Sauter Wins Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Enerdy Solutions

Sauter Wins Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Enerdy Solutions

In the Spring, Johnny Sauter finished last in the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. On Saturday afternoon, he more than made up for that, by winning the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions.

The Necedah, Wisconsin native picked up his third career grandfather clock at the historic track, and clinched an all-important spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, where he will race for his first series title.

“I feel like it was one of the smartest races I’ve ever ran,” Sauter said. “People don’t accuse me of being very smart a lot of times. I just kept trying to take care of it. I just kept riding in third and kept trying to save [tires]. Then I knew with 40 to go, I could do what I needed to.”

Chase Elliott, who led a race high 109 laps, came up just short in his late race bid to overtake Sauter for the top spot. Elliott, who started on the pole, entered the race as a way to gain experience for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500, where the 20-year-old will start fifth. After the checkered flag, Elliott was asked about his strategy and willingness to involve himself with a driver racing for a championship.

“Looking back, I wish I would have done something a little bit different,” Elliott said. “I got loose off [Turn 2] coming to the checkered, and that was probably my opportunity to get him.

“You have to be careful because those guys are racing for a championship. For me, some days it’s just not worth making a mistake or wrecking a guy.”

John Hunter Nemechek finished third, while Chase drivers Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters rounded out the Top-5.

Chase drivers William Byron, Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy finished 8th, 17th and 18th respectively.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in action Sunday with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

Adult ticket prices for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 start at $55. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $60.

Last year, Jeff Gordon took home his ninth grandfather clock trophy and was the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Chase.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the track, by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at

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