Sauter Hopes To Revist Homestead Success

If history truly does repeat itself, then Johnny Sauter is in prime position to finish the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season on a high note. The Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records driver has made seven NCWTS starts at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway since 2003, amassing one win (2011), two top-five and four top-10 finishes. In a season that’s been highlighted with highs and lows, the ThorSport Racing driver would like nothing more than to capitalize on his south Florida success and finish his sixth full-time season on a high note by revisiting victory lane on Friday night.

Sounding off – Johnny Sauter:
“Homestead is one of those tracks that I seem to forget about when people ask me to name my favorite racetracks. For some reason, maybe because it’s late in the year, it’s just one of those race tracks that don’t come to mind right away. When you look at it on the schedule, you immediately say, ‘Yeah, that’s a fun track.’ Being so competitive there doesn’t hurt how I feel about it either. It’s so much fun because you have options – you can really race anywhere around the race track – from top to bottom, wherever you have to go. So, there’s no way I couldn’t say that Homestead isn’t one of my top-five favorite tracks because I just like the race track and the way it’s laid out.”

Sauter’s Homestead-Miami Speedway Stats:
• Seven NCWTS starts since 2003 including one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes
• One win (2011)
• 64 Laps Led
• 842 of 945 laps completed (89.1%)
• Best start: 2nd (2013)
• Average start: 12.6
• Average finish: 12.6
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks:
  º Second in Fastest Laps Run (50)
  º Third in Laps Led (64)
  º Fourth in Laps in Top 15 (680)
  º Sixth in Driver Rating (103.4)
  º Eighth in Average Running Position (8.597)

Johnny Sauter at Homestead:

Series Races wins Top-5 Top-10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
NCWTS 7 1 2 4 0 842/945 64 12.6 12.6
NNS 6 0 0 1 0 1104/1203 0 25.0 20.8
NSCS 1 0 0 0 0 157/267 0 22.0 41.0

Sauter’s Homestead-Miami Speedway NCWTS Performance Profile:

Date Start Finish Laps Status Led
2003 31 33 32/134 Engine 0
2005 28 20 133/134 Running 0
2009 9 9 136/136 Running 0
2010 3 3 134/134 Running 14
2011 5 1 119/119 Running 44
2012 10 6 140/140 Running 4
2013 2 16 148/148 Running 2

Johnny Sauter 2014:
• After a ninth-place finish at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Sauter remains fourth in the NCWTS driver point standings, 59 markers behind series point leader and teammate Matt Crafton
• Was victorious for the first time in 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (8/15/14)
• Recorded a season-best first-place start at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet when qualifying was cancelled due to weather and the field was set based on the 2014 NCWTS rule book (9/12/14)
• In 21 starts this season, Sauter has one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes
• Has led 154 laps
• Has completed 2999 of 3156 laps attempted (95.0%)
• Average start: 8.8
• Average finish: 9.2
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks:
  º Third in Laps in Top 15 (2816)
  º Fourth in Average Running Position (8.862)
  º Fourth in Driver Rating (95.2)
  º Sixth in Laps Led (154)

Sauter’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 151 starts since 2003
• 10 wins
• 56 top-five finishes
• 85 top-10 finishes
• Five poles
• 22,751 laps completed
• 1159 laps led
• Average start: 10.6
• Average finish: 11.0

ABOUT NEXTANT AEROSPACE:
Nextant Aerospace is recognized as the first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The Nextant 400XTi is a completely-rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite. The new aircraft also has major aerodynamic enhancements and an improved engine mounting configuration with redesigned nacelles and pylons. The 400XTi is delivered with a two-year full-aircraft warranty and after-sales support provided by a global network of owned and authorized service centers. Founded in 2007, Nextant is based in Cleveland, Ohio. Nextant is a Directional Aviation Capital company. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @NextantAero or join us on LinkedIn.

ABOUT CURB RECORDS:
Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 375 Billboard number one records, nearly 1,200 Billboard Top Ten records and charted just under 4,000 Billboard records. Today’s roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records was honored as Billboard Magazine’s 2001 Country Music Label of the Year and Radio & Records Magazine’s 2005 Overall Gold Label of the Year. For more information visit www.curb.com.

ABOUT THORSPORT RACING:
ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has run in the Truck Series since 1996, in 2014 will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by 2013 drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra driven by Jeb Burton in the Truck Series and the No. 13 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

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