Sauter Gets Michigan Win
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on August 16, 2014 | 2:15 P.M. EST
It was the 10th career series win for the ThorSport Racing driver and he did it with the help of veteran crew chief Jeff Hensley, who recently joined the team. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
BROOKLYN. Mich. - Johnny Sauter scored his first career Michigan International Speedway win when he took the victory in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200.
Sauter used a fast truck and fuel strategy to pick up win number one of the season and took over the series point lead in the process.
It was the 10th career series win for the ThorSport Racing driver and he did it with the help of veteran crew chief Jeff Hensley, who recently joined the team.
“This is just a great, great day,” Sauter said. “I can’t thank the Good Lord and being blessed enough.”
Hensley was thrilled to be able to make an impact with the team in such a short period of time."
“It’s huge, it really is,” Hensley said. “To get this opportunity with ThorSport, it was a dream come true. It was a good career move for me to come up here and work with these guys.
“It’s amazing, to win and leave here with the points lead is a big thing.”
Sauter’s teammate Matt Crafton had inherited the lead late in the race through a series of events that saw trouble befall pre-race favorites Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Darrell Wallace Jr. But he was forced to pit for fuel in the going to give up the top spot, although Crafton did battle back for a second-place finish to give ThorSport a 1-2 performance.
“I thought we were definitely a top-three, top-five team,” Crafton said. “All in all, not a bad day.”
Ron Hornaday, Jr. was third followed by Tayler Malsam and Busch, who survived a day of slapping the wall early and some fuel strategy miscalculations.
German Quiroga, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter and Joe Nemechek completed the first 10 finishers.
Blaney and his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate started from the front row but both experience problems with broken splitters to take them from contending for the win.
So that gave Sauter the lead by nine over Crafton in the standings as the season raced just mast the midway mark of the schedule.
“We’re just now past halfway (in the season),” Sauter said. This is great, this is the momentum we needed to swing it. We’ve had a good year, but not a great year. We’ve been consistent and finally got some speed this weekend.”
Blaney is now third 16 behind followed by Hornaday and Wallace.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action this Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.