Sauter a Strong Second in Iowa Newton, Ia. (July 12, 2010) -- After fighting mid-race radio problems that wouldn't allow him to communicate with his crew, Johnny Sauter fought hard over the final 50 laps to race to a second-place finish ...
Sauter a Strong Second in Iowa
Newton, Ia. (July 12, 2010) -- After fighting mid-race radio problems that wouldn't allow him to communicate with his crew, Johnny Sauter fought hard over the final 50 laps to race to a second-place finish in Sunday's Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. Sauter was just 0.635-seconds behind winner Austin Dillon at the finish.
Sauter qualified fifth but was shuffled to eighth at the start. He methodically worked his way through traffic back to the top five, but dropped to tenth after the first round of pit stops under caution at lap 42. From there, despite the radio issues, Sauter charged towards the front. He was up to fourth by the halfway mark, and on a restart at lap 150 became the only driver to pass Dillon on the track all afternoon to lead four laps before Dillon zipped past the No. 13 Karl Chevrolet/Curb Records Chevrolet to retake the lead.
Sauter had two more chances to race Dillon for the lead as late-race cautions bunched the field, but a minute stumble on the final restart when Dillon broke momentum just before the green flag forced Sauter into a defensive mode.
"After we got by the 3 truck on that restart with 50 to go, he chose the outside lane for the final two restarts," Sauter said. "When we were coming to the green on the green-white-checkered at the end I knew I was going to have to get a good jump to clear him coming off two so I was anticipating the start. He must have rolled off the gas just a little coming to the stripe because I looked over and he wasn't there, and I had to let up and it broke our momentum. I didn't want to beat him to the line because we'd have risked a black flag. Once that happened it was all I could do to hold off (ThorSport Racing teammate Matt) Crafton at the end."
Sauter stays fifth in the Camping World Truck Series championship standings, but closed the gap considerably as the four drivers ahead of him all had problems at Iowa. Sauter is now 201 points behind leader Todd Bodine and just ten points behind third-place Ron Hornaday.
Next up for Sauter and the No. 13 Curb Records Chevrolet is the Camping World 200 at Gateway International Raceway on Friday July 16.