Johnny Sauter wins the WinStart World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. It's Sauter's second win of the 2012 season and the sixth of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. Sauter passed Parker Kligerman for the lead on lap 136. Sauter, who won by 2.199 seconds, was excited about the win.
"It's been a season of peaks and valley's. Had a lot of bad luck this year. Awesome performance, the truck was really good in practice," Sauter said in victory lane.
Sauter was able to pass Kligerman because on the final pit stop, Kligerman and his #7 Toyota team took two tires. Sauter's team decided to take four tires. It was that decision that led Sauter to the victory. It's Kligerman's fourth second place finish of the season.
Nelson Piquet Jr finished third, Kyle Busch finished fourth, fifth was Ty Dillon, sixth was Matt Crafton, and Joey Coulter finished seventh with Todd Bodine finishing eighth, ninth was Aric Almirola and Timothy Peters finished tenth.
The points leader James Buescher had a strong Great Clips Chevrolet early on. He would finish 11th after contact on a restart would damage the right rear of his car. He wasn't able to get a caution to repair the damage after it messed with the handling of his truck. Buescher's truck became tight and he fell back.
The race was slowed twice for eight laps, once was because Ryan Blaney slammed the wall on lap 30 and ended his day. He finished 30th. The other caution fell on lap 67 when German Quiroga blew his engine in a second Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Quiroga finished 28th. The race ran green from lap 67 to lap 147, 80 consecutive laps. It ended on a late race pass from Sauter passing Kligerman. Sauter led twice for 28 laps, but Nelson Piquet Jr led the most laps of the night by leading 65 laps.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has two races left in their season and the point standings look as follows: James Buescher still leads the standings by 15 points over second place Ty Dillon. Timothy Peters is third in the standings 25 points back with Parker Kligerman fourth 27 back. Fifth in the standings is Joey Coulter and he is 43 points back.
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday November 9th.
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