Keeping Pace

Sauter holds off Busch for Daytona Truck Series victory

Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota, performs a burnout to celebrate winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images) (Jared Tilton / Nascar)
Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota, performs a burnout to celebrate winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images) (Jared Tilton / Nascar)

The race’s sixth caution was thrown just after Johnny Sauter took the white flag, allowing him to keep Kyle Busch at bay and hang on for the race win. Sauter’s trip to Gatorade Victory Lane in the No. 98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota marks his seventh career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His previous best finish at Daytona was 17th place.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Johnny Sauter held off Kyle Busch after taking the white flag to earn his first race victory at Daytona International Speedway in the 14th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night at the “World Center of Racing.” Sauter’s win gives Toyota its 100th win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and seventh straight at Daytona.

The race’s sixth caution was thrown just after Sauter took the white flag, allowing him to keep Busch at bay and hang on for the race win. Sauter’s trip to Gatorade Victory Lane in the No. 98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota marks his seventh career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His previous best finish at Daytona was 17th place.

“Aw, man, it’s a lot hard to win a restrictor plate race than you think,” said Sauter. “I’m speechless. We did everything right tonight.

“What a special place to get that (Toyota’s 100th CWTS win) right here at Daytona. It’s awesome,” Sauter said. His father Jim won an ARCA Series race in 1978, the year he was born.

Kyle Busch led the race three different times in the No. 51 Toyota Care Toyota before finishing second. Busch remains winless at Daytona in the Camping World Truck Series despite having won in the ARCA Series, as well as NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.

“Unfortunately, it was only a 99-lap race today, and we couldn’t get the win,” said Busch.

Ron Hornaday Jr. piloted the No. 9 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet to a third-place finish.

Racing action resumes Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at 10:00 AM PT (ESPN, MRN Radio).

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race - NextEra Energy Resources 250
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Friday, February 22, 2013

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.

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.




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