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Sauter Sweeps; Dillon Trims Points Lead at Texas

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 3 2012

Johnny Sauter passed Parker Kligerman with 10 laps left and went on to win Friday night’s Winstar World Casino 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter, both of whose 2012 victories have come at TMS,  finished 2.199 seconds ahead of second-place Kligerman.

Nelson Piquet Jr. ran third, followed by Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon, who trimmed six points off series leader James Buescher’s advantage with two races left in the season.

Sauter passed Piquet, the polesitter, on lap 100 and quickly began to stretch his advantage. The margin reached nearly three seconds, but soon the handling of Sauter’s truck began to deteriorate, and Kligerman cut the edge to less than a second before the lead-lap trucks began a round of green-flag pit stops on lap 113.

Quick pit work on a two-tire stop put Kligerman in the lead by more than three seconds over Sauter by the time the pits stops cycled through. Sauter, on four new tires caught and passed the No. 7 truck on lap 137 of 147

After restart from the second spot on lap 70 Buescher reported a vibration in his No. 30 Chevrolet and began to fall back through the field. On lap 95, Buescher lost the ninth position to Justin Lofton, and with Dillon running fifth at the time, faced the prospect of losing a significant portion of the 21-point series lead he held entering the race.

Buescher held on to finish 11th and leaves Texas with a 15-point advantage.

RACE RESULTS

1. (13) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 147, $52500.

2. (10) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 147, $40415.

3. (1) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 147, $32860.

4. (3) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 147, $17700.

5. (9) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 147, $18075.

6. (11) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 147, $13350.

7. (5) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 147, $12850.

8. (19) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 147, $12350.

9. (7) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 147, $10000.

10. (14) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 147, $13400.

11. (2) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 147, $12025.

12. (21) Max Gresham #, Chevrolet, 146, $9600.

13. (18) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 146, $11750.

14. (4) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 146, $11650.

15. (12) Cale Gale #, Chevrolet, 146, $12600.

16. (8) John Wes Townley #, Toyota, 146, $11425.

17. (15) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 146, $11325.

18. (17) Brandon McReynolds, Chevrolet, 146, $8975.

19. (20) Jason White, Ford, 146, $11125.

20. (22) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 145, $11650.

21. (27) David Starr, Toyota, 145, $10925.

22. (23) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 145, $10825.

23. (25) Bryan Silas #, Ford, 144, $9475.

24. (6) David Mayhew(i), RAM, 144, $9375.

25. (26) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 142, $8425.

26. (34) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 136, $8175.

27. (36) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, Rear Axle, 69, $8075.

28. (24) German Quiroga, Toyota, Engine, 64, $7975.

29. (35) Russ Dugger, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 37, $7850.

30. (16) Ryan Blaney, RAM, Accident, 31, $8250.

31. (31) Ross Chastain #, Toyota, Suspension, 26, $7675.

32. (33) Stephen Leicht(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 15, $7650.

33. (29) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, Brakes, 9, $7635.

34. (30) Scott Riggs(i), Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 8, $7625.

35. (32) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Vibration, 6, $7615.

36. (28) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Vibration, 3, $7589.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 154.737 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 25 Mins, 30 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.199 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 2 for 8 laps.

Lead Changes: 10 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: N. Piquet Jr. 1-35; J. Buescher 36-66; C. Gale # 67-69; N. Piquet Jr. 70-99; J. Sauter 100-116; M. Crafton 117; T. Dillon # 118; M. Paludo 119; J. White 120; P. Kligerman 121-136; J. Sauter 137-147.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): N. Piquet Jr. 2 times for 65 laps; J. Buescher 1 time for 31 laps; J. Sauter 2 times for 28 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 16 laps; C. Gale # 1 time for 3 laps; M. Crafton 1 time for 1 lap; J. White 1 time for 1 lap; T. Dillon # 1 time for 1 lap; M. Paludo 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: J. Buescher – 750; T. Dillon # – 735; T. Peters – 725; P. Kligerman – 723; J. Coulter – 707; M. Crafton – 703; N. Piquet Jr. – 669; J. Lofton – 640; J. Sauter – 620; M. Paludo – 599.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 3 2012
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