Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/28/14

It was at Texas Motor Speedway last June when Johnny Sauter came so close to victory, but had it snatched away with two laps to go. Sauter took the lead from Ron Hornaday on the final restart but was black-flagged by NASCAR as a result of changing lanes before crossing the start finish line. This mistake cost him the race win and dropped him back to 22nd position.

This time, however, Sauter claimed redemption, passing ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton for the lead with 22 laps to go Friday night. He went on to become the seventh different driver to win a Camping World Truck Series race in 2012. Sauter led twice for a total of 41 laps and won by a margin of 2.101 seconds in the WinStar World Casino 400.

This is Sauter's fifth CWTS victory and his first since the rain-shortened season finale at Homestead last November. Before Friday night, Sauter had finished 24th or worse in five of the six races in 2012.

Even with the win, Sauter is just 15th in the truck standings. But you can be sure he's just happy to have something to celebrate at this point.

Crafton had taken the lead during the seventh caution of the night after leaders James Buescher and Ty Dillon made contact after racing side-by-side for numerous laps. Dillon, a series rookie, appeared to get loose when he tried to make a move around Buescher, crashing them both and taking them out of contention.

Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Toyota, held off Joey Coulter for second position. Coulter, driver of the No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, finished a career-best third. Rounding out the top five was Brendan Gaughan and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Justin Lofton, who has finished in the top 10 in all seven races this season, continues to lead the point's standings by five points. Timothy Peters, who resides second in points, finished outside of the top 10 for the first time of the season, in 11th position.

Race Results

1) Johnny Sauter
2) Matt Crafton
3) Joey Coulter
4) Brendan Gaughn
5) Nelson Piquet, Jr.
6) Jason Leffler
7) Ty Dillon (R)
8) Cale Gale (R)
9) Justin Lofton
10) Parker Kilgerman

CWTS Points Standings

1) Justin Lofton
2) Timothy Peters (-5)
3) Ty Dillon (R) (-12)
4) James Buescher (-23)
5) Parker Kilgerman (-25)
6) Nelson Piquet Jr. (-38)
7) Matt Crafton (-49)
8) Joey Coulter (-53)
9) Ron Hornaday (-54)
10) Todd Bodine (-60)

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