Sauter said he didn't blame King and suspected that King was himself pushed into the collision by Todd Bodine running further back. "He's known for driving a little bit over his head at places like this," was Sauter's view of Bodine.
"Daytona has been an Achilles heel for me," sighed Sauter. "For whatever reason in the truck series, it's just impossible for me to get to the finish. I had no expectations of winning the race."
King was in the lead for the next restart following the red flag for a clean-up, and the third attempt to end the race saw Buescher promptly get turned sideways by contact from Ron Hornaday. Buescher's car then launched Joey Coulter into the air and into the catchfence before the #22 landed in a twisted wreck with sparks flying. Coulter was able to walk away uninjured from the frightening incident, but two fans were treated for minor injuries after being hit by flying debris.
The three green-white-chequered restarts meant that the race had run nine laps longer than planned. With no more green-white-chequereds permitted under the rules, the field was frozen and the race finally ended under caution, with King in the lead ahead of his Red Horse Racing team mate Timothy Peters who had provided a big push at the crucial moment to get him to the front.
"A great night for Red Horse Racing," said Peters. "It was an action-packed night and we were fortunate to keep our nose clean."
"The guys did a fantastic job ... They play well together," was team owner Tom DeLoach's verdict. "They played the game the way they were supposed to play the game. Ran hard. Kind of anticipated what they needed to do and never quit digging," he said, adding: "They do a fantastic job."
Full race results available.