It was a case of déjà vu for Johnny Sauter on Friday night time at Texas Motor Speedway.
Now the defending NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence champion hopes historical past repeats itself two weeks therefore, when he races for his second straight title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
After taking on the lead on Lap 135 of 147 of the JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Reduction, when John Hunter Nemechek ran out of fuel whereas main on the finish of a cycle of green-flag pit stops, Sauter saved fellow Spherical of 6 Playoff driver Austin Cindric behind him and crossed the end line .170 seconds forward of his closest pursuer.
Sauter had handed Cindric for the lead on Lap 109, charging across the exterior of the No. 19 Ford into Flip 1. The drivers ran 1-2 till they pitted on Lap 117 to start out the pit cease cycle. Trying to stretch gas mileage, Nemechek ran out of fuel 12 laps brief and noticed his championship hopes dim significantly.
Sauter gained the Playoff race at Texas for the second 12 months in a row and the fourth time total. Together with his third win of the season, he raised his profession victory whole to 16 within the sequence and assured a run for the title at Homestead.
“It’s unbelievable,” mentioned Sauter, who celebrated the beginning of a daughter, his third baby, earlier within the week. “I used to be truly fairly anxious about our truck after qualifying – it was fairly unfastened. And all we did was decrease the monitor bar a half-round.”
Sequence chief Christopher Bell ran third, adopted by Chase Briscoe and polesitter Justin Haley.
Sauter mentioned after the race he want to assume the season is following the identical course as final 12 months, however he’d favor to remain within the second.
“I’m a realist, and I do know you need to execute,” Sauter mentioned. “Sure, that is wanting quite a bit prefer it did final 12 months, shaping up like it’s. Truthfully, that is our third win this 12 months. I feel we must always have six or seven proper now…
“We’ve obtained to be humble and keep nostril to the grindstone, so to talk. You possibly can’t let your guard down.”
The 19-year-old Cindric felt he ran the most effective race of his profession on a mile-and-a-half monitor, however he couldn’t discover a approach across the 39-year-old Sauter on the finish.
“I feel it was youth versus expertise tonight, and expertise gained, in additional methods than one,” mentioned Cindric, who moved into fourth place within the standings with the lower to 4 Championship four drivers looming subsequent Friday at Phoenix.
“Johnny taught me a number of issues, however he principally taught me whereas he handed me for the race win.”
Bell owns a four-point lead over Sauter within the sequence standings, with two-time champion Matt Crafton 31 factors again in third.
Hassle on a late pit cease dropped Ben Rhodes to 18th on the end and out of the highest 4 within the standings. Nemechek ran 19th and, for sensible functions, should win subsequent Friday at Phoenix to advance to the Championship four race.
Together with his third win of the season, he raised his profession victory whole to 16 within the sequence and assured a run for the title at Homestead.
NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence Race Outcomes JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Reduction
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Value, Texas
Friday, November three, 2017
1. (four) Johnny Sauter (P), Chevrolet, 147.
2. (6) Austin Cindric # (P), Ford, 147.
three. (three) Christopher Bell (P), Toyota, 147.
four. (10) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 147.
5. (1) Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 147.
6. (7) Kaz Grala #, Chevrolet, 147.
7. (19) Grant Enfinger #, Toyota, 147.
eight. (5) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 147.
9. (eight) Matt Crafton (P), Toyota, 147.
10. (2) Noah Gragson #, Toyota, 147.
11. (17) Austin Hill, Ford, 147.
12. (12) Myatt Snider, Toyota, 147.
13. (14) Regan Smith, Ford, 147.
14. (16) Stewart Friesen #, Chevrolet, 147.
15. (18) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 146.
16. (15) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 145.
17. (13) Tyler Younger, Chevrolet, 145.
18. (9) Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, 145.
19. (11) John H. Nemechek (P), Chevrolet, 145.
20. (26) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, 139.
21. (21) Wendell Chavous #, Chevrolet, 138.
22. (28) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 130.
23. (29) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Brakes, 92.
24. (24) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Energy Steering, 70.
25. (30) Ted Minor, Chevrolet, Engine, 41.
26. (23) Patrick Emerling, Chevrolet, Accident, 24.
27. (20) Grey Gaulding(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 23.
28. (27) Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, Electrical, 21.
29. (25) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 18.
30. (31) Mike Senica, Chevrolet, Oil Stress, eight.
31. (22) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Vibration, 7.
32. (32) Tommy Joe Martins(i), Chevrolet, Accident, three.
Common Velocity of Race Winner: 131.38 mph.
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 40 Minutes, 42 Secs. Margin of Victory: zero.170 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 5 for 26 laps.
Lead Adjustments: 11 amongst 10 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Haley # 1-25; C. Bell (P) 26-37; M. Crafton (P) 38-42; M. Snider 43-63; N. Gragson # 64-72; A. Cindric # (P) 73-108; J. Sauter (P) 109-116; C. Briscoe # 117; C. Bell (P) 118-125; G. Enfinger # 126; J. Nemechek (P) 127-134; J. Sauter (P) 135-147.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): A. Cindric # (P) 1 time for 36 laps; J. Haley # 1 time for 25 laps; J. Sauter (P) 2 occasions for 21 laps; M. Snider 1 time for 21 laps; C. Bell (P) 2 occasions for 20 laps; N. Gragson # 1 time for 9 laps; J. Nemechek (P) 1 time for eight laps; M. Crafton (P) 1 time for five laps; G. Enfinger # 1 time for 1 lap; C. Briscoe # 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 High Ten: four,21,19,27,eight,88,51,33,02,18
Stage #2 High Ten: 18,51,four,33,16,27,19,88,21,eight
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