Chase Success Is Slow to Come Johnny Sauter’s Way

Johnny Sauter
Johnny Sauter
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
UNOH 175 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Start: 10th
Finish: 10th
Points Position: 6th

Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado, earned his thirteenth top-ten finish of the 2016 season in UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sauter started the 175-lap event from the 10th position but two quick cautions stalled his progression through the field. By lap 26, when the third yellow flag of the day was waved, Sauter was riding in the eighth position.

He reported to crew chief Joe Shear that he was loose on entry all around. Shear told his driver to stay on track with the leaders to avoid falling too far behind the other Chase competitors. Sauter battled through the loose handling condition until lap 53 when he visited pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment under caution. He was relegated to a 14th-place restart position with several trucks ahead of him taking two tires. The Necedah, Wis., native reported that the handling was not improving and by lap 104, when the caution clock expired, his Chevrolet was loose in and tight on exit, running in the 12th position. Sauter returned to the attention of his Allegiant Travel team on pit road for right side tires and a chassis adjustment. The two-tire stop advanced the No. 21 into the top 10 for the lap 108 restart. Sauter bounced between the tenth and eleventh position for the remaining 67 laps, ultimately crossing the line in tenth for his sixth consecutive top-ten finish.

Sauter is currently sixth in the driver championship point standings, occupying the last transfer spot into the Round of Six. Two races remain before the first Chase elimination, set to take place following the event at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 21 will return to the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 1.

“This ended up being another tough day for the No. 21 team. I think there’s some comfort in knowing that we were right there with every other driver in the Chase, including the No. 33 team, but it would be a lot more fun to be the ones leading that pack. Overall it was disappointing to not be in the top five but we have a really fast truck for Las Vegas and I love that track. Joe (Shear, crew chief) and I had a lot of success there early in my Truck Series career so I’m really excited to have a chance to get back to that early on in the Chase.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 1.

GMS Racing competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Johnny Sauter, Spencer Gallagher, Grant Enfinger, Ben Kennedy and Kaz Grala. GMS Racing also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Spencer Gallagher. GMS Racing is housed in a 100,000 square-foot state-of-the-art campus in Statesville, North Carolina.

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