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 1:00 ET (ESPN, MRN Radio).
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