Johnny Sauter Prunes “The Shrub”


It has finally happened, “The Shrub” has been pruned in 2011!  Saturday afternoon Johnny Sauter overhauled Kyle Busch with a lap and a half to go to garner the victory and the grandfather clock in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville.

The victory gave Sauter the series points lead over Matt Crafton.

“I told the guys yesterday that we had a fast truck, and this thing could blow people down all day,” Sauter said. “What a race.  I said to Joe (Shear Jr, crew chief) that we were going to race the race track today. Preparation. He said back to me that it was tires, tires, tires. We just had smart pit strategy and some great cautions that helped throughout the race. I’m so proud of the No. 13 guys – fast pits, great execution, we were absolutely dialed in all week here.  We just gelled the whole time.  Teamwork wins these things.”

It was a special win for both team and family, since Sauter’s wife Cortney is at home, due with their second child on Monday morning – a litle girl.

“Now I get to go home and be a dad,” Sauter continued. “I have the easy job, I get to go drive fast and hopefully, like today, win races.  Cortney’s got the tough job, having our daughter. It’s just a special weekend for everybody. I’m really proud to bring a win home for the Safe Auto staff and everyone at Curb Records.  And above all, Duke and Rhonda Thorson.  No one realizes what they go through every week to give us great equipment and invest in this Series and these teams. That Granddaddy (clock, which serves as the winner’s trophy at Martinsville) is ours, guys.”

Here is the unofficial results from the Kroger 250 at Martinsville.

This Camping World Truck race at Martinsville fortifies the opinion of WOMR that when this series shows up at the NASCAR race weekend as a companion race, it is the best bang for the buck!

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