Homestead-Miami – Sauter Finished 3rd and Won the 2016 NCWTS Championship

Johnny Sauter finished 3rd in the Ford EcoBoost 200 and won the 2016 Camping World Truck Series championship.

Johnny Sauter and William Byron walked away — well, make that raced away — with the two championships attached to the Camping World Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sauter won the coveted Truck season championship over fellow Final Four drivers Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters. All four drivers finished in the top 10 — Sauter third, Crafton seventh, Bell eighth and Peters ninth.

 “It’s not just me, it’s my entire team,” Sauter said. “I’m just a small part of this. I just keep doing my deal. We had decent speed all year.”

Sauter, driving a Chevrolet, had three wins in the Truck series this season, including two in The Chase. In his past three races before Homestead, he had two firsts and one second.

Homestead has been a good track for Sauter, 38, as he won the Truck race here in 2011. He has also had six top-10 finishes and two top-fives in nine starts at Homestead.

How close were the closing moments? The concluding laps featured some three-wide theatrics that left fans gaping.

The evening was much better than the afternoon for Sauter.

“I have to admit I was a little nervous when we qualified 19th,” Sauter said.