DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Johnny Sauter continued the ‘veteran’s movement’ during Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway, winning the second stage of the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
Sauter charged past Noah Gragson and into the lead one lap after racing resumed on the 26th circuit, never giving up control the rest of the way en route to his ninth career Truck Series stage win and first of the season.
It was also Sauter’s fifth stage win on a restrictor-plate track in the series, after sweeping both stages at Daytona and sister track Talladega Superspeedway last season.
The stage ran caution-free, meaning that aside from the stage breaks, only one other slowdown has occurred during the race so far.
The GMS-aligned machine of Stewart Friesen followed Sauter underneath the green-checkered flag in second, with polesitter David Gilliland crossing in third and Sauter’s teammate Cody Coughlin finishing the stage in fourth.
Two-time Truck champion Matt Crafton, in his first race behind the wheel of a Ford F-150, completed the top five.
Justin Haley, Parker Kligerman, Korbin Forrister, John Hunter Nemechek and Spencer Davis also scored bonus points at the second stage break of the night.
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