Johnny Sauter goes back-to-back with CWTS win at Texas

credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs
By Lisa Janine Cloud

Johnny Sauter led only six laps all night  three of those were the final three laps in the Camping World Truck Series Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sauter earned his Championship 4 berth with his victory last week at Martinsville, but that didn’t keep him from going for the win Friday night.

Streaking past Matt Crafton on Lap 144, Sauter ran wide open, fully cognizant of the fact that a win would make it that much harder for Crafton to advance.

Crafton finished second, and while he can’t have been happy being unable to clinch his spot in the championship battle, he seemed resolute in his post-race interview. The two-time series champion vowed to put it all behind him just go out and race for wins.

Two non-Chase Camping World Truck series regulars, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick, finished third and fourth, respectively, and Xfinity regular Daniel Suarez filled out the top five.

Chase contender William Byron attributed his sixth-place finish to a bad set of tires on the last pit stop.

Polesitter Spencer Gallagher had the best truck all night, but a long pit stop during the final caution cost him the lead, and he came home in seventh position.

The 220.5 mile, 147-lap race lasted just one hour, 29 minutes and 13 seconds, with the only pauses in the action coming when the caution clock expired.

Full unofficial results:

FinTruck #DriverSponsor / Owner
121Johnny SauterAllegiant Travel (Maury Gallagher)
288Matt CraftonDamp Rid / Menards (Duke Thorson)
319Daniel HemricBlue Gate Bank (Brad Keselowski)
429Tyler ReddickCooper Standard (Brad Keselowski)
551Daniel SuarezArris (Kyle Busch)
69William ByronLiberty University (Kyle Busch)
723Spencer GallagherAllegiant Travel (Maury Gallagher)
871Austin DillonRussell by HTPG (Carlos Contreras)
90Cole CusterHaas Automation (JR Motorsports)
1013Cameron HayleyRide TV / Cabinets by Hayley (Duke Thorson)
114Christopher (Kyle Busch)
1298Rico AbreuSafelite Auto Glass / Curb Records (Mike Curb)
1333Ben KennedyJacob Companies (Maury Gallagher)
1417Timothy PetersRed Horse Racing (Tom DeLoach)
1541Ben RhodesAlpha Energy Solutions (Duke Thorson)
1624Shane LeeLeeBoy (Maury Gallagher)
1711Matt TifftWaste Connections / BrainGear (Tom DeLoach)
188John Hunter NemechekDeath Wish Coffee (Joe Nemechek)
1920Austin HillLawless Jerky / Alien Gear Holsters (Bryan Hill)
2097Jesse LittleCarolina Nut Co. (Jesse Little)
2181Ryan TruexKobe Toyopet (Shigeaki Hattori)
2222Austin Wayne SelfAM Technical Solutions (Tim Self)
2345Casey SmithNiece Equipment (Al Niece)
2449Reed SorensonPremium Motorsports (Jay Robinson)
2566Jordan AndersonColumbia SC, Famously Hot (Jeff Bolen)
262Tyler YoungRandco / Young's Building Systems (Randy Young)
2750Travis KvapilWillbros (Mark Beaver)
285Cody CoughlinZaxby's / JEGS (Tony Townley)
297Matt MillsThompson Electric (Bobby Dotter)
301Jennifer Jo CobbGrimes Irrigation & Construction (Mark Beaver)
3144Tommy Joe MartinsDiamond Gusset Jeans / RPM Trailers (Craig Martins)
3263Norm BenningMike Mittler

Johnny Sauter goes back-to-back with CWTS win at Texas Johnny Sauter goes back-to-back with CWTS win at Texas Reviewed by Janine Cloud on Friday, November 04, 2016 Rating: 5