Kansas Motor Speedway Race Report

Johnny Sauter
No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado

Kansas Recap

Johnny Sauter qualified in the third position for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Kansas Speedway. Five cautions throughout the first 40 laps prevented Sauter from getting a good read on the handling of his No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet; however, he reported to his team that he was tight in traffic and asked for four tires and an adjustment to loosen him up for the next run.

Following his first visit to pit road on lap 42, he restarted eleventh with four fresh Goodyear tires, behind several drivers that pitted for just two. He quickly entered the top 10 as the field returned to green, but his handling became too free and he was not able to advance his position into the top five until 10 laps before the end of the second stage at lap 80. Sauter started the final stage from fourth place. He remained in the top five for the final 87 laps, eventually advancing into the second position with less than five laps to go, but didn’t have enough time to catch the race winner. The Necedah, Wis., native brought home his fifth top-five result at Kansas Speedway and third consecutive top-three finish of the season-to-date.

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“I just felt like traffic was really tough to manage. My lap times would vary and if I caught a lap truck it was tough to keep momentum up and pass. I called for an adjustment to free it up and I should have known with my experience here that the track was going to free up as the night went on.  We were way too free the middle part of the race and we finally got it back to handling where we needed it to on the last run. Second’s good. I’m happy. Everybody at GMS is doing a great job. I felt coming in that we were going to be better than that but I put that on myself. So all-in-all a great night, truck’s in one piece and we’ll go on to Charlotte.

“I have nothing to complain about. I felt like we had the dominant truck at Daytona and probably the most dominant speedway racecar I’ve ever had in my entire life. Atlanta was great for us, we ran third, and Martinsville I felt like we had the truck to beat and pit strategy kind of nipped us in the bud a little. But we still finished second and we finished second tonight. So, I have nothing to hang my head at. The team is doing what they need to do. I feel like tonight was on me a little bit, I just didn’t give the right feedback and that’s the aggravating part. There’s definitely areas we can improve but we are in a good place and I’m happy about where we are.”

 

Additional Info

– Sauter continues to lead both the driver and owner point standings following the fourth race of the 2017 season