The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas might have come at a good time for Johnny Sauter as he will lead the filed to the green flag Friday.
Sauter won the pole for the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 189.222 mph in 29.963 seconds. During Thursday’s trucks qualifying session, Sauter was the only driver to run a lap under 30 seconds for his fifth Truck Series career pole.
Joining Sauter on the front row will be Ty Dillon. Jeb Burton, Brendan Gaughan, Miguel Paludo, Ryan Blaney, Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Ross Chastain close out the top 10.
The pole win on Thursday comes at a right time for Sauter, who is still trying to recover from his penalty from NASCAR for actions back in Kansas. Since the penalty, the last two races haven’t gone so well for him as he has stumbled within the points. He has been having a hard time, finishing 28th in Charlotter and seventh at Dover for a small recovery.
Texas is a track where Sauter has found success, and it provides the opportunity that he needs in order to recover. Prior to the penalty, held the points lead. He fell to sixth following Charlotte, but has since climbed back up to fourth.
Sauter goes in as the defending June race winner going into Texas. He swept both Texas races in 2012 and has a great opportunity to continue his winning ways at the track as he starts on the pole on Friday night.