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Getty Matt Crafton will make history during the 2022 season.

The driver of the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra will make NASCAR history once again during the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Matt Crafton will make his 500th start, making history once again in the process.

The veteran driver finished out the 2021 season with 498 total starts in the Truck Series.

He will hit 500 for his career during the second race of the season, further extending his historic streak. Crafton is the only Truck Series driver to make 400 starts, and he will become the only one to reach 500. Ron Hornaday Jr. is the second driver on the list with 360 career starts in the Truck Series.

Crafton first suited up during the 2000 season and made one start for ThorSport Racing — which ran under the Sealmaster Racing name at the time — a ninth-place run at what is now the Auto Club Speedway. Crafton went full-time in 2001 and has since started every race in his Truck Series career.

Crafton Is Only 10th on the All-Time Wins List

GettyTruck Series drivers race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

While he has the most Truck Series starts by far, Crafton is not at the top of the list in terms of wins. He is actually 10th overall with 15 trips to Victory Lane, a number that he hit during the 2020 season by winning at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle Busch holds the top spot with 61 total wins while Hornaday is second with 51. They are the only two drivers with more than 30 wins in the Truck Series. Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague both have 28 victories while Crafton’s teammate in Johnny Sauter has 24. Todd Bodine (22), Dennis Setzer (18), Greg Biffle (17), and Ted Musgrave (17) are the other drivers ahead of Crafton.

While the driver of the No. 88 is only 10th on the all-time wins list, he is second in a more important category. Crafton has three Truck Series championships to his name (2013, 2014, 2019). He sits in a tie with Sprague while Hornaday tops the list with four Truck Series championships.

Crafton Will Pursue More Wins & Trophies in 2022

The veteran Truck Series driver will strive to add to his list of accomplishments during the 2022 season. He will return to ThorSport Racing and the No. 88 after finishing fourth in points in 2021.

ThorSport Racing confirmed Crafton’s return on November 11. Allison Thorson, the Advisor and Spokesperson for ThorSport Racing, made an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and revealed that both Crafton and reigning champion Ben Rhodes will return to the organization in 2022.

Thorson also confirmed that the championship-winning team will have four trucks during the season, but she did not provide information about the other two drivers. Grant Enfinger has already left the team to join GMS Racing, but Johnny Sauter’s future remains in question.

Similarly, Christian Eckes will remain a focal point until ThorSport Racing provides further updates about the lineup. The part-time driver made 10 starts for the organization in the No. 98 Toyota, and he achieved success on multiple occasions. He posted five top-10 finishes, two top-fives, and he won his first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rhodes, Crafton, and Sauter finished right behind him during the playoff race to cap off a historic night for the organization.

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Chicago Bears getting really smart coach in Matt Eberflus, NFL sources say

The Chicago Bears’ hiring of Matt Eberflus as head coach leaves behind a significant void with the Indianapolis Colts

The Chicago Bears became the second team to make a head coaching hire this offseason, tabbing former Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as Matt Nagy’s successor, a move that leaves a significant void in Indianapolis.

“He’s a really smart coach,” an individual who has worked alongside Eberflus for several years tells FanSided. “The thing that really separates him from other coaches is he’s a really good teacher.”

Eberflus, 51, arrives as a first-time head coach and the first hire of Bears new general manager Ryan Poles. He’ll be tasked with turning around one of the NFL’s crown jewel franchises that has fallen on hard times in recent years, and overseeing the development of quarterback Justin Fields.

Bears must develop Justin Fields

Now that the Bears have settled on Eberflus, who has a strong defensive background, the most important hire Poles and Eberflus will make is Chicago’s next offensive coordinator.

“I’ve heard great things about Matt,” an NFC Personnel Executive tells FanSided. “But, who they hire to work with [Justin] Fields is absolutely paramount now.”

The Bears are coming off a brutal stretch, firing former head coach Matt Nagy following a 6-11 2021 campaign and only finishing above .500 once since 2013.

Those who know Eberflus say that he has the perfect temperament to be part of a rebuild, and maybe even a quick turnaround.

“The thing about Matt is he preaches team defense and getting 11 hats on the ball on every single snap,” the individual says. “He’s going to run really intense practices, but at the end of the day, I think players will buy in because he’s such a good dude.”

 

I am ultimately happy for Coach Flus and the lessons he brings to the game, as well as the correlation to life. He’ll be amazing. Love
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Under Eberflus’ tutelage, the Colts’ defense finished 16th in total defense this season, but held opponents to 21.3 points per game, the ninth-lowest total in the league.

However, Eberflus is going to need to answer for the Colts allowing 318 yards to Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars with a trip to the NFL Playoffs on the line for the Colts in a 26-11 loss in the season finale.

Eberflus arrives in Chicago where a defense loaded with talent at all three levels awaits, with Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith combined for 27.5 sacks last season as Quinn set the franchise record with 18.5.

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