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Sauter grabs second consecutive win at Texas

November 03, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com



Sauter grabs second consecutive win at Texas
Winning average speed of 154.737 mph sets series record for the track

FORT WORTH, Texas -- For a Yankee from Wisconsin, Johnny Sauter is fast developing an affinity for the Lone Star State.

Passing Parker Kligerman with 10 laps left, Sauter won Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 Camping World Truck Series race to claim his second victory of the season. Both of Sauter's wins have come at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter finished 2.199 seconds ahead of Kligerman, who came home second. Nelson Piquet Jr. ran third, followed by Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon, who trimmed six points off series leader James Buescher's advantage with two races left in the season.

Sauter roared past Piquet, the polesitter, on Lap 100 and quickly began to stretch his advantage. The margin reached nearly three seconds, but soon the handling of Sauter's truck began to deteriorate, and Kligerman cut the edge to less than a second before the lead-lap trucks began a round of green-flag pit stops on Lap 113.

Texas

Results
Pos.DriverMake
2.Parker KligermanToyota
3.Nelson Piquet Jr.Chevrolet
4.Kyle BuschToyota
5.Ty DillonChevrolet

Sauter is the third driver to sweep both races at Texas in the same year. Brendan Gaughan and Ron Hornaday Jr. also accomplished the feat, with Gaughan doing it twice.

Sauter's winning average speed of 154.737 mph was a series record for the track.

Quick pit work on a two-tire stop put Kligerman in the lead by more than three seconds over Sauter by the time the pits stops cycled through. Sauter, on four new tires, caught and passed the No. 7 truck on lap 137 of 147.

"I looked up [after the pits stops], and he was pretty far out there, and I was like, 'Oh, boy,'" Sauter said. "At that point they kept telling me my laps times, telling me I was two, three, four tenths faster than him per lap, and I knew that, with as much time as there was left in the race -- 20 or 25 laps -- I didn't think [two tires would] prevail.

"I just knew it was a matter of time. As fast as we reeled him in, I just figured there was plenty of time."

The two-tire call was a spur of the moment decision, but not everyone was immediately on the same page. Kligerman's jack man raised the left side of the car before getting the message that new left-side tires, which had been placed over the pit wall, wouldn't be required. The process of raising the car and dropping the jack cost Kligerman several seconds.

"The whole two-tire stop thing -- I was thinking it," Kligerman said. "I didn't key up the radio. I didn't say anything. Then I came down pit road, and I guess [crew chief] Chad [Kendrick] saw something the 30 [Piquet] did or the 13 [Sauter], and just said, 'Hey, let's take two.'

"But the pit crew... our jack man didn't quite get the message, I guess. It was a spur-of-the-moment audible, as they say in football. He got the jack up, and that probably lost us about four seconds, and it might have been the difference between winning and losing, but we win and lose as a team."

After a restart from the second spot on Lap 70 Buescher reported a vibration in his No. 30 Chevrolet and began to fall back through the field. On Lap 95, Buescher lost the ninth position to Justin Lofton, and with Dillon running fifth at the time, faced the prospect of losing a significant portion of the 21-point series lead he held entering the race.

Notes-n-Nuggets

• Johnny Sauter captured his sixth NCWTS win in his 106th career start.
• Johnny Sauter's last win was at Texas in June (12 starts between).
• Johnny Sauter earned his second victory of the 2012 campaign.
• Johnny Sauter now has two wins in nine career starts at Texas.
• Johnny Sauter became the third driver to sweep both races at Texas in a season; Brendan Gaughan won both in 2002 and 2003 and Ron Hornaday won both races in 2008.
• Johnny Sauter has finished in the top-10 in seven of the last eight Texas races.
• Five of Johnny Sauter's six wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks.
• Johnny Sauter led twice for 28 laps, including the final 11.
• Thorsport Racing earned its ninth NCWTS win, including its second of 2012 and its second all-time at Texas.
• Toyota won for the 11th time at Texas, tying Chevrolet for the most all-time.
• Toyota picked up its eighth victory of 2012.
• Parker Kligerman (second) had his sixth career second-place finish, including four in 2012 and two at Texas; fourth in points, 27 behind the leader.
• Nelson Piquet Jr (third) captured his best Texas finish and fourth top-10 finish in five races there.
• Kyle Busch (fourth) earned his seventh Texas top-five finish in 10 races; finished in the top-five in both starts this season.
• Ty Dillon (fifth) has had top-10 finishes in all three Texas races; gained six points on leader James Buescher, now just 15 points back.
• Timothy Peters (10th) garnered his 14th top 10 this season, still 25 points behind the leader Buescher.
• James Buescher (11th) had only his second finish outside the top 10 in the last 11 races. Saw his 21-point lead drop to 15.
• Brandon McReynolds (18th) made his NCWTS debut.
• Race speed of 154.752 mph, fastest race in series history.

Buescher held on to finish 11th and leaves Texas with a 15-point advantage.