In 2013, Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, was taken out prematurely, while running inside the top-15 and settled for a 29th-place finish. In 2014, the ThorSport Racing driver found his bearings, winning his heat race and starting fifth for the main feature. Running as high as third, Sauter was able to bring home a track-best eighth-place finish.
This year, Sauter, who is fourth in the 2015 NCWTS championship point standings, is looking for his first top-five finish at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night.
Sounding Off - Johnny Sauter:
"It's different, there's no doubt about that. Racing at Eldora brings so many challenges to the table. You never really know what to expect because the track is constantly changing. When you unload, the track is kind of tacky and you think to yourself, 'I feel good, I don't have any problems,' and then you go out five minutes later and you are so loose you can't even drive it. Last year I thought I got the hang of it. I won my heat race, but in the feature I was just way too loose. I think there are some things we need to look at from our perspective. We need to be able to make the throttle a little more manageable, but it's still gotta turn. That's the unique thing about dirt racing, there is a fine line between being able to drive the middle and having forward traction, that's for sure."