– Johnny Sauter will run GMS chassis No. 313 for Saturday afternoon’s race. Sauter last ran this chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway where he clinched the Regular Season Championship and picked up his fifth win of the season. The No. 21 team also used this Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway (started 7th, finished 5th) and Gateway Motorsports Park (started 13th, finished 3rd).
– The ISM Connect Chevrolet will once again carry the names of team members’ family and friends who have been affected by breast cancer, including Sauter’s mother-in-law Terry Owen.
– Back in March, Sauter qualified sixth and was running in the top-five just shy of halfway in the event when the No. 21 had to pit to replace a battery. Sauter was able to get one lap back before the end of the race, but the battery change resulted in a 19th-place finish.
– Sauter continues to lead the point standings heading into the first race of the Round of 6. The Necedah, Wis., native has maintained the top spot in the driver and owner point standings through all 19 events this season.
“I feel good about how we did in the first round. In my opinion, it was a tougher stretch. The road course obviously isn’t my specialty and in Vegas, I felt like we gave a little bit up there on the last few restarts. I can’t think of better tracks for us to be going into now with Martinsville and Texas, as far as past success. We’ve won a few at Martinsville and a lot at Texas, but I’m also smart enough and I’ve been around enough to know that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Other drivers and teams continue to get better just like we continue to get better. Yes, it’s a shot in the arm to go to tracks that you’ve had success at, but it also keeps you in check. Just because you’re good somewhere, that doesn’t mean anything. Anybody can get hot at any time and do what they need to do. With that being said, it has been a great season so far and I expect we’ll be able to keep it going through this next round.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!