Birthdate: May 1, 1978
Hometown: Necedah, Wis.
Resides: Mooresville, N.C.
Children: Penn Joseph, Paige, & Anne
Hobbies: family activities
2013 Driver Rating
No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota
Team: ThorSport Racing
Team Owners: Mike Curb, Duke Thorson and Rhonda Thorson
Crew Chief: Gene Wachtel
Engine Builder: Triad Racing Technologies
Career Starts: 130
Career Wins: 9
Career Poles: 5
Best Points Finish: 2nd (2011)
First Full Season: 2009
First Start: Aug. 20, 2003 (Bristol)
First Win: Sept. 26, 2009 (Las Vegas)
First Pole: June 5, 2009 (Texas-1)
Johnny Sauter has grown up in and around racing. One of twelve children, Sauter learned early on about creating his own possibilities. Although his father, legendary short track racer Jim Sauter, may have opened doors for him in racing, Sauter had to work to fund his racing efforts. Due to his father’s rule that he must finish high school before competing in the short track ranks in and around Wisconsin, Sauter’s competitive foray into the sport didn’t come until the summer after his high school graduation.
Sauter has competed at all of NASCAR’s elite levels – in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. He enters into his sixth consecutive season with ThorSport Racing owners Duke & Rhonda Thorson, and longtime supporter and friend Mike Curb and new sponsor NextantAerospace; after a sentimental win in Las Vegas and a Rookie-of-the-year title under his belt in 2009; third-place finish in points in 2010; dramatic second-place finish in driver points and wins to his credit in 2011; 2 consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the 2012 season and 3 wins in the 2013 season and the battle against teammate Matt Crafton for championship points . If history is any indication, the veteran driver’s future is looking bright for the 2014 NCWTS season.
• 2013: Career-best three wins highlighted by superspeedway sweep: Wins at Daytona and Talladega.
• 2013: Tied NASCAR national series record by winning first two races of season.
• 2011: Finished career-best second in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.
• 2009: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year.
• 2009: Won first career race, first two career poles as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie.
• 2003: Won NASCAR Nationwide Series owners’ championship for Richard Childress Racing as co-driver with Kevin Harvick.
• 2002: NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year runner-up while winning first series race and pole. • Has won poles and races in both NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Nationwide series.
• 2001: ASA national champion, Rookie of the Year, with record 10 wins.
YEAR-BY-YEAR NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RECAP
2013: Finished fourth in series points. … Fifth consecutive full season driving for ThorSport Racing, first in No. 98 Toyota and fifth consecutive year in top-10 in points. … Best start, fifth career pole, at Texas. … Average start, 12.5. … Best finish, three wins (Daytona, Martinsville-1, Talladega, which marked ThorSport’s first superspeedway wins), has won at least two races for three consecutive seasons, at least one for five straight. Average finish, 10.3. … Scored ThorSport’s third career one-two finish, with Matt Crafton at Martinsville-1. … Nine top-five, 14 top-10 finishes. … Completed 96.6 percent of laps attempted. … Led 62 laps.
2012: Finished ninth in series points. …. Fourth consecutive season for ThorSport Racing, first in No. 13 Toyota. … Best start, second at Kentucky-2. … Average start, 11th. … Won twice for second consecutive season, sweeping Texas races and continued four-year streak of winning at least one race per season. … Scored one-two finish with ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton at Texas-1. … Average finish, 13.8. … Six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. … Completed 95.7 percent of laps attempted. … 93 laps led.
2011: Finished career-best second in series points. … Raced third consecutive full season in No. 13 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet, with 11 top fives, 16 top 10s, the latter tying his career high. … Won poles at Martinsville-1, Kentucky-1. … Average start of 8.5 keyed by 16 top-10 starts. … Won twice in a season for first time in his NASCAR national series career, at Martinsville-1, Homestead-Miami. … Average finish of 9.4. … Completed career-best 98.5 percent of laps attempted, for second consecutive season running at finish of 24 of 25 races. … Led career-high 373 laps.
2010: Finished third in series points. … Raced second consecutive full season for owner Mike Curb in No. 13 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet, with 14 top fives, 16 top 10s; both career highs. … Raised driver rating by 13 points over 2009. … Won second career race, at Kansas. … Average finish 8.1. … Best start, second, at Kentucky. … Average start, 6.5, with only two races started outside the top 10 … Completed 97.4 percent of laps attempted, led 220 laps and finished on the lead lap in 23 of 25 races.
2009: Finished sixth in series points. … First full season with ThorSport Racing in No. 13 Chevrolet. … Won first series race, in his 19th career start, at Las Vegas, leading a race-high 62 laps. … Average finish, 11.5. … 13 top-10 finishes. … Scored ThorSport’s first career one-two finish, with Matt Crafton at Las Vegas. … Won first two career poles (Texas-1, Phoenix). … Average start 10.6. … Had six top fives in last 10 races of season. … Won Rookie of the Year Award. … Completed 97.8 percent of laps attempted, led 118 laps.
2008: Finished 87th in series points. Ran one race, Martinsville-2, for owner Ken Smith, finished 23rd on lead lap.
2006: Finished 57th in series points. … Ran two races for two owners, started third, finished 12th at The Milwaukee Mile, his home state track, in the No. 51 of owner Billy Ballew. 2005: Finished 59th in series points. … Ran three races for three owners, including 11th-place finish at Texas for Billy Ballew, an introduction to ThorSport with 20th place at Homestead finale.2004: Finished 54th in series points. … Finished every lap in two starts for owner Cary Agajanian, including second-place finish at Lucas Oil Raceway. 2003: Finished 69th in series points. … Ran three races in owner Chris Beckington’s No. 9 Ford. … Made series debut at Bristol. … career-first top-10 finish in second start, at Richmond.
PREVIOUS RACING HISTORY In 2013 made two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts for Phil Parsons Racing, at Michigan-2 and New Hampshire-2. … Continued to operate his own Super Late Model team he runs from a shop behind his home, in select special events throughout the season. … In 2012 made a single NASCAR Nationwide Series start as a fill-in for owner Joe Nemechek at Daytona-1. … Has 83 Sprint Cup Series starts, with a debut in 2003 for owner Larry McClure. … Highlights include Haas CNC Racing’s (currently Stewart-Haas Racing) first top-five finish, a fifth in 2007 at Richmond and finishing second in the 2007 Nextel Open that transferred him into the Nextel All-Star Race, where he finished sixth. … In 2005 became first Wisconsin-born driver to win a Nationwide Series race at The Milwaukee Mile, for owner James Finch. … Has 202 starts in the Nationwide Series, with a debut in 2001 with a fifth-place finish at Richmond for owner Richard Childress. … In 2003 won a Nationwide Series race for owner Mike Curb at Richmond-2 and that season teamed with Kevin Harvick to win Nationwide Series owners’ championship for Childress. … Scored first career win, for Childress in 2002 at Chicagoland. … Has four Nationwide Series poles and 936 laps led. … Began racing in 1996 in the sportsman division at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. … Moved to late models in 1997, winning in his third start at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wis.
In 2013 tied Mark Martin (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), Tony Stewart and current NCWTS director Chad Little (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) as the only drivers to win a NASCAR national series’ first two races of a season. … Enjoyed record-setting family affair at The Milwaukee Mile in 2003, joining father Jim and brothers Jay and Tim in the Nationwide Series’ starting field, becoming only the second family in NASCAR history to have four members compete in a national series race; joining the Flocks – three brothers who were joined by their sister for a race in 1949. … Brother Jay also won in the Camping World Truck Series, for owner Richard Childress. … Continues to build and race his own late model cars. … He and wife Cortney had their second child, daughter Paige, in 2011, joining son Penn Joseph.