ThorSport Racing claimed a one-two finish in the Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Saturday with Johnny Sauter claiming his first win of the season and Matt Crafton finishing second.
“Just a great performance. We had a great truck, especially on long runs,” Sauter said. “Just proud of this effort.”
For Sauter, the win was his first top-10 finish at Michigan.
“To get a victory here is just phenomenal,” Sauter said. “It’s a huge shot in the arm.”
Sauter was the race leader after previous leader Darrell Wallace Jr. pitted for fuel on lap 76. After a series of late race stops for splashes in fuel in the final 10 laps, Sauter cycled back around to the lead, and Crafton blended into traffic right behind his teammate after getting his final splash of gas.
“We had a very fast Menard’s Toyota Tundra,” Crafton said. “I think we would’ve had the lead, we could’ve won the race. Track position was key.”
The Brad Keselowski Racing teammates of Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano were first and second in qualifying to sweep the front row. But both drivers suffered issues with their splitters. As a result, Logano wound up finishing 18th and Blaney 21st.
Blaney was the points leader heading into Michigan, but with Sauter’s win and Blaney’s trouble, Sauter was the new points leader after the MIS checkered flag, nine points ahead of Crafton, who moved into second. Blaney dropped to third in the standings.
Darrell Wallace Jr. took the lead through pit strategy by staying out when the only yellow flag of the race waved on lap seven. Timothy Peters also stayed out to restart second. After staying out, Wallace pitted from the lead on lap 38, followed by Peters.
After their green-flag stops, Wallace and Peters were a lap down, but they cycled back to first and second in the running order after everyone else pitted under green just past the halfway point of the 100-lap race.
Wallace, again, gave up the top spot to make a second green-flag stop on lap 76. Like teammate Kyle Busch earlier in the race, Wallace ran out of fuel as he headed to his pit stall. In the end, he wound up 11th at the finish after leading nearly half the race (48 laps).
Ron Hornaday finished third, Tayler Malsam was fourth and Busch rounded out the top-five. Finishing sixth through 10th were German Quiroga, Peters, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter and Joe Nemechek.