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Sauter Holds Off Busch To Win DIS Truck Race

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 23 2013

Johnny Sauter and his team worked their way to victory at Daytona on Friday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

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Johnny Sauter won Friday evening’s season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Kyle Busch ran second, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr., Justin Lofton and Jeb Burton.

Ty Dillon, Miguel Paludo, Ryan Blaney, Matt Crafton and Ryan Sieg completed the top 10.

Sauter collected the seventh victory of his NCWTS career under caution because of a wreck which occurred just after he had taken the white flag.

Sauter’s first victory in the No. 98 Thorsport Tundra was Toyota’s seventh straight win at Daytona.

“It’s a lot harder to win restrictor-plate races than you think,” Sauter said. “I’m so proud of our effort. I’m speechless, event to this point. After last year, coming so close and getting taken out there toward the end of the race… we did everything right tonight.

“This was a different kind of race than I thought it was going to be. I was totally wrong. I thought there were going to be a lot more wrecks than that. I thought we could run three-wide, and we couldn’t do that. We could only run two-wide… with our new number, No. 98, in Victory Lane the first time out — I’m pretty proud of that.”

Unable to make a move on the final lap, Busch was frustrated once again in trying to win for the first time in a truck he owns.

“I was just biding my time most of the day, sitting in the right place, I felt like, got the lead a couple of times, probably didn’t fall back worse than fifth or sixth, did some good bump-drafting with some guys and whatnot,” Busch said. “There at the end, man, I thought I was in the perfect spot, running second there, right behind Johnny.

“I was somehow going to make a move on the last lap, but it was only a 99-lap race today.”

RACE RESULTS

1. (25) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 100, $73310.

2. (6) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 100, $46900.

3. (4) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 100, $33920.

4. (2) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 100, $28285.

5. (7) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 100, $24835.

6. (5) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 100, $18610.

7. (8) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 100, $17610.

8. (11) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 100, $16610.

9. (17) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 100, $15610.

10. (31) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 100, $15885.

11. (26) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 100, $14510.

12. (14) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 100, $12085.

13. (3) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 100, $15235.

14. (16) Ross Chastain, Ford, 100, $14110.

15. (33) Chris Cockrum, Toyota, 100, $14785.

16. (24) Tim George Jr., Ford, 100, $13810.

17. (32) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 100, $13705.

18. (21) John King, Chevrolet, 100, $11335.

19. (13) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 100, $13485.

20. (36) Dusty Davis, Chevrolet, 100, $11760.

21. (28) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 100, $13285.

22. (10) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 100, $13185.

23. (30) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, Accident, 99, $13060.

24. (12) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, Accident, 99, $11685.

25. (20) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 97, $11735.

26. (19) Clay Greenfield, RAM, 95, $10485.

27. (23) Timothy Peters, Toyota, Accident, 92, $10335.

28. (9) Ryan Truex #, Chevrolet, Accident, 91, $10235.

29. (15) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 74, $10135.

30. (29) Jason White(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 61, $10535.

31. (34) David Starr, Toyota, Suspension, 58, $9985.

32. (27) Bryan Silas, Ford, Accident, 54, $9935.

33. (1) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, Accident, 54, $12185.

34. (22) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, Accident, 53, $9830.

35. (35) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Engine, 37, $9780.

36. (18) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, Engine, 25, $9692.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 141.598 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 56 Secs. Margin of Victory: Caution.

Caution Flags: 6 for 20 laps.

Lead Changes: 11 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: 0; J. Lofton 1-6; T. Dillon 7-17; J. Buescher 18; T. Dillon 19-60; J. Sauter 61; T. Dillon 62-64; T. Bodine 65-68; K. Busch(i) 69; T. Bodine 70-73; K. Busch(i) 74-84; J. Sauter 85-100.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): T. Dillon 3 times for 56 laps; J. Sauter 2 times for 17 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 12 laps; T. Bodine 2 times for 8 laps; J. Lofton 1 time for 6 laps; J. Buescher 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: J. Sauter – 47; R. Hornaday Jr. – 41; J. Lofton – 41; T. Dillon – 40; J. Burton # – 39; M. Paludo – 37; R. Blaney # – 36; M. Crafton – 35; R. Sieg – 34; T. Bodine – 34.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 23 2013
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