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10/20/13
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Sauter wins crash marred Truck race  His truck intact and headed in a straight line as most of the rest of the lead-lap trucks wrecked behind him, Johnny Sauter crossed the finish line first in Saturday's Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Behind Sauter -- chaos. Coming to the checkered flag with a huge run through the tri-oval, Jeb Burton spun off the bumper of Miguel Paludo and flashed up the track into the Toyota of Kyle Busch, who was pushing Dakoda Armstrong toward the finish.

Paludo's truck flipped over and slid on its roof down the frontstretch, spraying sparks as the metal scraped the asphalt. In the aftermath of the melee, Busch sat dazed -- the wind knocked out of him -- with his back against the concrete wall in the tri-oval.

Sauter was the clear winner, having escaped the last-lap crash to win for the third time this season and the ninth time in his career. When NASCAR sorted out the rest of the finishing order, David Starr took second place, followed by Ross Chastain, Parker Kligerman, Armstrong and Timmy Hill.

Off the final corner, series leader Matt Crafton was pushing ThorSport Racing teammate Sauter, Busch was shoving Armstrong, and Kligerman was pushing Chastain. Those three tandems appeared ready to settle the issue between them, before Paludo and Burton entered the fray and tried to force their way through the trucks ahead of them.

Paludo and Burton, however, ran out of room, and every other potential winner but Sauter ran out of luck.

"When we just crested the tri-oval there coming to the start/finish line, I saw smoke and trucks spinning everywhere," Sauter said. "I saw Matt was gone, and I was like, 'Uh, oh, this isn't good.' It's unfortunate. It would have been pretty cool to have a 1-2 finish, but what a great day for everybody at ThorSport."

After exiting the infield care center, Busch talked ruefully about a great superspeedway truck that left the track on a wrecker.

"It's all done for," he said. "It's unfortunate. The (truck) was really awesome. I don't know what happened. Somebody just came up from underneath me and hit me, turned me left, and then the wreck was on.

"When you see the checkered flag, and you see things going in front of you, you just keep your foot on it. I drove it all the way to the start/finish. I guess I knocked the wall down there on pit road. That wasn't very fun. There were a couple of really good licks that I took, so there's no sense in sitting in a hot vehicle, you might as well get out and get some fresh air."

Crafton, who finished ninth after spinning short of the stripe, expanded his series lead to 57 points over 14th-place finisher Ty Dillon.

Justin Lofton, who was involved in the last-lap crash, was examined in the infield care center and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. He was discharged from the hospital with a fractured left thumb on Saturday night, according to his official Twitter account.

Results

Pos # Driver Make Start Laps Led Status
1 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota 24 94 5 Running
2 81 David Starr Toyota 25 94 0 Running
3 19 Ross Chastain Ford 7 94 14 Running
4 20 Parker Kligerman Toyota 18 94 16 Running
5 60 Dakoda Armstrong Chevrolet 14 94 0 Running
6 1 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 27 94 0 Running
7 7 John Wes Townley Toyota 19 94 0 Running
8 8 Max Gresham Chevrolet 2 94 0 Running
9 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 23 94 1 Running
10 51 Kyle Busch Toyota 3 94 5 Running
11 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 8 94 0 Running
12 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 33 94 0 Running
13 68 Clay Greenfield RAM 21 94 0 Running
14 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 5 94 26 Running
15 83 Chris Fontaine Toyota 17 94 3 Running
16 99 Bryan Silas Ford 26 94 0 Running
17 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Toyota 10 94 4 Running
18 4 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 1 93 1 Running
19 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet 11 93 0 Running
20 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet 16 93 0 Running
21 29 Ryan Blaney Ford 13 92 1 Running
22 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 35 91 0 Running
23 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 29 87 0 Accident
24 9 Ron Hornaday Jr Chevrolet 6 87 0 Accident
25 63 Scott Stenzel Ford 36 87 0 Accident
26 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 4 79 16 Accident
27 18 Joey Coulter Toyota 9 79 1 Accident
28 27 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 32 79 0 Accident
29 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 31 65 0 Accident
30 75 Caleb Holman Chevrolet 28 65 0 Accident
31 77 German Quiroga Jr Toyota 20 65 0 Accident
32 24 Brennan Newberry Chevrolet 15 65 0 Accident
33 82 Sean Corr Ford 22 65 0 Accident
34 07 Chris Cockrum Toyota 34 65 0 Accident
35 93 Chris Jones Chevrolet 30 27 1 Overheating
36 35 Mason Mingus Chevrolet 12 5 0 Oil Leak

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