The super speedway tracks on the NASCAR circuit, namely Daytona and Talladega, more often than not produce some close and exciting racing. Many times the race winner is decided by mere inches as drivers jostle for their final position with yards to go.
Yesterday at Talladega Super Speedway, one of those finishes occurred. In an exciting finish, Johnny Sauter crossed the finish line first ahead of the No. 51 of Riley Herbst. Sauter then celebrated his win on the front stretch with a burnout. However, there was one problem. He wasn’t the winner!
Sauter crossed the finish line first, but NASCAR penalized the driver of the No. 13 truck on Saturday for blocking driver Riley Herbst below the yellow line a mere 200 yards from the finish line. The penalty handed the win to Spencer Boyd. Boyd had never won a Gander Outdoors Truck Series race before Saturday, posting a career best finish of 4th ironically at Daytona earlier in the season.
“I was sitting there, and I’m like, man, second is amazing for us. We’re happy. We finished fourth at Daytona in this truck, and then one of my crew guys was like, ‘You just won!’ I can’t believe this. Two weeks ago I wasn’t running this race. You dream of winning a NASCAR race. Four years ago, I was selling cars with my dad at Hendrick Automotive Group. A lot of people believed in me to get me to this point,” Boyd stated after the race.
Sauter made no excuses after the race. “I went down to put a little block on him, but then when I did, I got hooked sideways, but that’s just plate racing. You know, I didn’t block his advance or anything like that, I just hate it for my guys. They deserve better than that,” said Sauter after the checkered flag.
The Gander Outdoor Truck Series races next at Martinsville on Saturday, October 26th. Fans can watch the race on Fox Sports 1 at 1:30pm.
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