Kyle Busch started from the rear of the field after missing the drivers’ meeting but made his way back up front to grab the victory in Thursday’s UNOH 225. Rookie Parker Kligerman brought home his second consecutive runner-up finish, gaining two spots on the green-white-checkered finish. Brendan Gaughan, Todd Bodine and Jason White, who restarted inside Busch, rounded out the top 5.
Polesitter Johnny Sauter led the first three laps before getting loose and relinquishing the lead to Austin Dillon who then lost the lead to Sadler the following lap. Sauter struggled with a truck that was “garbage loose” for much of the early stages of the races, but crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. and the No. 13 crew worked to right the handling. Able to run down and pass then-leader Kyle Busch, Sauter broke his rear axle leaving pit road from his final stop and was left to settle for a ___-place finish, ___ laps off the pace.
The race was slowed by seven cautions, including one that flew with just five laps remaining when Nelson Piquet, Jr. got loose inside Miguel Paludo, triggering a five-truck pileup. Also involved in the wreck were Steve Arpin, Timothy Peters and Ryan Sieg.
Despite the broken axle, Johnny Sauter remains the points leader by 23 over rookie Cole Whitt, who suffered damage when he and Ron Hornaday, Jr. got to together when the driver of the No. 33 Wisk Laundry Detergent Chevrolet got loose inside Whitt’s No. 60. Austin Dillon holds onto third, a mere two points behind Whitt. James Buescher’s ninth-place finish combined with difficulties for other drivers inside the top 5 allowed him to jump three spots to fourth. Rookie Parker Kligerman also moved up three positions to round out the top 5.
After bringing out the fifth caution, Ron Hornaday, Jr. dropped three spots to sixth while Timothy Peters dropped one spot to seventh. Matt Crafton suffered an engine failure and was left to settle for a ___-place finish, dropping him three spots to eighth. Rookie Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan round out the top 10.
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