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Race results, point standings for Truck Series

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Johnny Suater won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway for his 18th career win.

Sauter led 39 laps and beat Justin Haley, Joe Nemechek, Ben Rhodes and Scott Lagasse Jr.

The race was slowed by seven caution for 35 laps and a red flag period that lasted 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

Click here for the race results.

After his race victory and Stage 2 win, Sauter leaves Daytona with the points lead.

He has a 19-point lead over Justin Haley.

The top five is Grant Enfinger (-22), Dalton Sargeant (-22) and Joe Nemechek (-25).

Click here for the points standings.

Johnny Sauter wins Truck Series opener for third Daytona victory

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Johnny Sauter survived a wreckfest and led the final nine laps to win the Camping World Truck Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

The GMS Racing driver edged teammate Justin Haley and Joe Nemechek as a two-truck crash broke out in the tri-oval.

The victory is Sauter’s third at Daytona and his second in three years.

The top five was completed by Ben Rhodes and Scott Lagasse Jr.

The victory comes just weeks after the wife of Sauter’s crew chief, Joe Shear, Jr., passed away on Dec. 28.

“This is big, this is for Joe, obviously losing Chandra about a month-and-a-half ago,” Sauter told Fox Sports 1. “Couldn’t be more proud of him to overcome something like that.”

Shear told FS1: “This is very, very special here. … She’s looking above us and was in love with racing as much as I was. This is good. She was looking over us and helped us to this win.”

Sauter led 39 of the race’s 100 laps. He took the lead when he dove beneath David Gilliland in Turn 3 with nine to go.

“This is the most unbelievable speedway truck I’ve ever driven,” Sauter said. “My teammates tonight, I felt like we executed flawlessly. At the end there I wasn’t quite sure. I was looking in the mirror and I thought I saw them coming three-wide.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: David Gilliland

STAGE 2 WINNER: Johnny Sauter

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Justin Haley finished second in his first start on a restrictor-plate track … Joe Nemechek earned his best Truck Series finish since placing fifth in last season’s Daytona race … Pole-sitter David Gilliland led 30 laps but finished 21st after he got turned into the outside wall by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Spencer Davis with seven to go and suffered minor damage … Despite spinning as he came to the checkered flag, Jordan Anderson finished ninth for the first top 10 of his career.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: The caution came out on Lap 56 when Grant Enfinger triggered a multi-car wreck when he got loose exiting Turn 4. That caused a chain reaction that collected Jennifer Jo Cobb, Cody Coughlin, Parker Kligerman, Noah Gragson and Dalton Sargeant. Cobb hit the inside wall on the driver’s side but was able to walk away. Enfinger went on to finish sixth … Gragson and Bo Le Mastus were involved in a wreck four laps after the ensuing restart while exiting Turn 4. Gragson finished 23rd, Le Mastus placed 30th in his Truck Series debut. … A caution was issued on Lap 74 when John Hunter Nemechek lost his right-rear tire to body damage. The ensuing crash collected Brett Moffitt, Myatt Snider and Stewart Friesen, Spencer Davis and Austin HillClay Greenfield got loose in Turn 4 with just under 20 to go and collected Matt Crafton, Bryan Dauzat, Korbin Forrister and Hill. The accident resulted in a four minute and 20 second red flag period.

NOTABLE: Sauter’s win is the third in a row for GMS Racing at Daytona. Kaz Grala claimed the victory last season. Sauter started the streak.

FAILED INSPECTION: NASCAR announced that the No. 41 truck of Ben Rhodes failed inspection after the race. The truck was found to be too low. It likely would be an L1 penalty and that carries a points deduction of 10-40 points, a suspension of one to two races for the crew chief and a fine of $5,000 to $20,000. Also the finish does not count toward playoff eligibility (if a tiebreaker is needed).

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “That was badass out there. Probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a truck.,” Justin Haley said.

WHAT’S NEXT: Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 24 on Fox Sports 1.

David Gilliland wins pole for Truck Series opener at Daytona

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David Gilliland will start from the pole in tonight’s Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1).

Gilliland, who is driving the No. 4 truck owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports, claimed the pole with a speed of 183.610 mph.

Gilliland is in the truck as a result of his son, Todd, being too young to compete on restrictor-plate tracks.

“We all know with speedway racing you need to be there at the end,” Gilliland told Fox Sports 1. “It’s so fun to drive something like this. It’s been since 2007 when I came down here with Robert Yates that I’ve driven something this fast.”

Gilliland has three Cup Series poles, all of them at restrictor-plate tracks. He won the pole for the 2007 Daytona 500. His last Truck Series start was in 2015.

Johnny Sauter, the winner of the 2016 Daytona race, will start second.

The top five is completed by Clay Greenfield, Dalton Sargeant and Noah Gragson.

The father-son combo of Joe and John Hunter Nemechek will start 13th and 14th.

Ben Rhodes, who was the last to qualify in the first round, will start 24th.

Click here for qualifying results.

Practice results for Truck teams at Daytona

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Daytona Beach, Florida — Johnny Sauter was fastest in the last of three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The 2016 Daytona winner posted a top speed of 182.197 mph.

The GMS Racing driver was followed by Clay Greenfield (182.149), Matt Crafton (181.466), Grant Enfinger (181.262) and Stewart Friesen (181.134).

Cody Ware recorded the most laps in the session with nine.

PRACTICE SESSION 2

Ben Rhodes led the way in the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice with a lap of 192.897 mph.

He was followed by Justin Haley (192.082 mph), Johnny Sauter (191.388), Bryan Dauzat (191.298) and David Gilliland (191.168).

Rhodes and Cody Coughlin each ran 18 laps, most in the session.

PRACTICE SESSION 1

Grant Enfinger posted the fastest lap in the first of three Camping World Truck Series practices Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Enfinger is with ThorSport Racing, which switched from Toyota to Ford in the offseason. Enfinger topped the speed chart with a lap of 192.033 mph. He was followed by Johnny Sauter (191.767 mph), Matt Crafton (191.657), Bryan Dauzat (191.440) and John Hunter Nemechek (190.807).

The only incident came when Brett Moffitt spun on the apron at the beginning of the session. He did not hit anything and returned to the track later in the session.

Spencer Davis ran the most laps at 23 in the session.

Daytona Truck Practice 1 results

Daytona Truck Practice 2 Results

Daytona Trucks Practice 3 results

ThorSport Racing adds Myatt Snider to its Truck Series driver lineup

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ThorSport Racing announced Wednesday it has signed Myatt Snider to drive the No. 13 Liberty Tax Ford F-150 in the 2018 Camping World Truck Series.

“To be a part of a team with a winning pedigree like Duke and Rhonda [Thorson] have built over the years is an absolute blessing,” Snider said in a media release. “After getting to know the organization over the past month, I’m even more excited to get to Daytona, and to join Thorsport in 2018.”

Even though he’s only 23 years old, Snider has a lengthy racing resume. He comes to ThorSport having previously raced in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour, the ARCA Racing Series and part-time previously in the Camping World Truck Series.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native has amassed two wins, 13 top-five, 26 top-10 finishes and three pole positions across those series, including winning his debut race in the ARCA series at Toledo (Ohio) speedway in 2016.

Snider rounds out ThorSport’s four-driver lineup, joining two-time series champion Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Grant Enfinger.

ThorSport recently changed from a long-time affiliation with Toyota to Ford for all four of its trucks.

“I’m really looking forward to working with my new teammates, as there is a lot of knowledge to tap into going into my rookie season,” Snider said. “Switching to a new manufacturer, it seems things have come full-circle, with Ford being a part of some of the biggest highlights in my racing career, including my ARCA win at Toledo.”

ThorSport Racing GM David Pepper said of Snider: “He is an exceptional young man and talented driver. With him, I feel we’ve really rounded out our four-truck lineup and this, to me is the strongest driver lineup we’ve ever had. We’re going to be very competitive this season, starting with Daytona.”

Snider makes his ThorSport debut on February 16 in the Truck Series’ season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.