No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado
Sauter started Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 from the second position, working early on with teammates Spencer Gallagher and Kaz Grala to stay up front through an early caution and shuffling throughout the field. He led three times for 52 laps, including at the end of the first two stages. Sauter’s final stint as leader ended on lap 98 when he was overtaken and subsequently caught up in a last lap incident battling for the lead. The No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet was scored in the 15th position and second in points after the first event of the year.
“That is not the ending I wanted for my team and GMS Racing tonight. I’m not sure what I could have done differently, if I could have done anything differently. I thought we were good and I could break up what the 88 and 27 had going on but I must have misjudged and made a mistake. I hate it for this 21 team but next week is a new race and we’ll be just fine.”
– Sauter was declared the leader at the end of the first two segments, earning 20 additional points on the night and 2 bonus points toward the playoffs.
– As a result of dominating the majority of the race with his GMS Racing teammates, Sauter is second in points following the first race of the year.