Despite the dominance from the Turner Motorsports trucks, who led a combined 96 laps Friday night, it was Johnny Sauter who shocked the field and took home the checkered in the WinStar World Casino 350.
Sauter led twice during Friday night’s race, including the last 11 after using pit strategy to pass then leader Parker Kligerman.
Sauter had finished 20th or worse in eight of this season’s 20 races, but his win atTexas- completing the season sweep of the track in 2012- was welcome relief for what has been a dismal season.
“It’s been a season of peaks and valleys for sure,” Sauter said inVictory Lane. “We just had a lot of back luck this year, quite frankly.”
Polesitter Nelson Piquet, Jr. led a race high 65 laps and finished third, while Kyle Busch finished fourth.
With his 11th place finish, his first finish outside the top ten in a month, James Buescher holds a 15 point lead over Ty Dillon, who finished fifth for the seventh time in 2012.
Timothy Peters remains third in points, 25 back after finishing 10--. Kligerman is just two points behind in fourth, with Joey Coulter rounding out the top five in standings.
Next Friday night the Camping World Truck Series hit the Phoenix International Raceway under the lights for the Lucas Oil 150. Coverage of the next to last race of the 2012 season begins at7:30 PMEastern time on SPEED.
Thanks to NASCAR on SPEED, NASCAR.com and Racing Reference for the information, quotes and statistics used in this piece.