Gander Outdoor Truck Series

Handy: Can Anyone Stop Sauter From Winning the Championship?


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season won’t conclude until mid-November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but one thing is already clear.

Veteran driver, Johnny Sauter who pilots the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing is the one to beat for the 2018 NCWTS Championship.

Sauter is no stranger to a championship in the series having won it back in 2016 while also winning 3 races in the series.

He followed up that success a year later by finishing second in the standings to Christopher Bell in 2017 and capturing 4 wins.

The 40-year old Wisconsin native is having quite the 2018 and the question is, can anyone stop him from claiming his second NCWTS Championship?

In eight starts this season, Sauter has 4 wins, 7 top-5’s, and 7 top-10 finishes to go along with 324 laps led.

Sauter and his No. 21 found victory lane on Friday evening in the PPG 400 from Texas Motor Speedway for his fourth victory of the season, and fifth victory at TMS.

“The pit crew was flawless, as always,” said Sauter, who is also the current points leader in the series.

This season Sauter has won 6 of the last 11 races, he’s had a top-3 finish in the last 10 of 12 races and has finished in the top-10 in the last 32 stages.

His resume on the 1.5-mile tracks is equally impressive, with his victory at Texas, Sauter now has 21 consecutive top-10 finishes on mile and a half tracks.


The NCWTS is headed to Iowa Speedway on Saturday June 16 for the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store.

Iowa is a track that Sauter has yet to win at in the truck series, but he has a good track record nonetheless.

In 11 starts at the track he has 7 top-5’s, 8 top-10’s, and has led 110 laps.

Can Sauter capture his fifth victory of the season and first at Iowa come Saturday? I’d say it’s a very good possibility with the season both team and driver are having.

Sauter and his GMS Racing team have a ton of momentum on their side and will look to capture back-to-back victories come Saturday.

If you were to ask me right now who the 2018 NCWTS Champion will be in November, I’d tell you Johnny Sauter. However, we will have to wait until the last lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway to see if I’m correct.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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