Travis Sauter thinks he should have beat Matt Kenseth a few weeks back at Madison International Speedway, but a flat tire slowed him down.   Tonight, he showed how strong he was by returning to victory lane at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval.

“The car was really good. The tires are different this year and we made changes to the car and we finally have it figured out,” Sauter said in victory lane. “We should have beat Matt Kenseth last time here but we will take this win tonight.”

Travis Sauter gets the winner's trophy from MIS owner Terry Kunes and GM Dave Grueneberg. ( photo)

Travis Sauter gets the winner’s trophy from MIS owner Terry Kunes and GM Dave Grueneberg. ( photo)

Sauter started on the outside of the front row and got the early lead.   He battled with Bobby Wilberg for the top spot when the two touched out of turn two. Both got loose and lost their momentum.   Jeremy Miller took advantage and went to the lead.

Miller’s lead wouldn’t last long as he would get by Miller on lap 29 and never give up the top spot for the rest of the night.

Chris Wimmer moved up to second on lap 30 and stayed close to Sauter until the lap 75 break.

Sauter and Wimmer led the field to the green flag for the final 25 laps. Wimmer got loose coming off of turn four allowing Sauter to get a good jump. Wimmer was never able to gain ground on Sauter as the checkered flag flew.

“I just tried to free it up to make it turn better. Travis was turning better off of the bottom than I was,” Wimmer said after the race. “I thought I went the right way on my adjustment at the break but we went the wrong way.  The car did the complete opposite of what we wanted it to do.”

Skylar Holzhausen challenged Wimmer for the final 25 laps but could not get by him for the runner-up spot.

“I am not sure what happened to the front of my car, it feels like something broke,” Holzhausen said after the race. “The car was real tough to drive at the end.”

Dave Feiler, who won the first Triple Crown race, finished fourth. Jeremy Miller rounded out the top five.

Unofficially, Feiler has a 13-point lead over Wimmer going into the finale on Friday, August 8th at Madison International Speedway.

Madison International Speedway
Triple Crown Challenge #2 100
Unofficial Results

1. Travis Sauter
2. Chris Wimmer
3. Skylar Holzhausen
4. Dave Feiler
5. Jeremy Miller
6. Casey Johnson
7. Bobby Kendall
8. Collin Reffner
9. Jeff Storm
10. Chuck Garetson
11. Russ Blakeley
12. Bobby Wilberg
13. Austin Nason
14. Mike Lichtfeld
15. Michael Bilderback

– Kevin Ramsell, Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell

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Travis Sauter Is Back at Madison International Speedway