Sauter grabs lead late in win

Updated: September 27, 2009, 12:52 AM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Johnny Sauter raced to his first career NASCAR Trucks Series victory, taking the lead from Matt Crafton with 16 laps left and holding on to win the Las Vegas 350 on Saturday night.

Crafton, who took over the lead following a caution period with 26 laps remaining, held on to finish second in the 146-lap race on the 1.5-mile oval.

"My truck just didn't have the speed that Johnny Sauter's did," said Crafton, second in the standings -- 197 points behind Ron Hornaday Jr. "Wow, that truck was fast."

Jason White was third, followed by pole-sitter Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and points leader Hornaday.

The 51-year-old Hornaday, who has six victories this year, led 33 laps before Sauter passed him on the 89th lap.

Mike Skinner was seventh, followed by Aric Almirola, Brian Ickler and Tayler Malsam.


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