Sauter Hopes to Find His Way Back to Victory Lane in Chicago

Sep 11, 2014

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The Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. is not only the site of race No. 15 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval is also the site of Johnny Sauter’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series win in 2002. In fact, Sauter is one of only two drivers entered in Friday night’s 150-lap event that has a win in the “Windy City.” With a seven point lead on second-place Matt Crafton in the NCWTS championship point battle, can the ThorSport Racing driver find his way back to victory lane Friday night and increase his point lead with only eight races remaining on the 2014 schedule? You will have to tune-in to FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET to find out!

Sauter’s Chicagoland Speedway Schedule & Results:

Date Series Start Finish Laps Status Led
7/13/2002 Nationwide 20 1 200/200 Running 48
8/28/2009 Trucks 11 5 150/150 Running 0
8/27/2010 Trucks 5 4 154/154 Running 0
9/16/2011 Trucks 13 6 150/150 Running 2
7/21/2012 Trucks 15 22 149/150 Running 0
9/13/2013 Trucks 14 10 150/150 Running 0

Sounding off – Johnny Sauter:
“Chicago is a tough place to get ahold of. The track really makes you work to find the fast way around, but depending on the temperature it has a way of developing multiple grooves. Your job as a driver is to work with your crew chief to find the best setup to make the truck work like it needs to on the long run. Things have been touch and go for us there in the trucks, but we’ve been quick there in the past and our stuff is usually pretty good on the intermediate tracks. I’ve liked the track from the first time I got on it and I won my first Nationwide Series race there in 2002, so I’m looking forward to getting back there this weekend.”

Sauter’s Windy City Stats:
• Five starts
• Two top-five finishes
• One of three drivers to have four top-10 finishes
• 753 of 754 laps completed (99.9%)
• Two laps led
• Best start: Fifth (2010)
• Best finish: Fourth (2011)
• Average start: 11.6
• Average finish: 9.4
• Sauter is one of seven drivers to compete in all five NCWTS race run at Chicagoland Speedway
• The ThorSport Racing driver is one of only three drivers entered in Friday night’s event to have four top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile D-shaped Tri-oval

Johnny Sauter 2014:
• After an eighth-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, Sauter remains first in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings, seven points ahead of ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton
• Was victorious for the first time in 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (8/15/14)
• Recorded a season-best third-place start at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (5/9/14)
• In 14 starts in 2014, Sauter has one win, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes
• Has led 89 laps in the 2014 season thus far
• Has completed 2028 of 2112 laps attempted (96.0%)
• 2014 marks Sauters sixth full-time season in the NCWTS. In five previous seasons, the ThorSport Racing driver has never entered the last eight races on the NCWTS schedule with the point lead
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks
  º Third in Laps in the Top 15 (611)
  º 10th in Average Running Position (10.707)
  º 10th in Driver Rating (90.0)

Sauter’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 144 starts since 2003
• 10 wins
• 55 top-five finishes
• 82 top-10 finishes
• Five poles
• 21,780 laps completed
• 1094 laps led
• Average start: 10.6
• Average finish: 10.8

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