Sauter takes Michigan win, assumes points leadAugust 16, 2014 No Comments
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 RoarkCoverage