Written by Thomas Harris
Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:02
Johnny Sauter overcame the disappointment of getting turned while leading last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race coming to the white flag with a win in the 2013 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway Friday night.
The sixth caution of the 250-mile race was thrown as Sauter and Kyle Busch headed into turn one on the final lap, denying Busch the chance to make a run and ensuring Sauter his seventh career series victory.
“It’s a lot hard to win a restrictor plate race than you think,” said Sauter. “I’m speechless. We did everything right tonight.”
Busch, who has never won a Truck Series race at Daytona, led the race three times and finished second.
“Unfortunately, it was only a 99-lap race today, and we couldn’t get the win,” said Busch.
Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. finished third, Justin Lofton fourth and Jeb Burton was the highest finishing rookie in fifth.
Ty Dillon led 56 of the first 64 laps before losing the lead in the pits to Todd Bodine. Dillon did not get another shot at the win and finished sixth.
The big one happened early in the race on lap 55 when Brendan Gaughan, pole sitter Brennan Newberry and German Quiroga Jr. got together and collected 10 others for the second caution of the evening.
Johnny Sauter will hold a six point lead over Ron Hornaday Jr. and Justin Lofton until April 6th when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series goes to Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 250.
2013 NextEra Energy Resources 250 Results
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Kyle Busch
3. Ron Hornaday, Jr.
4. Justin Lofton
5. Jeb Burton
6. Ty Dillon
7. Miguel Paludo
8. Ryan Blaney
9. Matt Crafton
12.Darrell Wallace, Jr.
16.Tim George, Jr.
21.John Wes Townley
35.Jennifer Jo Cobb
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