Solid Night for ThorSport Racing

by Briar Starr On Sat, Mar. 30, 2019

Photo by Kathryn Gaskill for SpeedwayMedia.com.

It was a solid night for most of the ThorSport Racing drivers. The finishing order saw Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, and Matt Crafton all finish in the top five. Ben Rhodes finished 10th.

Sauter started seventh and had a somewhat good truck. He finished ninth in Stage 1 but didn’t finish in the top-10 for Stage 2. He led once for seven laps after taking fuel only after Stage 2 to gain track position. Sauter was even in the close battle after the restart but fell to third. He was too far back to catch the race leaders or even challenge for the win, but it was still a good points night for the No. 13 Tenda Heal Ford, as he finished in third place.

“I don’t know, it was an eventful night to say the least with our Tenda Ford F-150,” Sauter told MRN Radio describing his night. “I couldn’t thank the guys at Thorsport enough for busting their tails. Really a hard-fought third place finish. We battled for track position and then at the end there, we just decided to put four tires on it to forego track position making one last adjustment on it and it kind of came to life.”

“So yeah,” Sauter continued in his post race interview with MRN Radio, “I don’t know if I ever had that kind of night, where you just feel like nothing you could do was right and you end up finishing third. So, we’ll take it and learn from it obviously. Man, what a crazy night. They bailed us out for that one.”

It was Sauter’s second top five of the season.

For Crafton, it was a different story. He started 12th and finished fifth. There were some moments during the race where he found himself battling with Kyle Busch for the win after a great pit stop by his crew. Ultimately, Crafton came home winless and is still looking for the win.

“Second round of being back with Ford,” Crafton told MRN Radio. “Just trying to figure out everything that they want and just balance wise, we were off. We still need to be better on the short run and have better short run speed that we didn’t have tonight. We were able to catch up with Kyle (Busch) for a minute and he would just drive away. We sucked at restarts. But all in all, not a bad day for our Menards Ford F-150 Thorsport crew.”

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