SPEED — Best Move

With 12 laps to go in the May 2 running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday Jr. crashed while racing for the lead.

Remarkably, they still finished the race 1-2, after the both expertly drove through their respective four-wheel slides.

Hornaday was attempting to pass for the lead, when he lost it at the entrance to Turn 3, slid up into Sauter and turned both trucks at 45 degree angles. Yet somehow, both saved their sliding trucks, as Sauter’s No. 13 ThorSport Chevrolet Silverado held on to prevail over the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy driven by four-time NCWTS champ Hornaday.

The Sauter/Hornaday save is one of the nominees in the category of “Best Move” in this year’s fifth annual SPEED Performance Awards. To vote for this entry or any of the the other nominees, click here:

Fans can vote on nine categories, including the RACER Magazine Rookie of the Year. The remaining categories for fan-selected SPEED Performance Awards include Best Move, Biggest Hit, Best Rivalry, Oops, Best Finish, Best Comeback, Temper Temper and Biggest Upset.

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Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.