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Crafton holds off spirited charge from Coulter to win Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway

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    An official watches as driver Joey Logano (19) pits during the NASCAR trucks auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (The Associated Press)

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    The pit crew works on the truck of Brendan Gaughan during the NASCAR trucks auto race race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (The Associated Press)

Matt Crafton charged to the lead in a crash-filled race at Kansas Speedway, and then held off a late run by Joey Coulter to pick up his third career Truck Series victory Saturday.

Crafton and Coulter were engaged in a spirited game of cat-and-mouse over the final 20 laps, but Crafton held onto his truck-length lead as they crossed the start-finish line, allowing him to celebrate his first win since Iowa in 2011 with a burnout that tore up one of his rear tires.

Coulter chased him across to finish second. Ryan Blaney got around Brendan Gaughan on the final lap to finish third, and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.

There were 11 cautions during the race, and a red flag flew for about 12 minutes after Brennan Newberry and Todd Bodine were involved in a wreck that scattered debris all over the track.

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