In nine races this season, the series has visited five intermediate-style tracks. Sauter, who has four top-five finishes to his credit this season, has scored three of his top-five finishes on intermediate tracks - Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS (3rd), Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park (3rd), and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (4th). Across all five starts, the ThorSport Racing driver has an average finish of 6.3.
With eight starts at Kentucky Speedway since 2009, including one top-five and four top-10 finishes, you can be sure that the NCWTS veteran will be a hot ticket for the win on Thursday night.
Sounding Off - Johnny Sauter:
"I'm excited to get back to Kentucky; it's been a good race track for us. I know it looks like a mile-and-a-half, but it races totally different. There is just something about the race track that is so unique. I don't know if it's how they built the track or whatever, but the way the banking picks you up, and loads you up in the turns, it just feels different. It's kind of flat in three and four, and it's just a totally different animal from the driver's seat, and being as rough as it is changes that a little bit too. It's just a unique place. Kentucky is just totally different."
"The front straightaway is totally round - you never do get a chance to go straight. Turn one you can drive in way deeper than you think you can, and then the banking will pick you up. Then in three and four you try it again and you about spin out - it's really flat over there."