Milestone star has Sauter seeking St. Louis victory

Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra will make his 160th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in Saturday's Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park. The NCWTS veteran finds himself fourth in the series' driver point standings going into the eighth race on the 2015 schedule. With three top-five and six top-10 finishes, Sauter's season has been characterized with highs and lows, but his most recent trip to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, that included a strong showing in both NCWTS practices, a season-best fourth-place start, and a fourth-place finish, has the Necedah, Wisc. native optimistic about his return trip to Gateway, a track he loves, this weekend.  

 

Making his fourth career start at the unique 1.25-mile track outside St. Louis, the ThorSport Racing driver has completed every lap of competition, has never finished outside the top-five, and leads all active drivers with an average finish of 3.0. In 2014, the short-track racing king from Wisconsin started 13th and muscled his way through the field, with a tight Toyota Tundra, to finish fourth.

 

For a driver that loves short-track racing, and has the stats to prove it, the eighth stop on the 2015 NCWTS schedule at Gateway Motorsports Park, could be just the place to for Sauter to "arch" his way into victory lane for the first time this season.  

 

Sounding Off - Johnny Sauter:

"I'm a short-track guy and I'll be the first one to admit that I love short-track racing," Sauter said. "Even though Gateway's a mile-and-a-quarter it races like a short track and I think every competitor you talk to would tell you the same thing. Last year we struggled with a tight condition and never really overcame it, which I couldn't explain. We started mid-pack, but we caught a caution at the right time. We were coming down pit road when the caution came out, during green flag stops, and I just kept going, which ended up being the right call. It enabled me to make a stop under the caution and we gained some track position, which was key. We made some pretty big adjustments there and just persevered. We ended up with a good night, but it was pretty eventful, to say the least."

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