“Two for two starting out,” Sauter said. “This is amazing.”
Sauter claimed his second win of the year on Saturday in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. His teammate, Matt Crafton, took runner-up honors to give ThorSport Racing a one-two finish.
“Very good for ThorSport,” Crafton said. “It just shows what this team is going to have for this season.”
Jeb Burton finished third after starting the race from the pole and leading the way until Ron Hornaday took the top spot on a restart that followed a caution that came out on lap 70. Burton lost a few more positions on the restart, as Timothy Peters moved into the second spot and Kevin Harvick into third.
Burton moved back into second on lap 102. He made contact with then-leader Hornaday a couple of laps later, sending Hornaday into a spin. As a result, Burton moved into the lead and Harvick claimed second.
Burton was able to stay out in front of Harvick and hold him off on a couple of restarts before he gave up the lead to pit during a caution with 107 laps to go. Harvick and several others stayed out, and Harvick restarted with the lead and Nelson Piquet Jr. in second.
Piquet took the lead on the restart and Darrell Wallace Jr. moved into second as Harvick lost several positions. Wallace took the lead with 86 laps to go. Wallace and Piquet then gave up the top-two spots to pit when the yellow flag waved on lap 196. Burton and Peters inherited the top-two spots by staying out.
With 25 laps to go, Sauter got by Peters for second and then took the lead from Burton on a restart following a caution with 22 laps to go.
“I just tried to time it just right,” Sauter said of taking the lead on the final restart.
Crafton joined his teammate in the top-two with about 10 laps to go and he and Sauter ran first and second the rest of the way.
Peters finished fourth, and Wallace was fifth.
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