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Johnny Sauter finally conquers Michigan

Johnny Sauter
Johnny Sauter
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Johnny Sauter finally conquered Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Saturday. He claimed his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at the track on in the Careers for Veterans 200 at the track. It was his first top-10 Truck Series finish at MIS.

"To get a victory here is just phenomenal," Sauter said. "It's a huge shot in the arm."

In addition to the win, Sauter also took the championship points lead from Ryan Blaney, who finished 21st. Blaney dropped to third in the standings, as he was also surpassed by Sauter's ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton. Crafton now sits in second, nine points behind Sauter.

"We've got really good races coming up for us," Sauter said as the new points leader.

Crafton also finished second to Sauter in the race, giving ThorSport Racing a one-two finish.
"We had a very fast Menard's Toyota Tundra," Crafton said. "I think if we would've had the lead, we could've won the race. Track position was key."

When most of the race field pitted for splashes of fuel in the final 10 laps, Crafton came off pit road and blended into traffic just behind his teammate.

Ron Hornaday finished third, Tayler Malsam was fourth and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five. Finishing sixth through 10th were German Quiroga, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter and Joe Nemechek.

Brad Keselowski Racing teammates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano started the 100-lap race on the front row, but both wound up suffering from splitter issues. Logano did finish inside the top-20, but just barely, finishing 18th within the 29-truck field.

Darrell Wallace Jr. and Peters stayed out when the only caution of the race came out on lap seven to restart the race in the top-two spots. Wallace wound up leading nearly half the race, running up front for 48 laps.

Wallace gave up the lead for a green-flag pit stop on lap 38 and Peters headed down pit road right behind him. Both drivers wound up a lap down after pitting, but cycled back up to the top-two spots in the running order when everyone else hit pit road just past the halfway point.

Kyle Busch ran out of gas as he headed down pit road on lap 52, and as a result, wound up mired back in the field. Teammate Wallace wound up suffering a similar fate as he ran out of fuel pitting on lap 76.
Running out of gas earlier in the race, Busch recovered to finish in the top-five, while Wallace wound up just outside the top-10 in 11th.

Sauter inherited the lead after Wallace and Peters made their second stops of the race on lap 76. He was then back up front after everyone else pitted for a few seconds for splashes of fuel in the final 10 laps.

With the yellow flag waving only once at the high-speed MIS, Saturday's race set a new series record for the fastest race, ever, in Camping World Truck Series history. Logano also made history early in the race, posting the fastest lap speed in series history.

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