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After an hour and a half rain delay and with 13 laps left to go, second -place finisher Ron Harnaday Jr. tapped the left rear end of Sauter trying to avoid lap traffic causing both trucks to drift sideways on the track. Remarkably, both drivers kept their cars from spinning out of control simultaneously as they both drifted through turn four.
“You can’t tell me that wasn’t exciting for Kansas,” said Hornaday as he walked through the post race press conference. “I don’t know how we did it.”
Directly after the race, Hornaday rushed over to Sauter to congratulate him with a huge smile on his face.
“I have a lot of confidence in our team, our truck, everyone,” said Sauter. “I think all good racers think they can win whether they are 1st or 25th, it’s just a mind set. “
Third-place finisher Todd Bodine was also happy with his truck today. After being a lap down during the race, Bodine battled back for a great finish.
“Penalties kept us from catching Johnny and Ron,” said Bodine.
Rookie Austin Dillon, who’s first time on the track at Kansas Speedway was in practice yesterday, recorded the best finish of his young career, finishing sixth. He raced in front of his grandpa, the legendary Richard Childress.
“I fought hard today,” said Dillon, proving that he could race hand in hand with the big boys in the front of the pack.
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