Sauter Repeats at Texas

Johnny Sauter

Sauter scored his fourth win at Texas in his 19th start. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Johnny Sauter won the Texas Motor Speedway fall NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race for the second consecutive year to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sauter led two times for 21 laps, including the final 13, in the JAG Metals 350 and held off Austin Cindric for his third win of the season and fourth at TMS. Sauter will now look to defend his Truck Series title in two weeks in South Florida.

“I’ve just got to thank everyone at GMS on our ISM Connect Chevrolet,” Sauter said. “Now we look to Homestead to try and win another championship.” 

Cindric's second-place finish best finish was his best on 1.5-mile track. He led 36 laps and now has top-10 finishes in all five playoff races.

“Johnny taught me a few things, but he basically taught me while he passed me for the race win,” said Cindric, who is now fourth in the playoff standings.

Christopher Bell won the first stage and finished third in the race to maintain his lead in the standings.

"It was a good points day, but we don’t want points race," Bell said. "We did a good job points racing and accumulating all those bonus points throughout the regular-season and I feel like we could attack the playoffs and try and win races and we were able to do that in the first round – won Loudon and then we were close to winning the rest of them. So it was a nice points day, but we already have really good points, so we really wanted to win.”

Chase Briscoe and pole winner Justin Haley rounded out the top five.

Kaz Grala, Grant Enfinger, Ryan Truex, playoff driver Matt Crafton and Stage 2 winner Noah Gragson completed the top 10.

Playoff drivers Ben Rhodes and John Hunter Nemechek finished 18th and 19th, respectively. Rhodes had to pit a second time for a loose lug nut on lap 128 and was seventh before the pit cycle. Nemechek tried to stretch his fuel and ran out coming to pit road on lap 135 and then was penalized for speeding on exit.

“ThorSport is giving me some of the fastest Tundras they’ve ever built and everything that we can control we’re doing right," Rhodes said. "The stuff that’s outside of our control seems to be hindering us on speed and tonight we had a couple bad pit stops, we had a loose wheel and a pit gun broke and miscommunication on pit road so we had to come back in so we ended up however many laps down."

The Camping World Truck Series now heads to Phoenix International Raceway.

 

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