Gander Outdoor Truck Series

NGOTS: Johnny Sauter Looks to Capture Back-to-Back Wins at Charlotte


NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ThorSport driver Johnny Sauter will look to capture back-to-back victories at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway this Friday evening.

Sauter captured his first victory at the track last season in what is considered a home track now for many drivers since most reside in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

The victory last May was Sauter’s third of the season and as expected, he was ecstatic.

“We won at Charlotte! This is the biggest of my life.” Sauter would say on the radio after crossing the finish line.

“This is a tough place. Everyone wants to win here. I never thought I’d win here. To win this race is just super special. I never thought 40 (years old) would be so good. This is the biggest race of my career, and I’ve won a lot of big races. We kept making adjustments on the truck all night and made it better and better.” Sauter said.

Sauter found victory lane just two weeks ago at Dover International Speedway in the JEGS 300 for his third straight victory at The Monster Mile and first victory of the 2019 season thus far.

Sauter returned to ThorSport this season after spending time with GMS Racing a season ago.

“When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove. I have to thank team owners, Duke and Rhonda Thorson most importantly. A couple months ago I didn’t know if I’d be racing.” Sauter said.

The 41-year old Wisconsin native will look to carry momentum into Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

Charlotte has been a good track for the veteran driver, even with only one lone victory he has earned 3 top-5’s and 5 top-10 finishes in 10 starts.

It’s important to note that while the season opener at Daytona International Speedway was a tough race for driver and team finishing 23rd and Kansas Speedway last weekend with a finish of 22nd, the rest of the season has been very promising for the veteran driver.

Sauter has racked up finishes of 2nd (Atlanta), 8th (Las Vegas), 9th (Martinsville), 3rd (Texas), 1st (Victory at Dover), 22nd (Kansas), all leading up to this week’s 8th event of the season and sits 2nd in the series standings.

With an average start of 9.9 and an average finish of 9.7, Sauter is bound to be a threat come Friday and throughout the season.

The 2016 Camping World Truck Series Champion will look to stay focused and continue to run well in hopes of capturing his second Truck Championship come Homestead in November.

Fantasy Note: Sauter qualified qualified his No. 13 Ford to a 12th place starting spot. He finished first practice in the 15th position and final practice in the 20th position.

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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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