Johnny Sauter – NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Driver:
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. He shared the ride for the 2003 season, winning the Xfinity Owners Championship. Sauter also made his NASCAR Cup Series debut and his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut that year.
Sauter moved to the Trucks full-time in 2009 and earned his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that year. In 2016, Sauter claimed his first series driver’s 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.
Hometown: Necedah, WI
Birthdate: May 1, 1978
Residence: DeForest, WI
Marital Status: Married to Cortney
Children: Penn, Paige, Anne & Alice
2016 Series Champion
First Full-time Season: 2009
Pole Positions: 9
Laps Led: 2,671