Spencer Boyd was awarded his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win in Saturday’s Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway after Johnny Sauter was penalized.
Sauter crossed the finish line first, with Boyd in second, and celebrated with a burnout near the start-finish line, but after NASCAR reviewed the finish it was deemed that Sauter went below the double yellow line to block Riley Herbst.
The win came in Boyd’s 23rd career start. His previous best finish was fourth this season at Daytona. It was also the first win for Young Motorsports.
"A guy like me was pretty happy with second to Johnny Sauter and then about 30 seconds later they said, ‘You won,’" Boyd said. "I’m like man second doesn’t feel so good anymore. This is awesome Tyler Young and the whole Young family, started out in the 20 truck this year with 1A Auto on board for most of the year, we ran really good. I knew we had a good speedway truck and I wasn’t driving this two weeks ago. My mom and dad made it out here to see me and they don’t always get to so that’s awesome."
Boyd was able to celebrate in Victory Lane, but had to cut it short because he had to qualify the Rick Ware Racing No. 52 Chevrolet for tomorrow’s Monster Energy Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500.
Sauter, who led 28 laps, was dropped to 14th in the final running order, the last driver on the lead lap.
"I mean it is what it is so it’s whatever, it’s their game," Sauter said. "Dave Marcis told me a long time ago it’s their bat and their ball and they’ll shove the bat up your ass sideways if you ain’t careful. I listen to the veterans and I feel like I’m an old school racer.
"They took the win away what are you going to do."
Todd Gilliland finished second to tie his best career finish and his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Herbst scored his best career finish in third.
"Tony Hirschman (spotter) put me in a good spot," Herbst said. "He gave me a huge run off of (Turn) 4 and I faked Sauter to the high side and he bought it. I went to the bottom and he drove me all the way to the grass. I’m glad NASCAR made the right call there. I’m bummed that he did drive me in the grass because I feel like we could’ve ended up in Victory Lane for sure."
Playoff drivers Brett Moffitt and Stewart Friesen came back from a penalty for locking bumpers on lap 52 to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Friesen also was hit was a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 70. Both drivers got back on the lead lap with the free pass on Lap 83 and Lap 89, respectively, when the caution flag was displayed.
Austin Hill (playoff), Tyler Ankrum (playoff), Matt Crafton (playoff), Sheldon Creed and Grant Enfinger completed the top 10.
Ross Chastain fell to sixth in the playoff standings after he exited the race on Lap 87 following an accident. Chastain was leading the race, but he came down on the No. 2 truck of Creed, which caused a 10-truck accident in Turn 4.
"Poor execution on my part," Chastain said. "Sheldon looked like he had postion there and I turned left trying to keep him on my rear bumper. I made a mistake and we’ll go on to Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead and try to do a better job of executing.
"We had a truck capabale of winning and I let my boys and girls down."