Daytona Race Report 2.17.18

JOHNNY SAUTER
No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado

Start: 2nd
Finish: 1st
Points: 1st

 

Stage One: Sauter finished the first stage in the second position, after briefly leading for a total of seven laps, before the stage ended on lap 20. The No. 21 team pitted under caution for fuel only, lining up in the second position for the start of Stage 2.

 

Stage Two: The field returned to green on lap 26 and Sauter once again regained the lead on lap 27. He held onto the top spot until the stage ended on lap 42. Under the caution, Sauter brought his Allegiant Chevy to pit road for four tires and fuel. With other teams taking fuel only, Sauter returned to the track in the eighth position.

 

Final Stage: Sauter made his way back to the front, running in the top-five as a series of cautions occurred. He took the lead for the fourth time on lap 59, quickly followed by the fifth caution period of the race. Sauter pitted with his GMS teammates for fuel only and rejoined the field ninth. Sauter worked with teammate Justin Haley to move back into the top-three with just over 20 laps to go. The No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet moved to the front of the pack for the final time with eight laps remaining, with Sauter holding on to earn his third win at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Additional Notes:
– Sauter now leads the series in wins at Daytona International Speedway.
– GMS Racing scores their third consecutive win at Daytona – (2016 J. Sauter, 2017 K. Grala, 2018 J. Sauter).
– GMS Racing is now tied with Bobby Hamilton Racing (2001, 2002, 2005) for the series-most wins at Daytona.

 

Quote:
“What a truck tonight that Allegiant Chevrolet was. We qualified well and tried to keep track position all night. We came from 10th a few different times to get to the front. I just felt so calm today; I had all the faith in my truck and my team. We were just so fast.

 

“After playing around in the draft in practice, I felt like if you let anyone get more than a truck length back they could get a surge to you. I think Haley did a great job not helping the 20 truck get too much. I felt like if the 20 did peak out the 24 was in the perfect position to fill that spot and he did, so having a teammate right there at the end was definitely beneficial. Justin did a great job especially there at the end. I couldn’t be more proud of him. I felt like as an organization we executed perfectly tonight with our teammates, Dalton Sergeant and Cody Coughlin. That’s fun when you can do that, execute like that and ultimately end up first and second.

 

“Once you have a championship you have that taste and it’s a taste you want to keep. I’m pretty pumped and feel good about our team. It’s the exact same group we had last year; they are the greatest group of guys I’ve ever been around and I think this year we’re going to continue doing what we’ve been doing. I’d be disappointed if we aren’t running for another championship in Miami.”