BROOKLYN, Mich. – Johnny Sauter hadn’t won since October 2013 when he took the green flag for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Careers For Veterans 200 on Saturday at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
Sauter snapped the 15-race losing streak in a big way. He out-dueled Matt Crafton and saved enough fuel to do a post-race burnout in celebration of his first win in 2014. Sauter also took over the points lead after Ryan Blaney finished 21st.
Crafton finished second, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr., Tayler Malsam and Kyle Busch.
Sauter said his 10th career NCWTS victory was also one of the sweetest. Only one caution slowed the event, which was the fastest race in Truck Series history with an average speed of 161.110 mph.
Sauter took new crew chief Jeff Hensley to Victory Lane in what was Hensley’s first race atop the pit box.
“Taking over the points lead is icing on the cake,” Sauter added.
Busch was the dominant driver for the first half of the race, but he lost valuable track position after his truck stalled when it ran out of fuel on pit lane. His Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr. also suffered misfortune.
Wallace led a race-high 48 laps, but also ran dry in the pits and lost time re-firing the truck. Wallace settled for 11th.
Crafton assumed the lead as fuel mileage dictated the run to the finish. Still, Crafton had to pit for fuel with less than five laps to go. Sauter stayed out and held off Crafton in the final two laps to score the win and take a nine-point lead over Crafton in points standings.
German Quiroga finished sixth. Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter and Joe Nemechek rounded out the top 10.