Johnny Sauter finishes a track best sixth in Canada
Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, started a track-best ninth and finished a track-best sixth in Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Making his third start at the 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course, the ThorSport Racing driver ran as high as second and as low as 21st, but maintained an average running position of 6.48 throughout the 64-lap event, and brought home his second top-10 finish, finishing sixth. The solid run was the Necedah, Wisc. native's 11th top-10 finish in 15 starts this season.
In the lone NCWTS road course race on the 2015 schedule, crew chief, Doug George brought the No. 98 Tundra to pit road twice at laps 12, and 38, respectively, under green. During the first stop, George made the rare call for two rear tires, and fuel, to aid in rear grip. On the final stop of the afternoon, at lap 38, Sauter came to pit road for four tires, and fuel. Complaining of being, "really tight in the left-handers, and loose on exit'," the ThorSport Racing driver was able to work his way through traffic, following green-flag pit stops, and contend for a position inside the top-five over the final 20-lap stint.
The NCWTS 250 would be slowed five times for 13 laps, setting the 32-truck field up for a green-white-checker flag finish. Sauter, who restarted fifth at lap 62 of 64, would lose a position on the final restart, and settle into the sixth position, which is where he crossed the stripe behind race winner, Erik Jones.
"I felt like we had a pretty good Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra today. I started off really tight through the left-handers, and loose on exit. Doug (George, crew chief) made the call for two rear tires on the first stop, to help with rear grip, so we were able to maintain track position, and contend inside the top-10 all day, and have a shot there at the end. That's all you can ask for. Track position was key - if you got out front, you could dominate. All-in-all a good day for this ThorSport Racing team, this is the best we've ever been at a road course. This place is such a wild card race for me, I'm not a road course racer, but I felt like we had some improvements this year, from last, and a sixth-place finish is respectable."
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