Johnny Sauter Saves Enough Fuel for 1st Career Dover Victory

It took a while for Johnny Sauter to get his first laps led at the Dover International Speedway, but the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran made his 33 laps led on Friday meaningful. The defending series champion won tonight’s Bar Harbor 200 on the 1-mile track.

Sauter, short pitted, and the 39-year old was a master at saving fuel in the end, beating his GMS Racing teammate Kaz Grala for his first career Dover victory and first of the 2017 season. It was also his 14th of his Trucks career, trying him with Johnny Benson and Kevin Harvick for ninth all-time. 

The win was Sauter’s fourth straight top two finish, as the Wisconsin native entered this weekend with three consecutive runner-up finishes. He came home third at Atlanta prior to that, for five straight top three’s.

Grala, finished 0.270-seconds behind for his second career top five. It was also his second top 10 finish in his last three starts.

Grant Enfinger finished third, while Ben Rhodes was fourth. Rhodes, led a race-high 71 of the 200 laps at the Monster Mile, but he was caught one-lap down before a late race caution made him the lucky dog.

He’d charge from eighth to finish fourth.

Austin Cindric earned his best career Trucks finish rounding out the top five in fifth.

Christopher Bell crashed his No. 4 Toyota on Lap 3 leaving him with a season worst 25th place result. The crash was caused by a cut left-rear tire.

Jesse Little was running second in the closing stages, but he stalled his No. 97 truck on pit lane with 47 laps-to-go. He’d finish 14th as a result.

Then, pole sitter Chase Briscoe took off out of his pit before his crew had his left front tire fully on and it fell off causing the final caution.

Bar Harbor 200 Results:

  1. 21 Sauter
  2. 33 Grala R
  3. 98 Enfinger R
  4. 27 Rhodes
  5. 19 Cindric R
  6. 99 Jones
  7. 92 Smith
  8. 24 Haley
  9. 18 Gragson R -1
  10. 16 Truex -1
  11. 88 Crafton -1
  12. 29 Briscoe R -1
  13. 51 Burton R -2
  14. 97 Little -2
  15. 66 Chastain -3
  16. 13 Coughlin R -3
  17. 44 Mills -4
  18. 50 Ware -10
  19. 49 Chavous OUT
  20. 46 Gilliland R OUT
  21. 75 Kligerman oUT
  22.  8 Nemechek OUT
  23. 45 Bell OUT
  24.  1 Anderson OUT
  25.  4 Bell OUT
  26.  6 Benning OUT
  27. 02 Hill OUT
  28. 52 Friesen OUT
  29. 36 Yeley OUT
  30. 10 Cobb OUT
  31. 83 Peck OUT
  32. 63 Murphy OUT

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