Johnny Sauter Uses Last Pass to Win Friday’s Striping Technology 350

FORT WORTH, TX – Johnny Sauter had one goal in mind in Friday night’s Striping Technology 350 and that was to win and keep another competitor from automatically advancing to the final round of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase at Homestead in two weeks. After winning last weekend in Martinsville, Sauter didn’t have to worry about points at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend as he automatically was championship eligible.

Well, he backed that up with a second straight victory as Sauter passed Matt Crafton with two laps-to-go en route to his third win of the season and third of his career at Texas.

It was Sauter’s 13th career Trucks victory tying him for 11th all-time with Crafton, Mike Bliss and Joe Ruttman.

Sauter, had his No. 21 Chevrolet in the hunt all night and capitalized in the end when he got by Daniel Hemric for second with three to go. He set his sights on Crafton from there and quickly got by at the start/finish line and never looked back.

He only led six laps tonight but it was enough for him.

Crafton, got by Sauter for the lead with 17 to go and held onto the top spot for the next 15 laps, but like in the race here back in June, he was passed in the end for the win as Crafton had to settle for his second top five in the last six races and now leads Timothy Peters by just one point for the final spot in the Chase standings with one race left in this round.

Daniel Hemric brought his No. 19 Ford home third for his six top three finish in his last nine starts. Hemric, led 38 laps tonight as well.

His Brad Keselowski Racing teammate of Tyler Reddick brought his No. 29 Ford home fourth for his second top five in his last five starts while Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five.

Spencer Gallagher started on the pole tonight and by far had the most dominant truck as he led a race-high 88 of the 147 laps on Friday night, but his crew failed him on all three of his pit stops as he entered pit lane all three times first, but came out without the lead leaving pit lane. It was most costly on the final stop as he lost six spots due to a slow stop. He’d finish seventh.

The series is now heading to Phoenix for the last race of the second round.

Striping Technology 350 Results:

1. 21 Sauter

2. 88 Crafton

3. 19 Hemric

4. 29 Reddick

5. 51 Suarez

6.  9 Byron R

7. 23 Gallagher

8. 71 Dillon

9. 00 Custer R

10. 13 Hayley

11.  4 Bell R

12. 98 Abreu R

13. 33 Kennedy

14. 1 Peters

15. 41 Rhodes R

16. 24 Lee

17. 11 Tifft R

18. 8 Nemechek -1

19. 20 Hill -2

20. 97 Little -2

21. 81 Truex -3

22. Self R -3

23. 45 Smith -3

24. 49 Sorenson -4

25. 66 Anderson -4

26. 02 Young -4

27. 50 Kvapil -5

28. 05 Coughlin R -6

29. 07 Mills -7

30.  1 Cobb -9

31. 44 Martins OUT

32. 63 Benning OUT

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