Johnny Sauter No. 13 FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Chevrolet Preview: Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sandusky, Oh. (November 15, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to Homestead-Miami on the verge of a career-best points finish, but points are the...
Johnny Sauter No. 13 FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Chevrolet Preview: Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Sandusky, Oh. (November 15, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to Homestead-Miami on the verge of a career-best points finish, but points are the farthest thing on his mind. Sauter has one thing and one thing only is his sights as the season finale approaches: collecting his second victory of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Sauter has put up impressive numbers throughout the year -- one win at Kansas Speedway, 13 top-five finishes, and 15 top-ten finishes in the 24 races to this point -- and he sits third in the championship standings with one race yet to run. And although he's mathematically able to take over the second position from Aric Almirola, his singular objective is to put the No. 13 FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Chevrolet in victory lane on Friday night.
You haven't talked much about the points, even as the year has come to a close; are you ready to points race at Homestead or do you keep your focus only on the checkered flag? "I think I have a very realistic approach to points overall. I think if you're out there doing what you should be doing to win races, the points will take care of themselves. We can't look at Homestead as a one-race shot to get into second. We need to look at it as a chance to go and win a race, and if we do that we get the most points possible. And if we do that, maybe it will be enough to get up into second when it's all said and done."
The box NASCAR allows you to work within gets tighter every year, but your crew chief Joe Shear is among the most innovative in the series; what have you worked on to win at Homestead? "We are constantly searching, whether it's geometry or shocks or whatever. That's why I would take Joe Shear over anyone else in the garage, anywhere, anytime. I know what his expectations are, and they're very similar to mine. We're here to win and to run the very best we possibly can."
If someone told you that in 2011 you'd win one race, have 15 top-five finishes and be third in the points, would you take it? "I think if you look at our stats you'd be crazy if you said we didn't have a successful season. Before I drove the 13 truck, it had something like four top ten finishes total, and now we're ending the season with a win and a ton of top fives and a top five in the points. If someone said we'd have the same thing next year, I think I'd take it -- but I'd want to have a few more wins. But really we'd like a lot of wins and a championship."
Undoubtedly the entire ThorSport Racing organization has been on a hot streak over the final half of the season; how do you carry that momentum over into next season? "That's one thing I know I don't really have to worry about. I have a great group of guys working on the 13 truck and they're all young and hungry and motivated to do well. They've had a taste of success and they want more. They already have their off season projects lined up to work on making our stuff even better. I really expect to come to Daytona next February and pick up right where we left off at the end of this season, running up front and being a contender to win every week."
Johnny at Homestead: Johnny has three previous NCWTS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway dating back to 2003. He made his first-ever start with ThorSport Racing in the 2005 Homestead race when he qualified 28th and finished 20th. Last year he started and finished ninth. His average start is 22.7 and his average finish is 20.7.
Sauter Season Stats: Despite not completing a single lap in the season opener at Daytona after being swept up in a crash not of his making, Johnny Sauter has completed 3,649 of a possible 3,750 competition laps in 2010 (97.1%). Sauter has been on the lead lap of every race since Daytona except one; he finished one lap down at Nashville in April. All told, Sauter has one win (Kansas), 13 top-5 finishes, and 15 top-ten finishes. His average starting position is 6.6 and his average finishing position is 8.3. He's led 206 laps in five races entering Homestead.
Johnny's Homestead Truck: Johnny will drive ThorSport Racing Chassis No. 23 at Homestead-Miami Speedway; No. 23 is Johnny's favorite truck in the stable and he's driven it at the majority of intermediate speedway races in his tenure with the team. He has two wins in No. 23, at Las Vegas in Sept. 2009 and at Kansas in April 2010.