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2-time Truck champion Matt Crafton makes a statement with dominating Trucks win in Atlanta

  • Matt Crafton (88) and Erik Jones (4) battle for position during NASCAR Trucks series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga.  (AP Photo/John  Amis)

    Matt Crafton (88) and Erik Jones (4) battle for position during NASCAR Trucks series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Ryan Black Jr., spins during the NASCAR Camping World Truck series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga.  (AP Photo/Dale Davis)

    Driver Ryan Black Jr., spins during the NASCAR Camping World Truck series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Dale Davis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Erik Jones pits during the NASCAR Trucks series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    Erik Jones pits during the NASCAR Trucks series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Crafton romped to an easy win in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, took over the lead on lap 59 and pulled away from there, setting the pace on the final 72 trips around the 1.54-mile trioval to win by a commanding 8.752 seconds. He was out front for a total of 85 laps in the 130-lap event.

Erik Jones led 37 laps but faded to seventh, the last truck on the lead lap.

Crafton, who started 15th, picked up his sixth career win and first in Atlanta, his favorite track. The 39-year-old was coming off an eighth-place finish in the season opener, where he also filled in for injured Kyle Busch in the Daytona 500.