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Sauter Tops Busch In Camping World Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 2 2011

Johnny Sauter and his ThorSport team celebrate Saturday's victory in Martinsville. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Erik J. Perel)

Johnny Sauter passed Kyle Busch for the lead with less than two laps to go and went on to win the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Busch finished second, just missing getting his first ever victory at Martinsville.

He was passed just as he was about to take the white flag. It was the third win of his truck career.

“Pretty cool,” Sauter said, “we beat Kyle Busch.”

Not cool at all, Busch said.

“We had a shot and we gave it away,” Busch said. “On the last restart we couldn’t turn.”

John Sauter moved to points lead with his victory. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Erik J. Perel)

Finishing third was Ron Hornaday Jr. His team owner/teammate Kevin Harvick was fourth.

“I’ll take a top five here,” Hornaday said.

Timothy Peters finished fifth. Cole Whitt was sixth and Austin Dillon was seventh.

The victory gave Sauter the series points lead over Matt Crafton.

“I told the guys yesterday that we had a fast truck, and this thing could blow people down all day,” Sauter said. “What a race.  I said to Joe (Shear Jr, crew chief) that we were going to race the race track today. Preparation. He said back to me that it was tires, tires, tires. We just had smart pit strategy and some great cautions that helped throughout the race. I’m so proud of the No. 13 guys – fast pits, great execution, we were absolutely dialed in all week here.  We just gelled the whole time.  Teamwork wins these things.”

It was a special win for both team and family, since Sauter’s wife Cortney is at home, due with their second child on Monday morning – a litle girl.

“Now I get to go home and be a dad,” Sauter continued. “I have the easy job, I get to go drive fast and hopefully, like today, win races.  Cortney’s got the tough job, having our daughter. It’s just a special weekend for everybody. I’m really proud to bring a win home for the Safe Auto staff and everyone at Curb Records.  And above all, Duke and Rhonda Thorson.  No one realizes what they go through every week to give us great equipment and invest in this Series and these teams. That Granddaddy (clock, which serves as the winner’s trophy at Martinsville) is ours, guys.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 2 2011
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