Sauter eyes return to form as Camping World Truck Series races at Texas
The NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series goes back to action and makes its very first Texas drop in Saturday‘s SpeedyCash.com 220 (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), where Johnny Sauter would love to reclaim some of the winning magic he used to sweep the 2012 series stops and to earn trophies in consecutive years from 2016-18.
Historically speaking, the Texas Motor Speedway high banks have been a refined art for competitors. Three drivers — Kyle Busch, Johnny Sauter and Todd Bodine — have earned at least five wins at the track. Bodine leads everyone with six Texas trophies. Brendan Gaughan boasts a record four consecutive wins — sweeping the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Sauter, the driver of the No. 13 ThorSport Toyota, could certainly use a good run Saturday. He sits 11th in the standings entering Texas. Sauter has 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 25 Texas Truck Series starts, however, his last top 10 came in 2019 (third). It‘s been an all-or-nothing type year for Sauter who has four top-10 finishes but also three DNFs. His last top-10 came at Darlington (sixth) three races ago.
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Definitely, those rivals leading the motorist standings, three-race winner John Hunter Nemechek and two-race winner Ben Rhodes, would enjoy to up their video game on the Fort Worth track. Nemechek, who leads the points standings, has 8 top-10 surfaces in the seasons‘ 10 races however has just a single top-10 Truck Series end up in 5 Texas begins. The last time the motorist of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota raced a truck at the track was 2017.
Rhodes, motorist of the No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, has 4 profession top-10 surfaces in 10 Texas begins — a finest of runner-up in 2018. He presently boasts a series-best 9 top-10 surfaces this season, consisting of the last 6 races.
Ruling series champ Sheldon Creed signs up with Sauter and Matt Crafton as the only series regulars to have actually tipped his hat in Texas Triumph Lane — winning from lead last October after leading a controling 131 of the 152 laps. The motorist of the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet would definitely like to recover a few of that magic. He won at Darlington however has a set of surfaces 30th or even worse in the last 4 races.
Hattori Racing Enterprises motorist Austin Hill — in 2015‘s regular-season champ — is another that might utilize a stimulating triumph this weekend. After an unsteady season start, he‘s ended up top-10 in 7 of the last 8 races. His finest work in 3 top-10 surfaces in 9 Texas begins is runner-up last October.
This weekend‘s race will include a set of NASCAR Cup Series regulars among the champion competitors. Chase Elliott (No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet) and Ross Chastain (No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet) are gotten in. Elliott won an Xfinity Series race at the track in 2014.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.