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Sauter's mishap helps Hornaday win Texas truck race



Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Ron Hornaday Jr. crossed the finish line in second, but was awarded the win in Friday night's WinStar World Casino 400k Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnny Sauter held the lead for the final restart, but NASCAR black-flagged Sauter after he switch from the outside lane to the inside in an attempt to block second-place Hornaday before they crossed the start/finish line.

Sauter led a race-high 56 laps and appeared to be on the way to his first win at Texas. An incident involving Clay Rogers in the closing laps set up a green-white-checkered finish. It appeared that Sauter spun his tires on the restart, but when he changed lanes, NASCAR immediately penalized him for the violation.

Despite crossing the line in first, Sauter was credited with a 22nd-place finish. His penalty put him at the tail end of the lead lap.

After his cool-down lap, Sauter parked his truck on pit road and then quickly headed to the NASCAR hauler for an explanation of his penalty.

"[Hornaday's] got a lane to race down there," Sauter said. "We both spun the tires. It's just...whatever."

Hornaday claimed his record-extending 48th career win in the series, including three victories at this fast 1.5-mile track.

"I saw [Sauter] slide a little bit and then he just came down and cut in front of me to block a little bit," Hornaday said. "Then when he figured it out, he came back up there."

Hornaday led a total of 18 laps, but dealt with a loose truck for a majority of the 168-lap race.

"[Crew chief] Jeff Hensley and all the guys stuck with me the whole night," he said. "We were just so loose. I tried to save my stuff just in case a green- white-checkered finish came."

Parker Kligerman, a rookie in the series this year, finished second, while David Mayhew, who drove the No.2 truck for Kevin Harvick Inc., took the third spot. Brian Ickler was fourth in the No.18 entry for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Joey Coulter completed the top-five.

Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Sieg, Miguel Paludo, James Buescher, the pole sitter, and Justin Lofton finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

The truck race at Texas featured a record 10 cautions, mostly for accidents, as well as a record 19 lead changes among 11 drivers.

Todd Bodine, who leads all drivers with six truck wins at Texas, was involved in a crash with David Starr shortly before the halfway point. Bodine got loose and bumped into Starr, putting both drivers into the wall.

"I really feel bad for [Starr's team]," Bodine said. "It's not good racing, and that's not what I wanted for sure. Our luck has just been horrible this year."

Bodine, the two-time and defending series champion, finished 31st, as his season woes continued. He is now 13th in points.

On lap 89, Austin Dillon got into the back of Matt Crafton and put him hard into the wall along the frontstretch. Before taking the mandatory ride in the ambulance to the infield care center, Crafton walked on the track and waited for Dillon to circle around during the caution to express his displeasure towards him.

"When you get hooked in the right rear down the straightaway, that's a hard way to go down, especially at Texas," said Crafton, who wound up finishing 29th.

Dillon was involved in an incident with Steve Arpin later in the race. Both drivers made contact and spun around on the infield grass. Dillon ended up with a 26th-place finish.

The race concluded with Travis Kvapil and Johanna Long crashing hard at the finish line. Several other drivers were also involved in the wreck.

06/11 01:24:14 ET


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