|credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs|
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:
|Fin||Truck #||Driver||Sponsor / Owner|
|1||21||Johnny Sauter||Allegiant Travel (Maury Gallagher)|
|2||88||Matt Crafton||Damp Rid / Menards (Duke Thorson)|
|3||19||Daniel Hemric||Blue Gate Bank (Brad Keselowski)|
|4||29||Tyler Reddick||Cooper Standard (Brad Keselowski)|
|5||51||Daniel Suarez||Arris (Kyle Busch)|
|6||9||William Byron||Liberty University (Kyle Busch)|
|7||23||Spencer Gallagher||Allegiant Travel (Maury Gallagher)|
|8||71||Austin Dillon||Russell by HTPG (Carlos Contreras)|
|9||0||Cole Custer||Haas Automation (JR Motorsports)|
|10||13||Cameron Hayley||Ride TV / Cabinets by Hayley (Duke Thorson)|
|11||4||Christopher Bell||JBL.com (Kyle Busch)|
|12||98||Rico Abreu||Safelite Auto Glass / Curb Records (Mike Curb)|
|13||33||Ben Kennedy||Jacob Companies (Maury Gallagher)|
|14||17||Timothy Peters||Red Horse Racing (Tom DeLoach)|
|15||41||Ben Rhodes||Alpha Energy Solutions (Duke Thorson)|
|16||24||Shane Lee||LeeBoy (Maury Gallagher)|
|17||11||Matt Tifft||Waste Connections / BrainGear (Tom DeLoach)|
|18||8||John Hunter Nemechek||Death Wish Coffee (Joe Nemechek)|
|19||20||Austin Hill||Lawless Jerky / Alien Gear Holsters (Bryan Hill)|
|20||97||Jesse Little||Carolina Nut Co. (Jesse Little)|
|21||81||Ryan Truex||Kobe Toyopet (Shigeaki Hattori)|
|22||22||Austin Wayne Self||AM Technical Solutions (Tim Self)|
|23||45||Casey Smith||Niece Equipment (Al Niece)|
|24||49||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports (Jay Robinson)|
|25||66||Jordan Anderson||Columbia SC, Famously Hot (Jeff Bolen)|
|26||2||Tyler Young||Randco / Young's Building Systems (Randy Young)|
|27||50||Travis Kvapil||Willbros (Mark Beaver)|
|28||5||Cody Coughlin||Zaxby's / JEGS (Tony Townley)|
|29||7||Matt Mills||Thompson Electric (Bobby Dotter)|
|30||1||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Grimes Irrigation & Construction (Mark Beaver)|
|31||44||Tommy Joe Martins||Diamond Gusset Jeans / RPM Trailers (Craig Martins)|
|32||63||Norm Benning||Mike Mittler|