Sauter Ready to Roll the Dice in Vegas

Sep 26, 2014

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Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, is in the hunt for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) title in six seasons of competition. After leading the point standings for five weeks this season, Sauter trails teammate Matt Crafton by seven markers going into Saturday night’s Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Fortunately for Sauter, race No. 17 on the 2014 schedule is at a track he knows well, the site of his first NCWTS win in 2009. In fact, the ThorSport Racing driver has four top-five finishes in five starts at the 1.5 mile oval, ranking him third overall in Average Running Position (6.5) and second among drivers entered in Saturday’s 146-lap race. With a win already this season on an intermediate track, and six career wins overall on intermediate tracks, Sauter hopes to roll the dice in Vegas and regain his position atop the standings in his quest for his first series title.

Sounding off – Johnny Sauter:
“The track has become a lot more ‘racier.’ The groove has widened out, and I think a lot of that has to do with the bumps over the tunnel, getting into Turn 1 – it’s kind of forced your hand to have to move around the race track quite a bit. Like any race track, when they get some age on them, they typically race a lot better and put on a better show. It’s a cool place for me just because it’s where I got my first Truck Series win. I know it’s been a few years ago, but it’s just something you’ll never forget.”

Sauter’s Sin City Stats:
• Five NCWTS starts between 2009 and 2013 including one win, and four top-five finishes
• According to NASCAR’S Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks:
  º First in Fastest Laps Run (72)
  º Second in Driver Rating (112.3)
  º Third in Average Running Position (6.526)
  º Third in Laps in the Top 15 (687)
  º Fourth in Laps Led (55)
• Six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts between 2002 and 2008 including nine laps led (2004) and one top-five finish (2002)
• Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in 2004 and 2007

Johnny Sauter at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Series Races wins Top-5 Top-10 Pole Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
NCWTS 5 1 4 4 0 698/730 87 7.4 6.0
NNS 6 0 1 1 0 1179/1208 9 23.0 18.2
NSCS 2 0 0 0 0 413/534 0 31.0 31.5

Johnny Sauter’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway NCWTS Performance Profile:

Date Start Finish Laps Status Led
2009 2 1 146/146 Running 62
2010 4 2 146/146 Running 0
2011 4 4 146/146 Running 25
2012 11 21 114/146 Crash 0
2013 16 2 146/146 Running 0

• After a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Sauter remains second in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings, seven markers behind teammate and leader 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 16 starts in 2014, Sauter has one win, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes
• Has led 113 laps
• Has completed 2352 of 2437 laps attempted (96.5%)
• Average start: 8.2
• Average finish: 7.3
• According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks
  º Second in Laps in the Top 15 (2208)
  º Third in Average Running Position (7.927)
  º Fourth in Driver Rating (97.7)

[DRIVER NAME]’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 146 starts since 2003
• 10 wins
• 56 top-five finishes
• 83 top-10 finishes
• Five poles
• 22,104 laps completed
• 1118 laps led
• Average start: 10.6
• Average finish: 10.8

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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.