Sauter is Rock Solid at the ‘Magic Mile”

Sep 18, 2014

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Known as the “Granite State,” Johnny Sauter has a rock solid record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon – site of race 16 on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule. With a combined 15 starts across NASCAR’s top-three touring divisions, the Nextant Aerospace Toyota Tundra driver has three starts at the 1.058-mile oval in the NCWTS, including two top-five and three top-10 finishes. In fact, Sauter has the best average finish (5.7) of all active NCWTS drivers entered in Saturday’s UNOH 175.

After a 14th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet last weekend, which left the ThorSport Racing driver second in points entering this weekend’s event, the “Magic Mile” could be just what the Necedah, Wisc. native needs to get back atop of the standings and on his way to claiming his first NCWTS title in his sixth full-time season.

Sounding off – Johnny Sauter:
“New Hampshire is an awesome place to race – it’s short track racing at its best, and I’m a short track racing kind of guy. We use a lot of brakes and wear out the tires, and anyone that knows me, knows I love the tires falling off and sliding and banging. The key to success there is a good handling truck first and foremost. The turns are tight and you have to drive it in straight and point it through to the center, and you need to lay the power down to get down the long straightaways. It’s always a challenge to find the right balance. If you have a truck that handles through the corners and get that forward bite on exit you will have a chance to win. I’ve always run well there in the trucks, even Nationwide and Cup, so I’m stoked to get back there this weekend.”

Johnny Sauter’S Loudon Stats:
• Three NCWTS starts between 2009 and 2011 including two top-five and three top-10 finishes
• According to NASCAR’S Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks:
  º Fourth in Average Running Position (7.118)
  º Fourth in Driver Rating (103.1)
  º Fourth in Laps in the Top 15 (541)
• Five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts between 2002 and 2006 including two laps led (2003) and one top-10 finish (2006)
• Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts between 2003 and 2013

Johnny Sauter at Loudon:

Series Races wins Top-5 Top-10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
NCWTS 3 0 2 3 0 550/550 0 9.3 5.7
NNS 5 0 0 1 0 972/1001 2 19.8 19.4
NSCS 7 0 0 0 0 1878/2084 0 33.1 28.0

Johnny Sauter’s Loudon NCWTS Performance Profile:

Date Series Start Finish Laps Status Led
2009 NCWTS 7 5 200/200 Running 0
2010 NCWTS 7 7 175/175 Running 0
2011 NCWTS 14 5 175/175 Running 0

Johnny Sauter 2014:
• After a 14th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Sauter fell to second in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings, five markers behind leader and 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 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 15 starts in 2014, Sauter has one win, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes
• Has led 113 laps
• Has completed 2177 of 2262 laps attempted (96.2%)
• Average start: 7.6
• Average finish: 7.5
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Johnny Sauter ranks:
  º Second in Laps in the Top 15 (2040)
  º Third in Average Running Position (7.793)
  º Fourth in Driver Rating (98.0)
  º Seventh among Laps Led (113)

Johnny Sauter’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 145 starts since 2003
• 10 wins
• 55 top-five finishes
• 82 top-10 finishes
• Five poles
• 21,929 laps completed
• 1118 laps led
• Average start: 10.6
• Average finish: 10.9

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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.