Sauter Takes NC Education Lottery 200

Johnny Sauter celebrates in Victory Circle at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sauter Scores No. 20 in No. 21
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 18, 2018 – RIS) Johnny Sauter scored his twentieth career victory in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series with a dominating drive in the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevy, beating out Kyle Busch with a margin of victory of 1.340 seconds. 

With qualifying rained out, Sauter started on pole for the night’s race, based on owner points in the series and led a dominating 71 laps for over half of the race distance. The race was Sauter’s third victory in the 2018 season and marked his sixth top-ten finish for the year, extending his points lead over Noah Gragson to 59 points. 

TOYOTA QUOTES

KYLE BUSCHNo. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd - You came through the field twice tonight, what could you do with the truck to make tonight a little bit better? “If my pit crew did not lose me six, seven spots and then have penalties and have to restart at the back every single time. We passed the most trucks, but if you pass the most trucks, it doesn’t matter if you can’t win the thing where you need to be, restart where you need to be. Really pathetic night on pit road. These trucks are terrible in traffic. You can’t pass. Splitter game is horrendous. They want flat splitters and you put flat splitters on these things and they plow.”

BRANDON JONESNo. 46 Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 3rd - Can you walk us through your run? “It was kind of a crazy day with the rain and everything this morning. We had two practices there and obviously got some track time this morning and didn’t think we were a top three truck after that. I knew we were at least a top five there. We were just a little too tight all day long. I know a couple of guys were fighting that, but when the race started - we started 28th with the one-off team with the No. 46 truck not running too much there. Luckily Kyle (Busch) had a win in it last year and got us a provisional in, so that was pretty cool. Started in the back and kind of had to keep our fight all day long and worked our way up to the last segment there. It came down to two of the best in the business that finished 1-2, so it was pretty cool to race the boss man Kyle there at the end a little bit and be able to at least hold on as long as we did there.”

It seems like you’ve been very consistent in Xfinity this year and now a big truck finish today. Do you think things are starting to click for you? “Yeah, absolutely. I think there’s a lot of effort right now going on with myself, especially with our Xfinity program as well. Chris Gabehart, the crew chief on that car. has been doing a really good job of teaching me a lot of things and getting my racing IQ up. We’ve been having a lot of meetings and having a lot of simulator time at TRD, so we’ve been putting 24 hours into it just about every single day this entire year. It’s starting to pay off here little by little. We’re starting to work ourselves into the top five there. I had a couple shots a few weeks ago to really run well. I’ve been running up front in that car. All in all I think things are turning around for us here. I think we’ve got some momentum built up. Looking forward to coming here next week in the ARCA car and in the Xfinity car. I learned a little bit from tonight, that’ll help us for next week.”

BRETT MOFFITT, No. 16 Ibaraki Toyopet Toyota Tundra, Hattori Racing Enterprises
Finishing Position: 4th - Tell us about the final laps of the race because it looked a bit crazy up front. “The Ibaraki Toyopet Toyota Tundra was really good. We kind of got behind on strategy a little bit. We didn’t think they’d be able to make it to the end when they all pitted and unfortunately there was a lot of cautions and that cost us. We were able to bounce back, have a solid day. That’s what we needed after the past couple weeks. Dover and Kansas were rough and it’s good to be back and have a good points day and get a stage win and we’ll move on.”

TODD GILLILAND, No. 4 Pedigree Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 10th  - “That was a huge learning experience, I mean all around from the very first lap. I think I fell back about 10 spots on the first lap. Just a different kind of racing. There’s really no way to prepare for it except to do it. Hopefully we can get a lot more mile and half experience from here on out. Get some consistency built into our team and hopefully just build on it, get stronger as the year goes on and I think we’ll be in contention at the end.”

The Monster Open and All Star races are on tap for Saturday and promise to be another classic duel for the million dollar prize.

Unofficial Race Results for the 16Th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 - Friday, May 18, 2018
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Concord, NC - 1.5 Mile Paved

Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Laps, St1, St2, Playoff Pts, Tms Led, Laps Led, Pts, Status

1) 1, Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet, 134, 3, 5, 5, 5, 71, 54, Running

2) 4, Kyle Busch(i), No. 51 Cessna Toyota, 134, 6, 2, , , , 0, Running

3) 28, Brandon Jones(i), No. 46 Mobil 1 Toyota, 134, , 9, , , , 0, Running

4) 6, Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Ibaraki Toyopet Toyota, 134, 1, 3, 1, 3, 28, 51, Running

5) 7, Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford, 134, , 6, , , , 37, Running

6) 10, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 We Build America Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 31, Running

7) 27, Parker Kligerman, No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet, 134, 7, , , , , 34, Running

8) 2, Noah Gragson, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 134, , 10, , 2, 13, 30, Running

9) 9, John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 8 Fleetwing/D.A.B. Contructors Chevrolet, 134, 5, 1, , 1, 21, 0, Running

10) 3, Todd Gilliland #, No. 4 Pedigree Toyota, 134, 8, 4, , , , 37, Running

11) 8, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Mold Armor/Menards Ford, 134, 9, 7, , , , 32, Running

12) 5, Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford, 134, , , , , , 25, Running

13) 14, Chris Eggleston, No. 54 GlobeSprinkler.com/H2O Fire Protection Toyota, 134, , , , , , 24, Running

14) 11, Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet, 134, 2, 8, , , , 35, Running

15) 13, Myatt Snider #, No. 13 Century Container/Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford, 134, , , , , , 22, Running

16) 24, Jesse Little, No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford, 134, 10, , , , , 22, Running

17) 15, Cody Coughlin, No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 20, Running

18) 17, Austin Hill, No. 02 United Rentals Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 19, Running

19) 12, Dalton Sargeant #, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet, 134, 4, , , , , 25, Running

20) 21, Jordan Anderson, No. 3 Bommarito/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, 134, , , , 1, 1, 17, Running

21) 16, Daniel Hemric(i), No. 20 Overkill Motorsports Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 0, Running

22) 20, Wendell Chavous, No. 49 SobrietyNation.org Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 15, Running

23) 23, Robby Lyons, No. 15 Abaco Construction Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 14, Running

24) 29, Josh Reaume, No. 33 JC Racing Chevrolet, 132, , , , , , 13, Running

25) 22, Bayley Currey, No. 83 Ingersoll Rand Chevrolet, 132, , , , , , 12, Running

26) 26, Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 10 Think Realty Chevrolet, 121, , , , , , 11, Running

27) 19, Austin Self, No. 22 Don't Mess With Texas/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 117, , , , , , 10, Accident

28) 30, Timmy Hill(i), No. 50 Crossbar E-Cigarettes Chevrolet, 100, , , , , , 0, Engine

29) 31, Mike Harmon(i), No. 74 Koolbox/Horizon Transport Chevrolet, 99, , , , , , 0, Running

30) 18, Justin Fontaine #, No. 45 ProMATIC Automation/Superior Essex Chevrolet, 97, , , , , , 7, Accident

31) 25, Norm Benning, No. 6 Zomongo Chevrolet, 55, , , , , , 6, Accident

32) 32, JJ Yeley(i), No. 63 Fr8auctions Chevrolet, 21, , , , , , 0, Transmission

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie
Total Race Length - 134 Laps - 201 Miles
Time of Race:01 Hrs, 47 Mins, 02 Secs.
Average Speed:112.675 MPH
Margin of Victory:1.340 Seconds
Race Comments:Johnny Sauter won the North Carolina Education Lotttery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his 20th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Prior to the start of the race, the following trucks dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 22 (Backup truck). 
Caution Flags:7 for 36 laps: Laps: 22-26 (Debris Turn 4 [33]); 32-37 (Stage 1 Conclusion [13]); 62-67 (Stage 2 Conclusion [33]); 82-85 (No. 45 Incident in Turn 4 [15]); 89-92 (No. 33 Incident Turn 4 [None]); 113-117 (Debris Backstretch [15]); 119-124 (No. 22, 88, 4, 3, 8 Incident Turns 3 and 4 [33]).
Lead Changes:11 among 5 drivers: J. Sauter 1-2; N. Gragson 3; J. Sauter 4-9; N. Gragson 10-21; J. Sauter 22-26; B. Moffitt 27-42; J. Nemechek(i) 43-63; J. Anderson 64; B. Moffitt 65-71; J. Sauter 72-81; B. Moffitt 82-86; J. Sauter 87-134.
Duralast GT Brakes ‘Brake in the Race Award’ - Stage 1:  Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Stage 1
Duralast GT Brakes ‘Brake in the Race Award’ - Stage 2:  John H. Nemechek, No. 8 Stage 2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race:  Ilmor Engines (IE), No. 21 
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Johnny Sauter, No. 21 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  Todd Gilliland, No. 4 

Starting Line Up 16th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Truck, Reason
1, Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 1st
2, Noah Gragson, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 2018 Owner Points 2nd
3, Todd Gilliland #, No. 4 Pedigree Toyota, 2018 Owner Points 3rd
4, Kyle Busch(i), No. 51 Cessna Toyota, 2018 Owner Points 4th
5, Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford, 2018 Owner Points 5th
6, Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Ibaraki Toyopet Toyota, 2018 Owner Points 6th
7, Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford, 2018 Owner Points 7th
8, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Mold Armor/Menards Ford, 2018 Owner Points 8th
9, John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 8 Fleetwing/D.A.B. Contructors Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 9th
10, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 We Build America Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 10th
11, Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 11th
12, Dalton Sargeant #, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 12th
13, Myatt Snider #, No. 13 Century Container/Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford, 2018 Owner Points 13th
14, Chris Eggleston, No. 54 GlobeSprinkler.com/H2O Fire Pro Toyota, 2018 Owner Points 14th
15, Cody Coughlin, No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 15th
16, Daniel Hemric(i), No. 20 Overkill Motorsports Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 16th
17, Austin Hill, No. 02 United Rentals Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 17th
18, Justin Fontaine #, No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 18th
19, Austin Self, No. 22 DontMessWithTexas/AMTechSolutions Chev, 2018 Owner Points 19th
20, Wendell Chavous, No. 49 SobrietyNation.org Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 20th
21, Jordan Anderson, No. 3 Bommarito/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 21st
22, Bayley Currey, No. 83 Ingersoll Rand Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 22nd
23, Robby Lyons, No. 15 Abaco Construction Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 23rd
24, Jesse Little, No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford, 2018 Owner Points 24th
25, Norm Benning, No. 6 Zomongo Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 25th
26, Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 10 Think Realty Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Points 26th
27, Parker Kligerman, No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet, 2017 Owner Winner
28, Brandon Jones(i), No. 46 Mobil 1 Toyota, 2017 Owner Winner
29, Josh Reaume, No. 33 JC Racing Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Attempts 
30, Timmy Hill(i), No. 50 Crossbar E-Cigarettes Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Attempts 
31, Mike Harmon(i), No. 74 Koolbox/Horizon Transport Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Attempts 
32, JJ Yeley(i), No. 63 Fr8auctions Chevrolet, 2018 Owner Attempts 
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Did Not Qualify: No. 7 Korbin Forrister; No. 92 Timothy Peters; No. 17 Bo LeMastus #

 

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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