Can Sauter Continue His Hot Start?
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – ThorSport Racing has much to celebrate this weekend in Rockingham, N.C.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ longest, continually operating organization enters the third race of the 2013 season with all three drivers – Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and two-time champion Todd Bodine – ranked among the top 10 in the standings.
The Sandusky, Ohio-based Toyota team ran the table at Martinsville Speedway, where Sauter and Crafton finished one-two for the third time since their pairing in 2009.
Points leader Sauter goes for an unprecedented third consecutive victory after joining Mark Martin (2006) as the only competitor to win the season’s first two races.
“This is great to start the year off with two in a row and I couldn’t be prouder,” said Sauter. “We still have 20 races left and there’s a lot that can happen. We just need to keep it all in focus and take it all in stride and go to Rockingham where we finished fourth a year ago and go in Kansas where we’ve won in the past.”
Crafton, meanwhile, sits third in series standings and will compete in his record 297th consecutive race at Rockingham. The Tulare, Calif., veteran is poised to erase a record held by Terry Cook, the driver he succeeded at ThorSport Racing in 2001. Crafton’s streak began Oct. 28, 2000, when ThorSport entered trucks for both Cook and Crafton at Auto Club Speedway. All but the 25 races Crafton ran in 2004 for Kevin Harvick Inc. have come in a ThorSport truck. Cook’s record ran from Jan. 18, 1998, through Nov. 13, 2009.