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Johnny Sauter overtakes Matt Crafton late for second Truck win in a row

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Johnny Sauter threw the Camping World Truck Series Chase for a loop when he passed Matt Crafton with two laps to go and won the Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter, who started 16th, caught his former teammate at the start-finish line and passed on the outside.

“This truck was awesome on long runs all night,” Sauter told Fox Sports 1. “In practice I knew I was downplaying my truck, ‘It’s not good, it’s not good.'”

After the caution clock expired for the third time of the night with 23 laps to go, Sauter won the race off pit road with Crafton behind him. But Crafton took the lead on the final restart with 18 to go as Sauter lost two spots.

“The guys in the pits put me into a position to win ultimately there at the end, and I just couldn’t going on the restarts, I was on the splitter too hard,” Sauter said. “We drove right into Turn 1 wide open there on the restart and it took off up the hill and I’m like, ‘Uh oh, this is bad.'”

But Sauter rebounded, passing Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric to get to Crafton.

The win is Sauter’s second in two weeks after winning at Martinsville Speedway, giving him victories in the first two races of the Round of 6.

The victory ensures that two Chase drivers will clinch spots in the championship race based off points. One of them might be Crafton, a two-time champion.

“It’s cool to be able to keep him from winning a race, there’s no doubt about it,” Sauter said. “If anything happens to him a Phoenix, hopefully we don’t have to race him for the championship.

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HOW JOHNNY SAUTER WON: He passed Matt Crafton with two laps to go and wasn’t challenged for the final five miles.

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Spencer Gallagher had the best night of his career, leading a career-high 88 laps from his second career pole … Daniel Hemric led 38 laps for the third time this year and finished third … Matt Crafton earned his first top five in five races … In his first Truck race since last season, Austin Dillon finished eighth.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Spencer Gallagher. He led three times for 88 laps, but lost the lead on all three visits to pit lane, losing six spots on the final stop and finishing seventh … Tommy Joe Martin got into the wall on Lap 31 but managed to get to the pits for repairs. He finished 31st … Matt Tifft was the recipient of the free pass twice and finished 17th, his worst result in eight starts this season.

NOTABLE: All three cautions were because of the caution clock expiring, the first time that has happened.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “This is the most disappointed I’ve ever been. This is stupid to lose this race. We lost it. But, hey, three in a row for GMS (Racing). We’re winning this damn championship. Hell or high water, we bring trucks like this week in and week out, we ain’t losing this.’’ – Spencer Gallagher after leading a career-high 88 laps and finishing seventh following a slow final pit stop.

NEXT: Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway at 10 p.m. ET on Nov. 11 on Fox Sports 1

Kyle Larson fastest in final practice for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.

The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.

Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.

Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.

The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.

Click here for the full practice report.

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed at 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

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Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams were held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race because it failed inspection three times.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes after neither qualified Thuraday because their cars didn’t clear inspection in time.