TMS pit stops: Truck Series’ Sauter, Manster to swap roles

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter and former Dallas Cowboys great and NFL Hall of Famer Randy White filmed a small episode of trading places that might best be titled The Manster Truck Show.

Actually, it’ll merely be a segment to run as part of Fox Sports 1’s Setup, a pre-race show that will advance the TMS trucks race in October.

The idea was for both to swap their best-known roles: Sauter, who won a trucks race at TMS in 2012, taught White how to drive a race car.

White, who would no doubt be a force in an over-50 contact football league, taught Sauter the art and science of being a football lineman.

Both are spokesmen for Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, a tobacco-free, nicotine-free chew that you put between your cheek and gum ... just a pinch.

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff is also a car sponsor for Sauter.

No prom, either

Introductions for the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 on Friday included the pomp and circumstance of a high school graduation. As planned, Erik Jones’ introduction as the driver of the No. 51 doubled as a ceremony to award him his online curriculumn diploma.

Given the choice of racing at TMS or going to his graduation, Jones, like any other racer, chose the race car.

“You’d have to know Erik,” said his father, Dave. “This is beyond his wildest dreams. He would have quit school in first grade to go racing if that would have been an option.”

Senior prom? “I don’t even know when it was. I kept racing.”

Jones will leave Texas for Wisconsin and compete in the ARCA Milwaukee Mile for late models this weekend.

In addition to his parents, Jones was joined Friday in Texas by his sister, grandmother and grandfather.

By the numbers

125 Track temperature in degrees for the start of IndyCar qualifying at 2 p.m. Friday, according to Firestone engineers.

179.677 Miles per hour needed to clock the top qualifying time (30.054 seconds) by WinStar World Casino 400 pole-sitter Justin Lofton.

218.896 Miles per hour needed to clock the top qualifying time by IndyCar Firestone 600 pole-sitter Will Power.

They said it

“It’s kind of like arguing with your wife ... it’s fun when you win. I think it’s a huge learning experience and can be frustrating from a competitive standpoint. But I like weekends like this when they’re not here. It gives us a chance to race a true truck race.”

— Joey Coulter, 23, a competitor on the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series — who is not married — on how he views Sprint Cup regulars racing on the circuit.

“I’m expecting it to be quite interesting. With more downforce, I think it’s going to be slightly more compact than last year, and hopefully the car is going to be quick. We’ll see what happens. You never know. The temperature makes a difference. Today it got warm for qualifying. I was worried how much downforce we had and how hot it was. I knew it was going to be tough out there in qualifying.”

— Justin Wilson, IndyCar competitor who qualified eighth for the Firestone 600 with a speed of 217.007 mph.

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