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Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Kansas-native Clint Bowyer won a NASCAR national touring series race in his home state for the first time with an impressive performance in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 -- the 400th event in the Camping World Truck Series.
Bowyer, a Sprint Cup Series regular who hails from nearby Emporia, KS, led 124 of 167 laps at Kansas Speedway, driving the No.2 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc. He claimed his third truck win in just his 11th start. Bowyer also became the 11th different winner in as many truck races at this 1.5-mile track.
"I'm so happy to finally be in victory lane here; it means so much to me," Bowyer said. "I've always dreamed that I would be able to race here. To win here is a dream come true."
Johnny Sauter, who won this race last year, finished 1.7 seconds behind Bowyer in the runner-up spot. Sauter had been Bowyer's biggest challenge throughout the race.
"I thought we had something for him in that middle run, and that last pit stop, we elected to take fuel only, and that was our only way to beat him," Sauter said. "He got through traffic better than I did."
Defending series champion Todd Bodine finished third, while James Buescher took the fourth spot.
Rookie Joey Coulter passed Kyle Busch during the final laps to finish fifth. Busch's sixth-place run ended a three-race winning streak in the series. He had won at Nashville, Dover and Charlotte prior to Kansas.
Brendan Gaughan, Nelson Piquet Jr., Brad Sweet and Travis Kvapil finished seventh through 10th, respectively.
Austin Dillon placed 12th after starting on the pole. Dillon was penalized for speeding on pit road early in the race.
Sauter's second-place finish allowed him to claim the points lead. He holds a 12-point advantage over rookie Cole Whitt, who finished 15th.
Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. dropped to sixth in points (-56) after a disappointing 30th-place finish. Hornaday blew his left-rear tire and crashed into the wall in the early going. He spent 65 laps in the garage for repairs to his Chevrolet.
Last month, Hornaday's truck failed post-race inspection at Charlotte. NASCAR docked him 25 points, and his crew chief, Jeff Hensley, received a $10,000 fine for an unapproved rear end gear ratio found on the truck.
06/04 17:37:20 ET
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