Sauter takes Michigan win, assumes points lead

August 16, 2014 No Comments
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Photo Credit: Motor Racing Network

Brian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

BROOKLYN,MI— For the first time in 2014, Johnny Sauter ended a race in victory lane.

After starting Saturday’s Career For Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway in the fifth-position, Sauter used his fast Toyota and strategy to pick up his first win of the season.

“We just had a great run today,” Sauter said. “We just had a really great truck on long-runs. When I was out front leading…I could do whatever I wanted.

“The last forty-laps of the race I ran wide open.

By picking up the win, Sauter takes over the points lead in the Camping World Truck Series after the previous points leader and pole-sitter for Saturday’s race, Ryan Blaney, finished twenty-first.

“I keep hearing everyone around me ‘championship,championship, championship’”, Sauter said. “I’m doing it one week at a time. If you stay out of trouble, hopefully you have a shot at the championship.”

The early stages of the race were dominated by Darrell Wallace Jr. in the No.54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. After running out of fuel on the final stop and having difficulty restarting his truck, Wallace Jr. finished eleventh, one lap behind the winner Sauter.

A blown engine from the No.05 of Travis Kvapil brought out the one and only caution in the one-hundred-lap event. With an average speed of 161.087 mph, it set a race-record for the Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway.

With a torrid pace being set, the race became a game of who had the best strategy—and more importantly—and fuel milage.

Making his final stop of the race with eight laps to go, Sauter was waiting for the trucks ahead of him to make their finals stops for him to reassume the lead.

Sauter’s ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton, was the driver Sauter was chasing in the final laps. When Crafton was forced to pit for fuel, it became a race to see how short of a stop the No.88 team of Crafton could perform and how fast Sauter could motor around the two-mile Michigan International Speedway.

With less than five laps to go, Sauter took the lead for good and cruised his way to the checkered flag.

Sauter now leads his teammate Crafton by nine-points heading into Wednesday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Career For Veterans 200 Unofficial Results 

1: Johnny Sauter

2: Matt Crafton

3: Ron Hornaday Jr.

4: Tayler Malsam

5: Kyle Busch

6: German Quiroga

7: Timothy Peters

8: Jeb Burton

9: Joey Coulter

10: Joe Nemechek

11: Darrell Wallace Jr.

12: Jason White

13: Spencer Gallagher

14: Tyler Young

15: Bryan Silas

16: Mason Mingus

17: Austin Dillon

18: Joey Logano

19: Ben Kennedy

20: Jennifer Jo Cobb

21: Ryan Blaney

22: Norm Benning

23: Justin Jennings

24: Jimmy Weller

25: TJ Bell

26: Travis Kvapil

27: Todd Peck

28: Adam Edwards

29: Caleb Roark

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