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Johnny Sauter wins for 3rd straight time at Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) Johnny Sauter won for the third straight time at Dover International Speedway, racing to his first NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season Friday night.

Sauter took the lead with 30 laps to go on the concrete mile oval, and held off Brett Moffitt after a restart with five laps to go for his 24th career victory in the series. Sauter edged Moffitt by 0.603 seconds in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford.

Sauter returned to ThorSport this season after a split with GMS Racing,

"When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove," Sauter said. "I have to thank (owners) Duke and Rhonda Thorson most importantly. A couple months ago I didn't know if I'd be racing."

Moffitt, who started on the pole, led for the first 48 laps before Sauter took the lead on Lap 82, and the two were near the front for the rest of the race. Moffitt led for a race-high 82 laps and finished second for his fourth top-five finish this season.

"It's all about track position, really," Moffitt said. "When we were out front, we could lead and won the first stage, but it was just a lot of traffic cost us track position that we never got back."

Harrison Burton was third, followed by Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton.

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Updated May 3, 2019

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