The American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. is not only the site of race No. 16 on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, the 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval is also the site of Johnny Sauter's first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2002. In fact, Sauter is one of only two drivers entered in Friday night's 150-lap event that has a win in the "Windy City."
Sauter, who will pilot the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra in the 7th annual event, is still looking for his first win of the 2015 season. The new dad, to Ms. Anne Louise Sauter, who was born on Thursday, September 3, is hoping he can find his way to victory lane on Friday night. If he can do so, the ThorSport Racing driver will extend his winning streak to seven consecutive NCWTS seasons. In fact, only three drivers have been able to do so in the 20-year history of the NCWTS (Todd Bodine, Kyle Busch, and Ron Hornaday, Jr.).
Sounding Off - Johnny Sauter:
"Chicagoland Speedway is one mile-and-a-half track that you don't ever feel like you're truly going straight down the straightaways. It's a really rough surface and it's progressively getting worse every year, making grip crucial. This track has kind of been an Achilles Heel for me. Last year I thought we had a great truck, started on the pole, led the first 30 laps thinking 'this is pretty good.' Then all of a sudden the wheels fell off the wagon, as they say. Handling is a premium and you have to make sure you've got it right, especially for the long haul."