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Sauter Picks Up 2nd Straight Win In Texas


After Johnny Sauter scored the win in last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, it made him the first driver locked into the championship round at Homestead. After the race Friday night at Texas, it would appear he wants to be the only driver locked in.

Sauter won his second consecutive race and third of the season, taking the Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sauter chased down Matt Crafton after the final restart and took the lead with 3 laps to go. Crafton held on in a side by side finish to edge Daniel Hemric for the runner up position. Tyler Reddick was fourth and Daniel Suarez took the final top five position.

Pole winner Spencer Gallagher had a career run going, leading 88 laps. However, when the field came to pit road for the final time during a caution on lap 127, Gallagher’s crew lost the 23 truck several spots on pit road. Spencer did his best to recover but could only salvage a seventh place finish.

The race was relatively tame, with the only yellows being displayed due to the caution clock expiring on three separate occasions. Only three trucks failed to finish and all of the six remaining chase contenders finished fourteenth or better.

By winning, Sauter ensures that at least two of the other five chase drivers will qualify for the final round of four championship contenders. Heading to Phoenix, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Crafton, Ben Kennedy, and Timothy Peters are all only separated by seventeen points.