Sauter Hands Hornaday Victory in Texas
Ron Hornaday Jr. won his record 48th career NASCAR Camping World Truck series race this past weekend in Texas, despite crossing the finish line in second.
Johnny Sauter, who finished second in the STP 400 last week at Kansas, led the field to the final green-white-checkered restart, but dropped from the outside lane to the inside in front of Hornaday before crossing the start-finish line, which caused him to be black flagged by NASCAR. The penalty dropped him from first to a 22nd-place finish.
“He actually came down,” said Hornaday “I saw him slide a little and he just kept the momentum coming in front of us to block a little bit and when he came back up he figured it out.”
“We both spun the tires,” said Sauter. “It’s just ... whatever.”
Parker Klingerman finished second, David Mayhew, Brian Ickler and Joey Coulter rounded out the top five.
Austin Dillon led a total of 46 laps at Texas and had a dominate truck, but on lap 90, he and Matt Crafton made contact on the frontstretch damaging the nose of his truck and taking away his chances of pulling off the win.
Rookie Cole Whitt, who was the only Truck series driver to have completed every lap so far this season, lost an engine on lap 111 while running fourth.
Sauter still holds the series points lead, eight points in front of Hornaday, who moved up to second. Whitt dropped to third, 20 points behind Sauter.