NASCAR: Truck Series vet Johnny Sauter to run Daytona 500 for BK Racing

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Camping World Truck Series veteran Johnny Sauter will attempt to make the Daytona 500 next month.

Sauter, who finished fourth in Truck Series points last season, will drive the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota Camry with Doug Richert as crew chief.

But as Motorsport.com’s Candace Spencer notes, Sauter will have to earn a starting spot in the field as the No. 83 was 41st in Sprint Cup owner points last season.

J.J. Yeley was named as BK’s “primary driver” for the 2015 season last week and will be Sauter’s teammate. Spencer’s report says that Yeley will be driving the No. 23 BK Toyota with Joe Williams atop his pit box. A third driver for BK’s No. 26 Toyota is to be named on Monday.

Sauter has made five career Cup starts at Daytona, but none since 2008. His best finish of those starts is a 16th in the 2007 running of the ‘500.’ However, he won at Daytona in the Truck Series in 2013 for Thorsport Racing, his current team in that division.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.