.

Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, had passed Erik Jones for the lead on a restart with six laps to go. Jones finished second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez and Timothy Peters.

Intermittent rain showers earlier in the day canceled practice and qualifying, and the starting lineup was set according to owner points entering the race. That handed the pole position to Crafton.