FORT WORTH, Texas (June 6, 2013) – Defending race champion Johnny Sauter earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole of the season during Thursday’s qualifying for the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Sauter (No. 98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota) posted a lap of 180.222 miles per hour (29.963 seconds) for the fifth pole of his NCWTS career and second at Texas Motor Speedway. His other pole at Texas came in this annual June event in 2009. His previous-best start on the season was second at Charlotte and this marks his sixth top-six start in seven races.
Sauter, who swept both truck events at Texas Motor Speedway last year, will be looking to become the first NCWTS driver to win from the pole at Texas since Todd Bodine accomplished the feat at the Sam’s Town 400 in June of 2007.
Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) will start on the outside of Sauter after a lap of 179.784 mph, pacing Chevrolet to the next four starting positions. Rookie Jeb Burton (No. 4 Arrowhead Chevrolet), son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, qualified third at 179.647 mph, four-time TMS truck series winner Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Chevrolet) was fourth at 179.515 mph, and Miguel Paludo (No. 32 Duroline Chevrolet) fifth at 179.378 mph.
NCWTS championship leader Matt Crafton (No. 88 Goof Off/Menards Chevrolet) qualified eighth (179.110 mph) and reigning series champion and Plano, Texas, native James Buescher (No. 31 Ruud Chevrolet) was 18th (178.036 mph) in the 32-truck field.
Frontstretch tickets for Friday evening’s WinStar World Casino 400, which begin as low as $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, are available by calling the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting the race tickets tab on www.texasmotorspeedway.com