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Dillon holds off Sauter for Nashville truck win



Lebanon, TN (Sports Network) - Austin Dillon claimed his first Camping World Truck Series win of the season and trimmed Johnny Sauter's lead in the points standings after taking the Lucas Deep Clean 200 on Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway.

Dillon, who started on the pole, grabbed the lead from Sauter with 23 laps remaining and then finished four seconds ahead of Sauter for his third career victory in the series but his first since last September at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (16 races ago).

Timothy Peters had the dominant truck for most of the race with 67 laps led, but during a round of pit stops under caution in the late going, Peters slipped back to third after taking four new tires.

Dillon took just two tires and came out of the pits first, followed by Sauter, who put on four. After the restart, Sauter quickly moved around Dillon and took over the lead just before the third and final caution came when Max Papis' engine expired in turn two. His truck then erupted into flames but managed to escape unharmed.

Dillon made his winning pass on Sauter shortly after the third and final restart of the race.

"This is awesome; Nashville is the place," Dillon said. "[Crew chief] Danny Stockman made the call for two tires there at the end. I get two tires and [Sauter] gets four. He got me on that restart, but I just stayed with it. I just had to go when it was time to go."

Dillon became the fourth driver in a row to start on the pole and win a truck race at Nashville.

With the win, Dillon moved to within 18 points of Sauter.

"We just came up a little short," Sauter said. "I was just loose all night, and [Dillon] got there and got me a little free, and he won the race. It was a good night for us with second place. We'll just try to build on it."

Peters challenged Sauter for second in the closing laps, but came up short in his third-place effort.

"Our last month has been horrible, but we've finally got it turned around," Peters said. "I missed it a little bit there on that last pit stop."

Rookie drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Parker Kligerman finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Todd Bodine, the defending race winner and series champion, took the sixth spot, followed by James Buescher, David Starr, Elliott Sadler and rookie Joey Coulter.

Matt Crafton, last weekend's race winner at Iowa, finished 11th.

07/22 23:03:52 ET


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