Johnny Sauter swept both stages and won Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, advancing to the championship round of the Camping World Truck Series.
It’s Sauter’s sixth victory of the season and the 23rd of his career. He is vying for his second truck championship after winning the 2016 title.
“Just so proud of everybody,” Sauter, who started eighth and led a race-high 148 of 200 laps, told FS1. “It’s a good day to be in a Chevrolet. Pit stops were awesome.
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“We’re going to Homestead to race for a championship. That’s what it’s all about.”
Brett Moffitt finished second, followed by Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes and Kyle Benjamin.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Johnny Sauter
STAGE 2 WINNER: Sauter
WHAT’S NEXT: JAG Metals 350 at 8:30 p.m. ET, Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway on FS1.
Grant Enfinger survived three overtimes to score his second career victory. With this win, he locked himself into the second round of the Truck playoffs.
Playoff contenders swept the top five with Johnny Sauter crossing under the checkers .142 seconds behind Enfinger.
Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.
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Sauter’s second-place finish allowed him to maintain the points lead.
Noah Gragson recovered from a blown tire to finish 18th and salvage enough points to sit second in the points.
Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.
Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen are now seventh and eighth in the standings; six drivers will advance to round two of the Truck playoffs.
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Citing an “unfortunate circumstance” with Sargeant Motorsports, GMS Racing President Mike Beam announced Wednesday that Dalton Sargeant would not drive the team’s No. 25 Chevrolet for the rest of the season and that Spencer Gallagher will take his place “until the issue is resolved.”
Gallagher will take over the No. 25 beginning Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
“Due to a(n) unfortunate circumstance with Sargeant Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant will no longer compete with GMS Racing full-time in the Truck Series for the remainder of the 2018 season. Until the issue is resolved, Spencer (Gallagher) will serve as the fill-in driver of the No. 25 Chevrolet entry beginning this weekend in Canada. We hope a solution can be agreed upon and to see Dalton back racing GMS equipment in the near future.”
The move comes with seven races left in the season and the series beginning its playoff this weekend. Sargeant is not one of the eight playoff drivers.
Sargeant, 20, is in his first full-time season in the Truck Series. He ended the regular season 10th in the standings after earning one top five and four top 10s.
Sargeant released the following statement on Twitter, but did not add any details regarding the “unfortunate circumstance.”
Sunday’s race will be Gallagher’s first Truck start since the 2017 season opener at Daytona.
This is the second significant driver shakeup for GMS Racing this season. The first involved Gallagher in the Xfinity Series when he was placed on indefinite suspension on May 2 for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.
Gallagher was reinstated on July 4 after completing the Road to Recovery program. Gallagher has only made two Xfinity starts since the reinstatement.
His No. 23 Chevrolet has been driven by Johnny Sauter, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, A.J. Allmendinger and Casey Roderick. Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will pilot it Saturday at Road America (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Johnny Sauter passed a faltering John Hunter Nemechek with five laps remaining in Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race to claim his fifth win of the season and first at Bristol.
Stewart Friesen was also able to get around Nemechek to earn his third second-place finish of 2018.
Nemechek held on to finish third after winning both stages of the race.
NBC analyst Parker Kligerman finished fourth with Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.
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Sauter padded his points lead with his victory in the regular season finale.
Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen and Brett Moffitt round out the top five at the end of the regular season.
With the points reset for the playoffs, Sauter will have 2,042 points.
Moffitt will be seeded second with 2,027 points and Gragson (2,022) will be seeded third.
The other drivers in the playoffs are Ben Rhodes (2,014), Friesen (2,012), Enfinger (2,011), Justin Haley (2,009) and Matt Crafton (2,003).
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BROOKLYN, Mich. — John Hunter Nemechek won the pole position for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, turning a lap at 184.044 mph.
It’s the second career pole position on the circuit for Nemechek, who also qualified first at Iowa Speedway in June 2016.
Todd Gilliland qualified second, followed by Noah Gragson, Matt Mills and Stuart Friesen.
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