"He's not really known for saving equipment," he said of Sauter.
Crafton, who like Sauter was not a factor for much of the race, said his team deserved the credit for his finish.
"We dropped the green and I was good for about five laps, and then it was just done," he said of his truck, necessitating several stops to pit road for adjustments. "We just made it a practice session."
"We kept making methodical changes and it was there at the end," Crafton said.
The day was especially eventful for Burton, the rookie who said he wept when he won the pole in track record time on Friday, and had the dominant truck for much of the day, leading a race-high 154 laps.
He also engaged in a brief battle for the lead with Ron Hornaday, a four-time champion in the series, and eventually ran into the back of Hornaday, sending the veteran slamming into the wall.
"I ran in a little too hard and got into him. There's not much else to say," Burton said.
He also thought he cost himself a chance by trying to win the race too early, on a restart after Wallace, Harvick and several other contenders had just pitted for tires, dropping well back in the field but sure to surge forward.
"I thought it was 40 to go and it was actually 60 to go," Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Ward Burton and nephew of Jeff Burton said.
It was his seventh start in the series, and second at Martinsville. He was 13th last fall.
"We came a long way in a year's time," Burton said.
Hornaday rallied to finish 10th.
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