No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado
The goal for the No. 21 team at Atlanta was to bring home a solid finish at a track that isn’t at the top of Johnny Sauter’s list. The Necedah, Wis., native qualified sixth after comfortable practice runs the day before. The team focused on taking care of tires and staying up toward the front of the field. Sauter reported early on that he was lacking grip, but was concerned the track would loosen up as temperatures dropped. The No. 21 ran in the top 10 for all 130 laps, battling with teammates Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman throughout the day. A late caution with four laps remaining gave Sauter a shot at the win, but he ultimately crossed the line in the third position for his best finish in seven starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“I’ve said many times that Atlanta is not one of my favorite tracks, but when you have a day like we had today there really isn’t much to complain about. I’m really proud of the adjustments our team made to try to keep up with the changing track. It’s not an easy thing to do when you have to also be concerned about tire wear. With that said, Joe Shear, Jr., and our Allegiant crew did a phenomenal job making sure we stayed up near the front and had a shot at a win after the way Daytona ended for us. I can honestly say today was a lot of fun and it was nice to have teammates right up there with me. That shows you just how far GMS Racing has come, that we’re able to put guys like Chase (Elliott) and Alex (Bowman) in our equipment and have them running in the top five or top 10 all day.”
– Sauter is tied for second in points, seven points behind leader and race winner Christopher Bell