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Sauter survives contact to take Kansas trucks race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Bad blood from Martinsville was still flowing through Johnny Sauter's veins when Ron Hornaday slid into the side of his truck on the backstretch of Sunday's NASCAR truck series race at Kansas Speedway.

The contact, with 13 laps to go in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, sent both trucks sideways at about 150 mph, and the tail of Sauter's truck struck the wall.

"I'm thinking, 'That dirty bugger Hornaday got me again, twice within a month's time,' " Sauter said, referring to the Martinsville incident in March that wrecked Sauter.

But this time Sauter and Hornaday maintained control of their Chevrolets and Sauter, a day after his 32nd birthday, won his first race of the season and second of his trucks career.

Hornaday held on for second, followed by Todd Bodine.

NHRA: Warren Johnson, 66, earned his first victory since 2006 at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill., extending his record for Pro Stock wins to 97. His opponents in the semifinal and final both had breakdowns at or before the start. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their classes.

EAST BAY RACEWAY: Shan Smith won in Late Model and Austin Sanders took Open Wheel Modified Saturday in Gibsonton.

Sauter survives contact to take Kansas trucks race 05/02/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 11:58pm]

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