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Johnny Sauter wins Truck race at Bristol

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Johnny Sauter passed John Hunter Nemechek with five laps remaining in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway to win his fifth Truck race of the year in the regular season finale. This is Sauter’s first Truck win at Bristol.

Stewart Friesen raced Sauter in the closing laps for what was an apparent bid for second until Nemechek faltered in the closing laps when his engine lost power to an undisclosed mechanical failure.

Friesen followed Sauter around the faltering Nemechek to second. This is the third time this season that Friesen has finished second. He is is still looking for his first Truck win.

Nemechek held on to finish third, but seemed to have the truck to beat until he lost power. Nemechek took the lead from pole sitter Christopher Bell on lap 31 and went on to win Stage 1 and 2 of the race.

Parker Kligerman and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

STAGE 1 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek

STAGE 2 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek

ADVANCING TO THE PLAYOFFS: Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley and Matt Crafton.

HOW JOHNNY SAUTER WON: He took the lead for the first time at the beginning of the final stage when Nemechek pitted, lost it briefly to Gragson on the restart, and regained the top spot on lap 131. Nemechek ran Sauter down in traffic, retaking the lead on lap 177. Battling Friesen hard in the closing lap kept Sauter from losing the second spot and when Nemechek faltered, he was in position to take advantage. 

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Making his Truck debut, Stefan Parsons stayed on the lead lap until lap 95. He lost another lap late in the race and finished 17th to earn a top 20. … Also making his debut, Codie Rohrbaugh finished 16th. … Ross Chastain got his weekend off to a good start with a 12th-place finish in the Truck race. He will also race in the Xfinity Series Friday night and Cup on Sunday.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: After finishing fifth at Daytona in the season opener, Scott Lagasse Jr. spun and crashed on lap 16 in just his second Truck start of the season. … Myatt Snider was fighting to stay on the lead lap and battling for a position with Gragson when the two made contact coming to the end of Stage 2. Snider spun into the inside wall and did major damage.

NOTABLE: Christopher Bell acclimated quickly to the No. 51 truck. He won the pole after taking over for an ailing Harrison Burton and then jumped out to an early lead and paced the field for 31 laps. He faded at the end when his power steering failed.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Uncle Johnny (Sauter) races me hard and that was a couple of bad ass Silverados going at it. … The lap traffic was to our advantage. We could roll when they moved up. … That was probably the most fun I’ve had all year, bumping and grinding. There are no better guys to race with than John Hunter and Johnny.” – Stewart Friesen on Fox.

WHAT’S NEXT: Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Aug. 26 at 2:30 PM on FS1.

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.

Xfinity qualifying at Road America canceled due to weather; Austin Cindric on pole

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NASCAR has canceled qualifying for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America due to the odd situation of there not being enough rain. The starting lineup for the Xfinity Series race will be set by owner points.

That gives Team Penske driver Austin Cindric the pole in his first start in the series. Joe Gibbs Racing’s James Davison will start second.

The field was going to be established by a single 25-minute session with teams using rain tires. The session was set to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET, but NASCAR went into a holding pattern waiting for rain to cover more of the track. It called off qualifying just before 12:30 p.m.

The starting top 10 for the race is Cindric, Davison, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, Justin Marks, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Ben Kennedy, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Brennan Poole.

Coverage of the Johnsonville 180 begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.

Click here for the starting grid.

Entry lists for NASCAR at Michigan, Mid-Ohio (Updated)

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action this weekend, but they will be in neighboring states.

Monster Energy Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams will race at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series takes part in it second road course race of the season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for all three races.

Cup – Pure Michigan 400

There are 39 cars on the entry list for the race. No driver is attached to the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing.

Brett Moffitt will be in BK Racing’s No. 83 Toyota for his second start of the year.

Last year Kyle Larson claimed his first career win in this race after leading the final 10 laps following a late restart.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Mid-Ohio Challenge

There are 42 cars entered into the fifth annual Xfinity race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

No Cup regulars are entered.

Defending race-winner Justin Marks will make his first start of the year in the No. 42 Chevrolet owned by Chip Ganassi Racing.

Regan Smith, the 2015 Mid-Ohio winner, will drive Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota in his first start of the year. James Davison will drive JGR’s No. 20 Toyota.

Sam Hornish Jr. will drive Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford and Scott Lagasse Jr. will pilot Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet.

Sheldon Creed will drive JD Motorsports No. 01 Chevrolet usually piloted by Harrison Rhodes.

Click here for the full entry list.

Truck – LTI Printing 200

There are 30 trucks entered into the race, including Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Toyota.

Joe Nemechek is entered in the No. 87 Chevrolet. It’s the eighth race he has been entered.

The No. 57 truck will be driven by Mike Senica and the No. 99 truck will be driven by Darrell Wallace Jr. in his first series start since 2014.

Last year Brett Moffitt earned his first national NASCAR win with a last-lap pass of teammate Timothy Peters coming to the checkered flag.

Click here for the full entry list.

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