Sauter wins Texas truck race; Buescher keeps lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — James Buescher is still the NASCAR Truck Series points leader, even after getting hit from behind and being the last truck on the lead lap.
While not exactly the kind of finish Buescher was hoping for at his home track, especially after starting second and being near the front of the field the first half of the race, his 11th-place showing Friday night was enough for a 15-point lead over Ty Dillon with two races left this season.
"It could have been worse," Buescher said. "We didn't want to put ourselves in any bad spots but we got put in bad spots and we came out with the lead, so I don't think you can blame that kind of stuff for what happened. We had a bunch of damage and never caught a caution the rest of the night to fix it, and never caught a break."
Johnny Sauter won the fastest race in Truck Series history, regaining the lead with 11 laps to go and earning his second victory in his disappointing season — with both wins coming in Texas.
It was the sixth career victory for Sauter, who became the third driver to sweep both races at the 1½-mile high-banked Texas track in the same season.
Sauter, who finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Parker Kligerman, led twice for 28 laps and won with an average speed of 154.734 mph. There were only two cautions, slowing the race down for only eight laps.
Nelson Piquet Jr., the polesitter who led twice for a race-high 65 laps, finished third. Kyle Busch wound up fourth, overcoming some early electrical problems.
Dillon finished fifth in his Chevrolet. He led only one lap, late when he stayed out during the last cycle of green-flag stops to pick up a bonus point. He moved six points closer to Buescher heading to Phoenix next week.
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