Sauter Set for 2nd Annual Track Series Event in Canada

Aug 30, 2014

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Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, has made seven road-course starts across NASCAR’s top three divisions since 2005 including, two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007, four starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2005 and 2006, and one start in last year’s inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. While the ThorSport Racing driver has been quoted as “loving road course racing,” he classifies himself as being “ok” at making the left and right turns. In fact, Sauter started third and finished a career-best sixth in his third career NASCAR Nationwide Series road course event in 2006 in Mexico City. The NCWTS championship point leader hopes his team’s full-day test session, at a local track in Ohio, in preparation for the 2nd annual event, and his former road course racing experience will pay dividends in his quest for his first Truck Series crown.

NASCAR Road Course Racing Experience:

Series Year Track Distance Start Finish Laps Status Led
Nationwide 2005 Mexico City 2.518-mile 29 11 80/80 Running 0
Nationwide 2005 Watkins Glen 2.450-mile 27 43 31/82 Engine 0
Nationwide 2006 Mexico City 2.518-mile 3 6 80/80 Running 0
Nationwide 2006 Watkins Glen 2.450-mile 32 19 83/83 Running 0
Sprint Cup 2007 Sonoma 1.990-mile 34 31 110/110 Running 0
Sprint Cup 2007 Watkins Glen 2.450-mile 34 23 90/90 Running 0
Truck Series 2013 CTMP 2.518-mile 16 28 34/64 Gas Line 0

Sounding Off – Johnny Sauter:
“Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a cool place. Obviously, very fast — that’s what I remember taking away from there last year. We unfortunately had trouble with our fuel cable on lap two of the race and fought that the rest of the day, so I didn’t really have an opportunity to race a whole lot. I didn’t think I was the greatest and I still don’t think I’m the greatest road racer, but I’ve had some decent days on road courses in the past, so if we unload pretty decent then I think we’ll be in good shape. I’m looking forward to getting there and it’s something that’s unique and something we don’t get to do a lot in the Truck Series. From what I saw, it got pretty crazy last year, but it’s a cool race track and I remember the crowd and the whole atmosphere being pretty awesome.”

Sauter’s Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Stats:
• One start (2013)
• Started: 16th
• Finished: 28th
• 34 of 64 laps completed (53.1%)
• Status: Gas line
• 0 laps led

Johnny Sauter 2014:
• After a fifth-place finish in the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Sauter remains first in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings, eight 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 13 starts in 2014, Sauter has one win, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes
• Has led 85 laps
• Has completed 1964 of 2048 laps attempted (95.9%)
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Sauter ranks:
  º Second in Laps in the Top 15 (1836)
  º Third in Average Running Position (7.863)
  º Fourth in Driver Rating (98.2)

Sauter’s Career Truck Series Stats:
• 143 starts since 2003
• 10 wins
• 55 top-five finishes
• 81 top-10 finishes
• Five poles
• 21,716 laps completed
• 1090 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.