Sauter interacting with fans in 2014
May 1, 1978 |
|Achievements||2001 ASA National Tour Champion|
|Awards||2009 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2001 ASA National Tour Rookie of the Year
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|85 races run over 11 years|
|Best finish||30th (2007)|
|First race||2003 Tropicana 400 (Chicago)|
|Last race||2015 Daytona 500 (Daytona)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|205 races run over 11 years|
|Best finish||8th (2003, 2006)|
|First race||2001 Autolite / Fram 250 (Richmond)|
|Last race||2014 Subway Firecracker 250 (Daytona)|
|First win||2002 Tropicana Twister 300 (Chicago)|
|Last win||2005 SBC 250 (Milwaukee)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|186 races run over 13 years|
|Truck no., team||No. 21 (GMS Racing)|
|Best finish||2nd (2011)|
|First race||2003 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)|
|Last race||2016 Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)|
|First win||2009 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)|
|Last win||2016 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)|
|Statistics current as of July 20, 2016.|
Jonathan Joseph "Johnny" Sauter (born May 1, 1978) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Sauter is the son of former NASCAR driver Jim Sauter, the brother of NASCAR drivers Tim Sauter and Jay Sauter, and the uncle of Travis Sauter. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing.
After graduating high school in 1996, Sauter began competing in various amateur series throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. By the end of 1997, Sauter had collected three wins in the Sportsman Division at Dells Raceway Park and a win in the Late Model Division at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Sauter then joined the American Speed Association Series in 1998. By 2001, he was the ASA Series Champion.
In 2001, following Sauter's ASA Championship, Richard Childress Racing invited him to drive the #21 Rockwell Automation-sponsored Chevrolet in five Busch Series races. Sauter finished in the Top 15 in three of his five Busch starts, including a fifth-place finish in the AutoLite Fram 250 at Richmond, which was his first start in the series.
In 2002, Childress hired Sauter to run a full Busch Series schedule in the #2 AC Delco-sponsored Chevrolet. He notched five Top 10 finishes, including his first Busch Series win in the Tropicana Twister 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway, despite skipping one race. Sauter was involved in one of the biggest accidents in NASCAR history in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega, where 33 of 43 cars were involved, and 15 of them were taken out of the race. In 2003, Sauter drove for Childress Racing and the Curb Agajanian Performance Group in the Busch Series, piloting the #21 PayDay-sponsored Chevrolet and the #43 Channellock/Curb Records-sponsored Chevrolet. He captured fourteen top-10 finishes in 34 Busch Series starts, including a win at Richmond in the #43. Sauter finished the 2003 season 8th in the driver standings and, together with Kevin Harvick, led the #21 car to the owners' points championship.
During the 2003 season, Sauter also made his Winston Cup debut, driving the #4 Kodak Easy Share-sponsored Pontiac Grand Prix for five races with Morgan-McClure Motorsports. His best start in five races was a 23rd at Loudon, and he also missed a race at Kansas Speedway. He also ran three races in the Craftsman Truck Series for Fasscore Motorsports, and had a tenth-place run at Richmond. Childress hired Sauter to drive the #30 AOL-sponsored Chevrolet in Winston Cup full-time in 2004. After thirteen races, he was replaced by Dave Blaney, but later attempted two races in Childress' #33 car, but did not qualify for either of them. Towards the end of the season, he began running the #09 Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts-sponsored Dodge Intrepid for Phoenix Racing, and had a best finish of 29th. He also ran a full Busch schedule with Brewco Motorsports that season, driving the #27 Kleenex-sponsored Pontiac to an eighteenth-place points finish.
Sauter joined Phoenix full-time in 2005, with Yellow Transportation becoming the team's primary sponsor. He had eleven top-ten finishes and a win at his home track at Milwaukee, and improved his position in points to twelfth for the year. He and Phoenix also competed in ten Cup races, posting a ninth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
After the 2005 season, Sauter and Yellow moved to the #00 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet for the next season. He had one pole and nine top-tens, and tied his best finish of eighth in series points. He made one Cup start that season that year at the Coca-Cola 600, and finished 24th. He moved up to a new Cup team for a new team for Haas, the #70, in 2007. Driving with sponsorships from Yellow, Best Buy, Haas Automation, and Radioactive Energy Drink, Sauter had two Top 10's but finished 30th in points. He competed in six Busch races that year with Jay Robinson Racing, but could not finish higher than 23rd.
Sauter was dropped from the #70 after the season, and rejoined Phoenix Racing for the 2008 season, where he was released after five races. He has since spent time as a substitute driver for many teams, starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he was unable to qualify the #21 McKee Foods-sponsored Ford. He soon returned to Haas to drive several races in their #70, with a best finish of 20th, as well as attempting several races for John Carter. After one-off starts for Fitz Motorsports and Bob Schact in the Nationwide Series, he drove for Curb Agajanian Performance Group and Derrike Cope Racing, but did not complete a race for either team. He also drove one Truck race at Martinsville for SS-Green Light Racing. Sauter returned to the trucks in 2009, replacing Shelby Howard in the #13 FunSand-sponsored truck for ThorSport Racing in association with Cary Agajanian. Sauter won his first ever Truck Series race at the Las Vegas, holding off teammate Matt Crafton for the win. Sauter beat Tayler Malsam in the NASCAR Rookie of the Year standings. For 2010, Sauter attempted the #35 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing for 3 races and took over the #36 ride after Phoenix with little success. He also drove some late-season races for Prism Motorsports in the #66 Toyota. He picked up his second career truck win in 2010 at Kansas after a late race collision and save with Ron Hornaday, Jr..
Sauter grabbed his 3rd career victory at Martinsville in 2011, battling Kyle Busch on the last lap. Despite winning the season-finale at the Ford 200, he lost the championship to Austin Dillon by 6 points.
In 2013, Sauter started the season with his first win at Daytona International Speedway in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. It was also Toyota's 100th Camping World Truck Series win. On April 6, Sauter won the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. It was only the second time in Truck Series history that someone has won back-to-back season opening wins since Mark Martin did it in 2006.
While competing full-time in the Truck Series, Sauter raced several times in his home state of Wisconsin in 2015. He appeared at the Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway, won an ARCA Midwest Tour race at Madison International Speedway, the Larry Detjens Memorial Race at State Park Speedway, and set a new Super Late Model track record at an ARCA Midwest Tour race at Wisconsin International Raceway.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|2004||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||21||26|
|2007||Haas CNC Racing||Chevrolet||41||16|
Camping World Truck Series
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
- "Sauter does his best, but Dillon claims Truck title". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. November 21, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- "Johnny Sauter finds redemption in truck win at Texas". Sporting News. June 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- Spencer, Reid (February 22, 2013). "Sauter Triumph Gives Toyota 100Th Trucks Win". NASCAR. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- Kallman, Dave. "Dennis Prunty finishes strong at Slinger Nationals". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- "Weekly racing winners". Wisconsin Asphalt Racing News. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- Knight, Chris (October 15, 2015). "Johnny Sauter Finds New Home In Trucks With GMS Racing In 2016". Catchfence. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
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