Sandusky, Oh. (November 3, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to the Lone Star state coming off an impressive weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter and his ThorSport Racing team had a strategy -- to run with drivers Sauter trusted and to stay out...
Sandusky, Oh. (November 3, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to the Lone Star state coming off an impressive weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter and his ThorSport Racing team had a strategy -- to run with drivers Sauter trusted and to stay out of trouble before charging to the front late in the race -- and they stuck to it. Sauter masterfully weaved through traffic late in the race and drafted to the third position on the final lap before swinging to the high side in a three-wide battle to the finish line. Sauter ended up third but was just 29 one-thousandths of a second away from victory. This weekend at Texas will provide similar speed but an entirely different strategy: Sauter wants to start up front, lead as many laps as possible, and drive the No. 13 FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Chevrolet into victory lane.
Last week you took it easy until the end and then drove to the front; is it safe to say you won't use that same strategy this week? "The obvious goal this week is to go there and run up front all night long. Unlike Talladega you really have to work hard to get track position at a place like Texas so we don't want to do anything to give it up. Last week was really an anomaly and the goal there is to just wait around and stay out of trouble. This week it's all about being up front."
You seem to have found the consistency that you and Joe Shear, Jr. expected from the start of the season; is it frustrating to have had to wait until the second half of the season to find it? "Yes and no. The big thing is now Joe and I have been to all these tracks together with a truck. Since he joined the team in the middle of last season, there were still some tracks that we hadn't been to so there was still a learning curve. So it was a little hit or miss in the first part of the season but we were still adding to our notebook. Some of the issues we had were a little out of our hands too. But let's face it, you learn more about what not to do that what to do in racing, and that's part of what we were doing. Now I think we've really figured out the basic setups we need and we can go to the track and just work on honing them week in and week out."
You were just one second away from victory in June; can you beat Todd Bodine this weekend? "The best thing for us is we've been able to bring back this truck, No. 23, in one piece time and time again and we've been able to keep massaging on it to make it better. Right now it's better than it's ever been. But Todd has had a lot of luck this year and he's really good at Texas. We need to go down and be competitive off the truck, have good pit stops on pit road and make our own luck like he has this season."
Johnny at Texas: Johnny has four previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway and he's finished eleventh or better in all of them. In three races there with ThorSport Racing he's collected a pair of sixth-place finishes (both races in 2009) and a second place (June, 2010). He has earned one pole position (June 2009) with an average start of 12.2. His average finish is 6.2. He's completed all 650 possible competition laps and led 42 laps is June 2009. In seven career Nationwide Series starts his best finish was tenth in November 2005. He also has four career Sprint Cup Series starts at TMS with a best finish of 22nd in April 2007.
Johnny's Texas Truck: Johnny will drive ThorSport Racing Chassis No. 23 at Texas this weekend. No. 23 is Sauter's favorite truck and has won two races (Las Vegas 2009, Kansas 2010) and carried him to eight top-five finishes over the past two seasons (Chicagoland and Las Vegas 2009; Kansas, Texas, Nashville, Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Las Vegas 2010).