Matt Crafton grabs sixth win of CWTS season, first at Homestead
Crafton won the 200-mile race for his sixth victory of the year and 11th in 361 career starts. The 39-year-old Crafton won the last two series championship, but was essentially eliminated once Jones and fellow teenager Tyler Reddick started the race.
Crafton, Jones and Reddick were the only drivers eligible for the championship in Homestead. But Crafton needed lots of help to make it three in a row.
Jones, meanwhile, needed to finish 15th or better in the finale to wrap up the title. He had little trouble getting it done, spending much of the night running in the top 10.
Reddick finished third in the race and second in the points standings behind Jones, and also said he would look to use this season to build on for the future.
"We knew that we were gonna have to come in here and lead some laps and win the race and, unfortunately, the 8 (of Nemechek) and the 88 (of Crafton) were a little better than us," Reddick said. "But our BBR Music Group F-150 was great tonight and our team’s done a great job all year long."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.