Sport Sauter eyes return to form as Camping World Truck Series races at Texas
John Hunter Nemechek nets Camping World Trucks win at Charlotte
John Hunter Nemechek powered to his third victory of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. RELATED: Unofficial results | Charlotte weekend schedule Nemechek’s Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota led 71 of the 134 laps in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. He collected an additional $50,000 bonus […]Nemechek’s Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota led 71 of the 134 laps in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. He collected an additional $50,000 bonus in the final race of the Triple Truck Challenge program, and he marked his ninth career win overall.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action and makes its first Texas stop in Saturday‘s SpeedyCash.com 220 (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), where Johnny Sauter would love to reclaim some of the winning magic he used to sweep the 2012 series stops and to earn trophies in consecutive years from 2016-18.
Historically speaking, the Texas Motor Speedway high banks have been a refined art for competitors. Three drivers — Kyle Busch, Johnny Sauter and Todd Bodine — have earned at least five wins at the track. Bodine leads everyone with six Texas trophies. Brendan Gaughan boasts a record four consecutive wins — sweeping the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Drivers walk away from savage crash in Truck race at Charlotte
The truck of Trey Hutchens III slowed on the frontstretch after a cut tire and was struck by Johnny Sauter's truck.Hutchens’ truck was well off the pace on the frontstretch after cutting a tire late in the race. But the caution did not come out until after Johnny Sauter — in traffic and unaware of Hutchens’ situation — slammed into the back of Hutchens’ truck.
Sauter, the driver of the No. 13 ThorSport Toyota, could certainly use a good run Saturday. He sits 11th in the standings entering Texas. Sauter has 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 25 Texas Truck Series starts, however, his last top 10 came in 2019 (third). It‘s been an all-or-nothing type year for Sauter who has four top-10 finishes but also three DNFs. His last top-10 came at Darlington (sixth) three races ago.
Certainly, those competitors leading the driver standings, three-race winner John Hunter Nemechek and two-race winner Ben Rhodes, would love to up their game on the Fort Worth track. Nemechek, who leads the points standings, has eight top-10 finishes in the seasons‘ 10 races but has only a single top-10 Truck Series finish in five Texas starts. The last time the driver of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota raced a truck at the track was 2017.
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Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, has four career top-10 finishes in 10 Texas starts — a best of runner-up in 2018. He currently boasts a series-best nine top-10 finishes this season, including the last six races.
Reigning series champion Sheldon Creed joins Sauter and Matt Crafton as the only series regulars to have tipped his hat in Texas Victory Lane — winning from pole position last October after leading a dominating 131 of the 152 laps. The driver of the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet would absolutely like to reclaim some of that magic. He won at Darlington but has a pair of finishes 30th or worse in the last four races.
Hattori Racing Enterprises driver Austin Hill — last year‘s regular-season champion — is another that could use an invigorating victory this weekend. After a shaky season start, he‘s finished top-10 in seven of the last eight races. His best work in three top-10 finishes in nine Texas starts is runner-up last October.
This weekend‘s race will feature a pair of NASCAR Cup Series regulars amongst the championship contenders. Chase Elliott (No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet) and Ross Chastain (No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet) are entered. Elliott won an Xfinity Series race at the track in 2014.]]>
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