Sauter claims NASCAR Trucks Series opener

Updated 24 February 2013
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Sauter claims NASCAR Trucks Series opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida: Johnny Sauter was taken out on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway last year.
On Friday night, another late wreck helped him get to Victory Lane.
Sauter caught a break when defending series champion James Buescher crashed on the final lap of the Trucks Series opener, bringing out a caution that prevented veteran Kyle Busch from making a last-lap move on the leader.
Instead, Sauter cruised to victory.
“I was having flashbacks of last year,” said Sauter, who was turned by race winner John King in 2012. “They always say you want to be second going into the last lap. It just didn’t work out that way. ... I’m not going to lie, I was happy to see that caution come out at the end. Just a wild race. Speedway racing is just crazy. ... I’m just ecstatic to be in Victory Lane.”
Getting there wasn’t easy, either. After Sauter performed a burnout, he got lost trying to find Victory Lane.
“I didn’t have a clue where it was,” Sauter said. “I couldn’t see. I was relying on the spotter to tell me where to go. He told me to turn into that entrance. It was the wrong one. Nobody was more confused than I was.”
Maybe that’s why just about everyone watching the 250-mile race figured Sauter was a sitting duck with Busch on his bumper.
But before Busch could make his move, Buescher spun Jeff Agnew back in the pack. That brought out a final caution, and since the leaders had already taken the white flag, the race ended under caution.
“Thought I was in the perfect spot,” Busch said. “Was gonna somehow make a move on the last lap. Unfortunately, it was only a 99-lap race today. We didn’t get the full 100 in and wasn’t able to make a move coming down toward the end.”
Busch wound up second for the third time in the series opener.
“Yeah, it’s another year in waiting,” said Busch, who has wins at Daytona in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series.
It was the 100th win in the series for Toyota and the manufacturer’s seventh straight at NASCAR’s most famous track.
Ron Hornaday Jr. was third, followed by Justin Lofton, rookie Jeb Burton and Ty Dillon.
Buescher finished 13th, one spot behind highly touted rookie Darrell Wallace Jr.
“It’s a lot harder to win a restrictor-plate race than you think,” said Sauter, who failed to win in his first four races at Daytona.
The race was clean for the first 26 laps, until Scott Riggs’ engine blew.
That was minor compared to the next caution.
Brendan Gaughan, trying to pull off one of the strangest moves of Speedweeks, tried to squeeze between pole-sitter Brennan Newberry and fellow rookie German Quiroga in turn three.
It failed miserably.
All three trucks slid into the outside wall, setting off a melee that collected about a dozen others. Burton, Ryan Truex, Tim George Jr., John Wes Townley and Jason White were among the 13 trucks involved.
After six laps of caution and lots of cleanup, the race restarted — but just briefly.
White slammed into the wall shortly after the restart, bring out the third caution.
The fifth yellow set up the frantic finish.
Truex and Buescher were making a run toward the front on the outside lane when Truex’s left-front tire started to go flat. Truex started to slow down and make his way to the bottom of the track, but he got sideways and collected several others.
“We saw a couple of crashes,” Busch said. “That’s part of the game. Everybody is fighting for the front, but there’s only those guys up there that can be up there.”


“Captain fantastic” Harry Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the death

Updated 18 June 2018
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“Captain fantastic” Harry Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the death

  • Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner
  • England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.
Gareth Southgate’s men almost paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time.
And the north Africans were still level as the game went past the 90-minute mark.
But Harry Maguire won a header from a corner and Kane was on hand at the far post to nod in the winner before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.
“I’m so proud of the lads,” Kane said. “They kept going, kept going to the last second.
“I am absolutely buzzing, everyone on the staff is. It shows good character to get the job done.”
England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes.
First Jordan Henderson’s lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.
Kane had been kept quiet in the opening salvos but he exploded into action in the 11th minute when he cut inside from the left and saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide for a corner.
Ashley Young delivered the set piece for John Stones to rise highest and meet with a powerful header. Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account.
Hassen, who had injured his left shoulder making an earlier save, could not continue and left the field in tears as he was replaced in goal by Farouk Ben Mustapha.
England continued to press and were made to pay for not converting a succession of chances when they conceded a soft penalty.
Kyle Walker swung a lazy arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef who fell as if poleaxed and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot, with his decision being upheld by the VAR.
Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.
Still there was time for Lingard to come close again twice, first from a goalbound shot and then a dink over the keeper which agonizingly struck the post.
Alli too hit the woodwork with a header and England went into half-time wondering how they had not sealed victory already.
England still enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but could not find the same zip and penetration they had enjoyed at the start of the first half.
The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man almost fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.