Aug 16, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT
It was the fastest race in Truck series history.
In a way, it was a trifecta for the Necedah, Wisc. native:
* He earned his first win of the season and it was the first race and win with Sauter for new crew chief Jeff Hensley, who just joined the team.
* It was his 10th career win in the Truck series and his first since winning 15 races ago at Talladega Superspeedway.
* He leaves Michigan as the points leader in the Camping World Truck Series standings, leading Crafton by nine points.
“This is just a great, great day,” Sauter said after the race on FoxSports 1. “I can’t thank the Good Lord and being blessed enough.
“We’re just now past halfway (in the season). This is great, this is the momentum we needed to swing it. We’ve had a good year, but not a great year. We’ve been consistent and finally got some speed this weekend.”
As for Hensley, his debut couldn’t have gone any better.
“It’s huge, it really is,” Hensley said. “To get this opportunity with ThorSport, it was a dream come true. It was a good career move for me to come up here and work with these guys. … It’s amazing, to win and leave here with the points lead is a big thing.”
Crafton gave it everything he had, but just couldn’t quite catch his teammate.
“I thought we were definitely a top-3, top-5 team,” Crafton said. “All in all, not a bad day.”
As for finishing behind his teammate and is also right behind Sauter in the standings, Crafton added, “1-2, it can’t get much better.”
Busch, who led at halfway of the 100-lap event, made a great recovery after running out of gas on Lap 53 and falling back deep into the pack. He coasted onto pit road and into his pit stall, but lost valuable time when it took several attempts to re-fire the engine after his Toyota was refilled with fuel.
As for the overall series points standings:
Former points leader Ryan Blaney dropped two spots in the standings to third after the race. He’ trails Sauter by 16 points, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. (19 points back) and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. in fifth place (36 points back).
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