Talladega seemed to be the turning point of the season for Johnny Sauter as he survived a crazy finish to get back to victory lane.
Sauter captured the win in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway when he came out on front as 12 trucks wrecked behind him in the final lap. The win Saturday gave Sauter the year sweep of the Super Speedway races. It was also Sauter’s third win of the season.
The win at Talladega puts Sauter back within the win column. Since the penalty from earlier in the season, Sauter had been having a rough couple of races. Previously, Sauter had been on top as the points leader but fell within the points. Now with a third win, Sauter is moving back up, now in sixth in the points.
David Starr finished in second followed by Ross Chastain, Parker Kligerman and Dakoda Armstrong to close out the top five.
Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton finished in ninth.
Within any race at Talladega, the “Big one” is always expected but the wreck at the end of the race also provided some terrifying moments. Within the 12-truck wreck in the final lap sent trucks sliding all over the place. The driver who took the worst of it all was Miguel Paludo, who even went upside down.
Justin Lofton was sent to a nearby hospital after the wreck. Most of the drivers in the wreck were treated in the infield medical center.
Talladega definitely gave the Trucks Series a little shake up and a scare but it was the first race in the final-five race stretch to the finish.