Johnny Sauter

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Johnny Sauter
Johnny Sauter interacting with fans at Wisconsin International Raceway 2014.jpg
Sauter interacting with fans in 2014
BornJonathan Joseph Sauter
(1978-05-01) May 1, 1978 (age 41)
Necedah, Wisconsin
Achievements2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
2017 Oktoberfest winner
2001 ASA National Tour Champion
Awards2009 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2001 ASA National Tour Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
85 races run over 11 years
2015 position61st
Best finish30th (2007)
First race2003 Tropicana 400 (Chicago)
Last race2015 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
222 races run over 15 years
Truck no., teamNo. 21 (GMS Racing)
2017 position2nd
Best finish1st (2016)
First race2003 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Last race2018 Stratosphere 200 (Las Vegas)
First win2009 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Last win2018 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
18 140 6
Statistics current as of November 17, 2017.

Jonathan Joseph "Johnny" Sauter is an American racecar driver. He currently drives in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 98 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing. Sauter won the 2016 Camping World Truck Series championship.

Racing career[change | change source]

Sauter gained national attention in 2001, when he won the ASA national Tour championship, when he won ten races.[1] That same year, he ran a partial NASCAR Busch Series schedule for Richard Childress Racing.[2] The following year, he ran a full season and earned his first win at Chicagoland Speedway.[3] Sauter was also involved in one of the biggest crashes in NASCAR history, a thirty-plus car accident at Talladega Superspeedway.[4] In 2003, Sauter split time between RCR and the Curb Agajanian team, driving 15 races for Curb and the other 19 for RCR.[5] He also raced in his first five Winston Cup Series races with Morgan-McClure Motorsports.[6]

In between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Sauter signed with RCR to run the full Cup schedule and also with Brewco Motorsports to run the full Busch Series schedule.[7] He joined teammates Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon and crew chief Kevin Hamlin at RCR.[8] Sauter ran the full Busch schedule, performing well on short tracks.[9] However, he was released after thirteen Cup races.[10]

After moving from ThorSport Racing to GMS Racing before 2016,[11] Sauter won the 2016 Truck championship.[12] During the 2017 season, he was the first driver to test a standard engine for the Truck Series.[13]

On the day of the last race of 2017, Sauter said that he would return to GMS in 2018.[14]

Personal life[change | change source]

Sauter is married with kids.[1] He was born and raised in Necedah, Wisconsin[15] and is a lifelong Catholic.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Staff, SPEED SPORT (2011-04-13). "Sauter Is A Product Of Old ASA | SPEED SPORT". SPEED SPORT. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  2. "BUSCH: Johnny Sauter gets Childress ride for 2002". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  3. "Driver Johnny Sauter 2002 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  4. "Horrifying NASCAR crashes". 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  5. "BUSCH: Curb Agajanian sign Johnny Sauter". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  6. "Driver Johnny Sauter 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  7. "Sauter partners with BREWCO and RCR for 2004". Crash. 2003-12-10. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  8. Press, Associated. "Sauter to drive for Childress in 2004 | chronicle.augusta.com". chronicle.augusta.com. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  9. "Driver Johnny Sauter 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  10. "Sauter to make Cup return with RCR at RIR". Crash. 2004-09-10. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  11. "Johnny Sauter works to win races while helping build NASCAR truck team". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  12. "Opinion: Johnny Sauter silenced the critics with his first NASCAR Trucks Championship". Autoweek. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  13. "NASCAR Truck: Johnny Sauter tests spec engine at Talladega Superspeedway". Auto Racing Daily. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  14. "Johnny Sauter returning to GMS Racing next season". NASCAR Talk. 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  15. "Nascar Driver Johnny Sauter". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  16. Editor, ChurchPOP (2016-11-20). "NASCAR Champion Boldly Thanks "Blessed Mother & Sacred Heart of Jesus" | ChurchPOP". ChurchPOP. Retrieved 2018-02-15.