Johnny Sauter was pushed by teammate Matt Crafton to win the fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. It's Sauter's third win of the season and the ninth of his Camping World Truck Series career. Sauter thanked teammate Matt Crafton for the victory.
"That was the best illustration of teamwork ever," Sauter said in victory lane.
There were two separate accidents in the tri-oval on the final lap. The first resulted in Miguel Paludo flipping and Kyle Busch breaking the inside wall. It was a battle for about the six position when Miguel Paludo and Jeb Burton got together sending the trucks spinning hard. The second crash came when the top six were tandem drafting alongside each other and Parker Kligerman and Ross Chastain got together. That took out five of the top six drivers including points leader Matt Crafton.
Sauter crossed the line in first with David Starr, who was the only other truck without damage at the finish, coming home second. Ross Chastain crossed the line in third, though he was spinning with Parker Kligerman finishing fourth and Dakoda Armstrong coming home fifth. Finishing in the sixth position was Timmy Hill with John Wes Townley finishing seventh, Max Gresham eighth, Matt Crafton ninth and Kyle Busch rounding out the top ten.
Jeb Burton and Max Gresham started on the front row in the fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway and they immediately got pressure from James Buescher and Ron Hornaday Jr. They were leading when Mason Mingus started smoking on lap four. On lap six Mingus would pit for smoke and his problem would bring out the races first caution on lap eight for the fluid on the track.
The race would restart on lap 13 and Buescher would lead the field to green with Chastain on the outside. Chris Fontaine would get to the lead on lap 15 but Buescher would find the lead again with Hornaday pushing him on lap 18. On lap 20 the races' second caution flag would fly when Chris Cockrum would blow a tire and leave debris on the track. The leaders would pit and Kyle Busch led the field to green. Busch would lose the lead when Ty Dillon and James Buescher got the lead on the high side. Dillon and Buescher would lead until the two Brad Keselowski Racing trucks would get the lead on lap 31. By lap 33 Dillon and Buescher would retake the lead and they would continue to fight for it.
On lap 36 Joey Coulter found the lead with help from Parker Kligerman, however, Dillon and Buescher would retake the lead and they would lead until a round of green flag pit stops began on lap 50. On lap 54 Sean Corr would bring out the races' third caution flag when he spun through the infield grass as he was trying to pit and got hit by Ty Dillon. Corr wouldn't have significant damage and he would continue.
The race would restart on lap 60 with Darrell Wallace Jr in the lead with Kyle Busch pushing him. On lap 63 Johnny Sauter would get to the lead with help from Matt Crafton as the ThorSport Racing trucks made their first impact of the day. On lap 64 the lead would go back to Ty Dillon as he got drafting help from Parker Kligerman. Two laps later the races' fourth caution flag would fly when several trucks would crash in turn three. Those trucks included Brennan Newberry, Timothy Peters, Sean Corr, Chris Cockrum, German Quiroga, Caleb Holman and Clay Greenfield. The first contact came between the trucks of Holman and Jeb Burton.
The race would restart on lap 73 with Parker Kligerman and Matt Crafton on the front row. Kligerman and Kyle Busch would go to the front on lap 74 until one lap later Ty Dillon and James Buescher got by. On lap 77 Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton got to the lead until Ross Chastain muscled his way to the front of the field on lap 80. On that same lap the races' fifth caution would fly when James Buescher, Ron Hornaday Jr, Justin Lofton, Joey Coulter and Jeff Agnew crashed.
The race would restart on lap 84 with Chastain and Kligerman on the front row. One lap later Sauter and Crafton would take the lead. They were leading when Ron Hornaday Jr, Scott Stenzel and Ryan Blaney would crash on the backstretch causing the races' sixth caution flag. On lap 91 the race would restart with Ross Chastain and Johnny Sauter on the front row. Sauter would get pushed to the lead with Crafton right behind. When the white flag flew there were three tandem drafts across the track. Two accidents were caused on the final lap taking out all but two trucks, including Johnny Sauter who won his third race of the season.
Other notables in the field included Brendan Gaughan in 11th, Ty Dillon in 14th, Darrell Wallace Jr in 17th, Jeb Burton in 18th, Ryan Blaney in 21st, Ron Hornaday Jr in 24th and James Buescher in 26th. Timothy Peters finished 29th.
Matt Crafton extended his points lead to 57 over Ty Dillon who is now in second. James Buescher is third in the standings 58 points back and Jeb Burton is fourth 82 points behind. Miguel Paludo is fifth in the standings 88 points behind. Sixth in the standings is Johnny Sauter with Ryan Blaney seventh, Timothy Peters eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr ninth and Brendan Gaughan tenth.
The next race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26th.
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