Curb Racing - JOHNNY SAUTER IN THE #13 SAFE AUTO/CURB RECORDS CHEVROLET TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG IN MARTINSVILLE
Sauter bests Busch for first win at Martinsville
Takes Truck Series points lead for first time with third career Truck victory
Monday, April 4th, 2011 - Pole-sitter Johnny Sauter on the next-to-last lap of Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway and held on to post his first Camping World Truck Series victory of the season and the third of his career.
Busch, who has never won a race at Martinsville, ran second, .453 seconds behind Sauter. Ron Hornaday finished third, followed by his team owner, Kevin Harvick, who recovered from early trouble to finish fourth.
Sauter, whose wife, Cortney, is expecting a baby on Monday, said his truck was nearly perfect.
"About the only thing that was missing [Saturday] was leather interior," Sauter said in Victory Lane. "I think Kyle got in the corner and got loose [on the penultimate lap]. He got loose and swung the back around and tried to come back down, and I was there and I made contact with him.
"It's pretty cool when you can beat Kyle Busch."
There was at least one driver who disagreed with that statement.
"We had a shot, and we gave it away," Busch said. "I just hate it. We had a really good truck, [but] on that last restart, I couldn't turn. The front tires were just beat off it. If we didn't have that last caution come out [on Lap 241 of 250], we probably would have been all right.
"Johnny was really good, but I hate to lose at Martinsville. I'd love to win one here someday -- eventually."
During the five green-flag laps that followed, Busch worked his way from sixth to second and Harvick from ninth to fifth. Bodine's spin caused the 11th caution on Lap 214 and tightened the field for a restart on Lap 220, with Dillon in the lead.
Busch regained the lead in the first corner and paced the field through one more yellow-flag period until Matt Lofton's spin in Turn 1 brought out the 13th caution and set up a four-lap sprint to the finish.
Sauter moved into first place in the points standings, five ahead of Matt Crafton (in second), finished 11th.