Johnny Sauter of Necedah grabbed another top spot at the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, crossing the line third in the Vankor 350 last weekend.
For Sauter, the result is a fourth straight Top-10 finish in his #13 ThorSport Tenda Ford F-150.
The bad news for the Gander Outdoors racers is it was yet another win for Kyle Busch who has proven he can be dominant in all three of the top NASCAR Divisions. The good news is he is only eligible to race one more event in the Trucks division.
For Sauter, the weekend was another solid showing as he qualified seventh fastest for a fourth row starting spot before falling back a bit to ninth and 12th respectively at the end of the first two stages and saved his best for last, roaring into the podium position and leading seven of the race’s 147 Laps.
In a Thorsport Team press release, Sauter said the position was earned through the efforts of everyone on the team.
“It was an eventful night with our Tenda Ford F-150,” said Sauter. “I can’t thank the guys at ThorSport enough for working their tails off. It was a hard-fought third-place finish. We battled for track position and then at the end we decided to get four tires and forgo track position. I don’t think I’ve ever had that kind of night where you just felt like nothing you were doing was right and ended up finishing third.”
The third place showing helped Sauter collect another 36 points and he now sits fourth overall with 178, just 22 behind Series leader Stewart Friesen.
The Texas event was the fifth on the truck series schedule and the drivers will get a month off before returning to tackle the ‘Monster Mile’ at Dover Downs International Speedway in Delaware for the Jegs 200 on May 3.