Birthdate: May 1, 1978
Hometown: Necedah, Wis.
Resides: Mooresville, N.C.
Children: Penn Joseph, Paige, & Anne
Hobbies: family activities
2013 Driver Rating
No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado
Team: GMS Racing
Team Owners: Maury Gallagher
Crew Chief: Joe Shear, Jr
Engine Builder: Triad Racing Technologies
Career Starts: 130
Career Wins: 9
Career Poles: 5
Best Points Finish: 1st (2016)
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.
• 2016: NCWTS Driver Championship
• 2016: 3 wins, 19 top-tens, 12 top-fives, 1 pole
• 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
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.