Sauter Thinks MIS Is Turning Into A Handling Track

Johnny Sauter

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado

Michigan Stats

9 starts, 1 win, 2 top-fives, 3 top-10s

2018 Season Stats

14 starts, 4 wins, 10 top-fives, 11 top-10s


Johnny Sauter will pilot GMS chassis No. 306 at Michigan International Speedway. The No. 21 team has raced this chassis twice this season, with Sauter earning his fourth win of the season in this particular Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway.

– For the final race of NASCAR’s Kids Drive NASCAR initiative, the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet will feature the names of Sauter’s children (Penn, Paige, Anne and Alice), as well as the names of the children of GMS Racing and GMS Fabrication employees.

– Sauter is locked into The Playoffs with four wins and has 22 Playoff Points. He holds a 65-point lead over Noah Gragson in the driver championship point standings.


“I think a little bit differently than some others about Michigan. A lot of drivers say it’s starting to race like a superspeedway but I think it’s turned into more of a handling track, at least for me personally it has. Last year I felt like we went with more of a low drag package and really had speed in practice but in the race, it was so loose I couldn’t drive it. I think this year we’ll err on the side of handling. I know it’s a big race track and you carry a lot of speed but it will separate especially if you get a little longer into a run, 10-12 laps, the handling issues come into play and grip is a premium. So, that’s what we’re going to focus on this year and hopefully, it works out for us.”


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