Sauter wins at Texas; Chevrolet clinchs 2012 NCWTS Manufacturers’ Championship

[media-credit name=”David Yeazell” align=”alignright” width=”247″][/media-credit]Johnny Sauter won Friday nights NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.  Sauter took over the lead with 11 laps remaining and captured his second win of the season (both at Texas) and the sixth of his career.

“We’ve had the truck to beat I felt last week and just had a lot of bad luck this year quite frankly.  Toyota had a great week down in San Antonio at the Toyota Tundra plant down there.  Say, ‘Hi,’ to all of those people down there.  Just an awesome performance.” Sauter said.

Parker Kligerman only took two tires on his final pit stop and could not hold off Sauter for the lead.  Kligerman finished second.

“I hate finishing second man — so does this truck.  This truck is 001, the one of the first of the new trucks Red Horse built, the new generation.  Every time we’ve run it we either finished fourth or second.  It wants to win so bad, but sadly this is probably its last race.” Kligerman said.

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Polesitter Nelson Piquet Jr. led twice for a race-high 65 laps and finished third.

Chevrolet clinched the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturers’ Championship with Piquet Jr.’s third place finish.  Chevrolet has captured the prestigious title for the eighth time since the 1995 inception of the Series.

Kyle Busch finished fourth and Ty Dilon finished fifth.

Dillon’s fifth place finished moved to within 15 points of the series points lead after current points leader James Buescher finished 11th, after he reported a vibration about midway through the race and contact from Matt Crafton on the restart after the second caution flag.

“It could have been worse.” Buescher said. “I thought we were controlling our own destiny tonight and we got run into on a restart.”

Unofficial Race Results
WinStar World Casino 350, Texas
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/truckseries/race.php?race=20
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 13 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota 47
2 10 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota 43
3 1 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet 43
4 3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
5 9 3 Ty Dillon * Chevrolet 40
6 11 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 39
7 5 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet 37
8 19 11 Todd Bodine Toyota 36
9 7 5 Aric Almirola Ford 0
10 14 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 34
11 2 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 34
12 21 8 Max Gresham * Chevrolet 32
13 18 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 31
14 4 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet 31
15 12 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet 30
16 8 9 John Wes Townley * Toyota 28
17 15 2 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 0
18 17 4 Brandon McReynolds Chevrolet 26
19 20 23 Jason White Ford 26
20 22 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 24
21 27 81 David Starr Toyota 23
22 23 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet 22
23 25 99 Bryan Silas * Ford 21
24 6 119 David Mayhew Ram 0
25 26 7 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 19
26 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 18
27 36 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram 17
28 24 151 German Quiroga Toyota 16
29 35 84 Russ Dugger Chevrolet 15
30 16 29 Ryan Blaney Ram 14
31 31 8 Ross Chastain * Toyota 13
32 33 27 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 0
33 29 25 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 0
34 30 174 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 0
35 32 93 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 9
36 28 38 Chris Jones Chevrolet 8

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