Sauter Takes Second in Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. (September 26, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter and the ThorSport Racing team worked hard to repeat their 2009 victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, making adjustments throughout the day to make the No.
Sauter Takes Second in Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev. (September 26, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter and the ThorSport Racing team worked hard to repeat their 2009 victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, making adjustments throughout the day to make the No. 13 FarmPaint.com-The Stratosphere/Curb Records Chevrolet a race winning truck, but they fell one position short at the finish, crossing the finish line second behind race winner Austin Dillon. In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Las Vegas, Sauter now has an impressive 1.5 average finishing position.
Sauter's runner-up finish at Las Vegas is the fourth time in 2010 he has finished second, and it is also the second time this year he's come home just behind Dillon at the finish. It marks the eighth top-five finish for Sauter in the last eleven series races.
"Joe Shear and the guys worked hard on this thing all day long and all through the race to get us where we could at least try to run with Dillon at the end," Sauter said. "We made up a lot of ground on the restarts tonight so I was hoping for another caution at the end to close us up and give us another shot but we didn't get one. I don't know if we could have gotten him but we sure would have tried."
Sauter was forced to race through some heavy traffic to get to the front over the final 50 laps. He restarted deep in the field on lap 100, but quickly raced from 13th to inside the top five in less than 15 laps. But on at least one occasion, he got pushed out of the groove and nearly brushed the wall but was able to maintain control.
"It was crazy on those restarts," Sauter said. "There is always a lot of sand on the track here and if you get up out of the groove sometimes it just sucks you up into the wall. We got up out of the groove and almost got up into the fence. It's tough to run three wide here but we made it work."
Although he was pleased with his team's effort and their finish, Sauter is not one to enjoy finishing second.
"I hate finishing second," Sauter said. "We're here to win, and to be that close and not get it done is frustrating. We'd have liked to win back-to-back races out here. We just missed out on it but we have some really good tracks coming up still. We had a chance to win at Martinsville this season and we've run good at Texas and Phoenix too. It's tough to win these races but we haven't given up. We think we can get at least one more before the season is over."
Sauter stays third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings but chopped 15 points of second-place Aric Almirola's advantage. He now sits 38 points out of second with five races remaining in the 2010 season. He has an 88-point advantage over fourth-place Dillon heading into the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 23.