NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Driver Johnny Sauter:


Johnny Sauter began racing in 1996, after fulfilling a promise he made to his father, short-track racer Jim Sauter, to finish high school before he started his career. The Necedah, Wisconsin native joined the American Speed Association (ASA) in 1998. In 2001, led by crew chief Joe Shear, Jr., Sauter was named ASA Champion and Rookie of the Year with a record 10 wins.

That same year he made his first start in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). He shared the ride for the 2003 season, winning the NXS Owners Championship. Sauter also made his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series (NMECS) debut and his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) debut that year.

Sauter moved to the NGOTS full-time in 2009 and earned his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that year. In 2016, Sauter claimed his first NGOTS Championship following a season which included three wins, one pole, 12 top fives and a career-high 19 top-ten finishes.

Sauter continued to earn his place in the record books in 2017 and 2018, winning 10 additional races and securing championship four berths in both seasons; becoming the only driver in the series to appear in all three championship battles since the inception of the Chase format

Like a true real racer, Sauter continues to compete on a local level in his home state of Wisconsin, where he resides with his wife Cortney and their four children.

Career Highlights:


  • Won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s championship in his 8th full season in the series


  • Earned a win at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, extending his win streak to six consecutive seasons


  • Tied a NASCAR national series record by winning the first two races of the season
  • Recorded a career-best three wins highlighted by a superspeedway sweep (Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway)


  • Finished a career-best second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings
  • First career multi-win season with wins at Martinsville Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Led career-high 373 laps


  • Earned a career-high 14 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes


  • First full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • Won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year award, backed by his first series victory


  • Won his first NASCAR Xfinity race and pole as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender



Hometown: Necedah, WI
Birthdate: May 1, 1978
Residence: DeForest, WI
Marital Status: Married to Cortney
Children: Penn, Paige, Anne & Alice



• 260 starts
• 24 wins
• 105 top-5 finishes
• 164 top-10 finishes
• 7 poles
• 38,584 laps completed
• 2,523 laps led
• Average start: 9.7
• Average finish: 9.8