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Or maybe, despite his disavowal that the track "owed him one," Texas Motor Speedway paid Johnny Sauter back for the one that got away. There was no "God bless America" parting shot from the winner of the WinStar World Casino 400 tonight, only words of praise for his team, his country, and the military, and for his Grandma's chicken and dumplings he ate today while visiting his grandparents in the Dallas area.
Last year in this race Sauter lost a heartbreaker by committing a lane violation when coming to the "green" part of a green-white-checkered finish. "Yeah, I think about that all the time. It's hard not to think about it." Starting in 20th, he and the No. 13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota team worked hard to keep this race from getting away. Sauter avoided the Lap 138 clash between then-leaders Ty Dillon and James Buescher and took the lead on Lap 146.
The victory is Sauter's fifth in his 93 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, and only his second top-10 finish this season.
Sauters's ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton brought the No. 88 Menards/Goof Off Toyota in second, unable to really challenge for the lead on those last laps. Joey Coulter and the RCR/Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevy finished third.
The race's highest finishing rookie, Ty Dillon, explained that while he claimed responsibility for the incident that had him with hometown driver James Buescher, who were looking as if they were on the dirt at Eldora, the incident came about because he was trying to win the race and Buescher was, too. Dillon said Buescher was mad, but "I told him I wasn't just going to move over for him. I came here to win."
Team Onion's quest for a seventh win at TMS came to an end on Lap 32 when the No. 11 ToyotaCare Toyota blew an engine. Todd Bodine told the television crew that "It wasn't anybody's fault, it was a part failure."
Justin Lofton retains the points lead over Timothy Peters by a slim 5 markers, with Ty Dillon, James Buescher, and Parker Kligerman not far behind.
|5||30||Nelson Piquet, Jr.|
|12||9||Ron Hornaday, Jr.|
|27||9||John Wes Townley|
|32||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb|