The race I truly look forward to the most each season isn’t the Daytona 500, it’s actually the Camping World Truck Series at Daytona to kick off the season. They always provide good quality racing and drama that will keep you on your seat until the checkered flag is out. Tonight was no exception either!
For Johnny Sauter, years of bad luck at Daytona have finally paid off. He gets to claim victory at Daytona and the points lead after the first race of the season. He would also get redemption from last year’s race where he was wrecked by eventual race winner John King on a green-white-checkered restart.
“I can’t believe I’m in Victory Lane in Daytona,” Sauter said in Victory Lane.
He led the final seventeen laps of the race on his way to victory and would give Toyota their 100th victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This is their seventh consecutive victory at Daytona.
The first half of the race went without a wreck, but gave fans great racing that they’ve been asking for. That racing get really edgy on lap fifty-five when Brendan Gaughan tried to make an agreesive move in the middle too early in the race. He tried to squeeze in between German Quiroga and Brennan Newberry the pole sitter. They would collect thirteen other drivers: Chris Cockrum, Jeb Burton, Tim George Jr., Max Gresham, Jeff Agnew, Ryan Truex, Norm Benning, Dakota Armstrong, Chris Fontaine, and Jason White.
Most of those drivers would be able to continue racing with their damage.
Shortly after that restart, Jason White’s damaged truck couldn’t keep going and he would spin out bringing out another caution.
Setting up a wild five lap shootout would be Ryan Truex who blew a left rear tire and would spin out bringing out that late caution. Timothy Peters would plow into his side and Ross Chastain would get collected in the accident as well.
As the field took the checkered flag, James Buescher would give Jeff Agnew a huge push that sent him into the wall collecting two other drivers and would end the race on a caution.
Race Winner: Johnny Sauter (1) | Points: Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday (-6), Justin Lofton (-6)