Johnny Sauter
40-Year-Old Driver  
ThorSport Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In a stunning turn of events, GMS Racing parted ways with Sauter at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The veteran driver came up short in the championship race, but still had an incredible campaign. Sauter grabbed a career-best six victories and 14 Top-5 finishes, but finished fourth in the driver standings as a result of a bad outing at Homestead. The 2016 champion is still looking for a ride as of January 2019, which is almost unthinkable. He's been the most dominant driver in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for the last three seasons, and has posted win and Top-10 totals that rival anyone in the series. Sauter's situation is one to watch closely as the season quickly approaches. There are still some open seats that are decent teams that could use a star like Sauter. Chief among them is the No. 8 team of Eddie Sharp Racing. Depending on where Sauter lands he could be a championship contender or just a lower top tier driver. His position in these driver rankings is very volatile at this point. Read Past Outlooks
Leads Opening Truck Practice
Gander Outdoors Truck
March 1, 2019
Sauter was fastest in opening practice for the Stratosphere 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday. He turned a fast lap of 178.696 mph.
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Riding the momentum of his runner-up finish at Atlanta this past week, Sauter looked strong in the opening Vegas practice session. The ThorSport Racing star edged Ben Rhodes for the fastest lap of the 1.5-mile oval in this first practice. Sauter is a one-time Las Vegas winner, and he's finished runner-up in each of his last two starts at the Nevada speedway.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Johnny Sauter
DraftKings NASCAR: 2019 Truck Series Rankings
51 days ago
Mark Taylor ranks the top drivers in the Truck Series as Brett Moffitt will look to defend his championship after shocking the NASCAR world last season.
NASCAR Draft Kit: 2018 Truck Series Rankings
February 8, 2018
Mark Taylor ranks the top drivers in the Truck Series where Johnny Sauter is the odds on favorite to race away with the championship this season.
2017 Truck Series: Driver Rankings
February 7, 2017
Mark Taylor ranks the top drivers in the Truck Series as the movce to GMS Racing paid off big time for Johnny Sauter last season.
NASCAR Draft Kit: Camping World Truck Series Drive Rankings
February 5, 2016
Mark Taylor previews the Truck Series where Matt Crafton came up just short last season in his bid for three consecutive Camping World titles.
NASCAR Draft Kit: Camping World Truck Rankings
February 6, 2015
The Kyle Busch Motorsports trio looks to dominate the Truck Series once again this season.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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With the promotion of reigning truck series champion, Christopher Bell, we're left to wonder who will step up and contend with Sauter for the 2018 Camping World Truck Series championship. That shift in power, vacuum of talent, could propel the GMS Racing veteran back to the crown. He'll certainly be the odds on favorite to race away with the championship. Sauter posted four wins and 19 Top-10 finishes last season in finishing runner-up in the points. Those numbers are nearly identical to the ones he posted in 2016 en route to winning his first title. GMS Racing will bring back the same team and support and in our books that's good enough to make him the top of the heap entering the season.
The move to GMS Racing last season paid off big time for Sauter. Not only did he win three races and collect 19 Top-10 finishes, but he finally captured the elusive Camping World Truck Series championship. After several seasons of near-misses at ThorSport Racing, Sauter was able to hoist the trophy at Homestead last November. With that accomplishment, Sauter and GMS have ascended to the throne of NASCAR's truck series. They will be the team to beat week-in and week-out for the championship in 2017. With the return of Sauter and crew chief, Joe Shear, the team is set to defend this title well in the upcoming season. There has been a changing of the guard atop this division of NASCAR, and Sauter is now its leader.
Sauter makes the big jump from ThorSport Racing to GMS Racing this year. He takes over the truck that the Dillon brothers and Brandon Jones raced in 2015 to some modest success. That driver lineup combined for one win and 13 Top-10 finishes. The addition of Sauter to the No. 21 Chevrolet elevates this team overnight. The 37-year-old veteran had a bit of a lackluster 2015 with no wins, 16 Top-10 finishes and a fourth-place finish in the final standings. Sauter is capable of winning races and challenging for the championship. He should be able to do that at GMS Racing. While a championship this season is not likely, we wouldn’t rule it out down the road in the very near future.
2012 was a down year for Sauter and the ThorSport Racing team. Despite the two victories and nine Top-10 finishes, he finished a lowly ninth in the final driver standings. That is a four-season low for Sauter. The ability to win races was there, but the marked consistency we expect from Sauter and the No. 13 team was no where to be found. That should change in the upcoming season. Sauter averaged one-and-half wins and 15 Top 10’s per campaign prior to last year’s drop in performance. He should return to this level in the upcoming season and that easily puts him back inside the Top 5 drivers of this racing series.
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Runner-up Finish at Atlanta
Gander Outdoors Truck
February 23, 2019
Sauter finished second in the Ultimate Tailgating 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday evening.
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Signs with ThorSport Racing
Gander Outdoors Truck
February 13, 2019
Sauter will race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series title after confirming his return to ThorSport Racing Tuesday evening. Sauter made the announcement on NASCAR RaceHub on FS1. He'll take over driving duties of the No. 13 Ford F-150 most recently driven by Myatt Snider, speedsport.com reports.
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Cut loose by GMS racing
Camping World Truck
January 9, 2019
Sauter was released by GMS Racing on Wednesday, Jim Utter of Motorsport.com reports.
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Leads Opening Truck Practice at HMS
Camping World Truck
November 16, 2018
Sauter was fastest in opening practice for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday morning. He turned a fast lap of 170.465 mph.
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Wins Truck Series Pole at Fort Worth
Camping World Truck
November 2, 2018
Sauter won the pole for the JAG Metal 350 Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 188.758 mph.
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