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Team: ThorSport Racing-98-NCWTS
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/1/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 200

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Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules violations discovered during post-race inspection last Sunday (March 30) at Martinsville Speedway.
All three teams -- the No. 31 (Ben Kennedy, driver), No. 54 (Darrell Wallace Jr., driver), and No. 98 (Johnny Sauter, driver) -- have been assessed a P3 level penalty for violating Section 20B-12.5 (D) (offset front hubs found in post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, each team's crew chief -- Michael Shelton (No. 31); Jerry Baxter (No. 54); and Gene Wachtel (No. 98) -- have been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.-NASCAR PR Apr 1 - 7:28 PM

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Johnny Sauter finishes 4th in Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

He started the No. 98 Toyota Tundra 14th in the lineup for the Kroger 250. He is currently 2nd in the 2014 NCWTS point standings.
Mar 31 - 3:52 PM

Johnny Sauter's won two of the last three spring Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races so he has no reason to believe he can't defend his victory in Saturday afternoon's Kroger 250.

After winning last season's Daytona kickoff, Sauter equaled some relatively unique NASCAR history by also winning the season's second race, at Martinsville -- something only five other drivers in NASCAR's national series history have done.-ThorSport Racing
Mar 27 - 11:40 PM

Johnny Sauter finishes third in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Sauter started the No. 98 Toyota Tundra 18th in the lineup for the 15th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250. He is currently 2nd in the 2014 NCWTS point standings.
Feb 22 - 11:05 AM

Johnny Sauter has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

His average of 187.055 mph in the No. 98 Toyota Tundra was best of the five trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 54 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 31 Ben Kennedy, No. 8 Joe Nemechek and No. 74 Chris Cockrum are the rest of the drivers on this list.
Feb 19 - 4:38 PM

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, America's original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand, will sponsor Johnny Sauter's No. 98 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, beginning with the series' second race, at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Sauter, who tied a NASCAR record last season by winning the season's first two Truck Series races, is the defending champion of the race that's scheduled on March 29 on the half-mile Martinsville oval. Smokey Mountain will sponsor Sauter, who led Truck Series regulars in 2013 with three victories, in additional races at Gateway, Kentucky, Iowa, Martinsville and Texas in the fall.-ThorSport Racing
Feb 10 - 7:46 PM

Johnny Sauter set a new track qualifying record Saturday and won the pole for Sunday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Watermelon Capital Speedway.

The 200-lap non-points event kicks off the season for the series. Sauter set a blistering pace by turning his lap in 15.562 seconds, just ahead of John Hunter Nemechek (15.644), Daniel Hemric (15.652) and Chase Elliott (15.658). Watermelon Capital Speedway is hosting the Zaxby’s SpeedFest 2014 this weekend in Georgia.
Jan 25 - 10:13 PM

Despite a damp race track and a leery forecast that sent a number of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series packing and heading north on Tuesday morning, five teams remained for the final day of NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway.

The ThorSport Racing trio, No. 98 Johnny Sauter, No. 88 Matt Crafton and No. 13 Ross Chastain, led Tuesday afternoon's session in a tight three-pack drafting group with defending Daytona race winner Johnny Sauter atop the board, reigning truck series champion Crafton second and Chastain third. No. 28 Ryan Ellis and No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb rounded out the top five respectively, both in single-truck runs. Sauter's best lap came early at 183.921 miles per hour, significantly slower than the fastest lap produced yesterday.-NASCAR PR
Jan 14 - 7:30 PM

Johnny Sauter will have the rebodied No. 98 Nextant Aerospace / Curb Records Tundra with which he won the 2013 season opener at the Daytona testing session.

A year ago Sauter followed that up with a NASCAR record-tying second consecutive win to open the season, on the Martinsville Speedway short track. At the test Sauter will work with new crew chief Gene Wachtel, an engineer and motorsports veteran with Sprint Cup and Truck Series experience, for the first time at a racetrack. Wachtel began working with ThorSport at the end of 2013.-ThorSport Racing
Jan 12 - 8:17 PM

After top three championship finishes in 2010-11, Johnny Sauter (No. 98 Toyota Tundra) slumped to ninth a year ago.

Buoyed by back-to-back victories at Daytona International and Martinsville speedways, Sauter raced back to the top of the points table. A mid-season slump blunted the Wisconsin veteran’s bid for a first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, but Sauter mounted a late charge to finish fourth in the standings with the most wins – three – by a series points-eligible driver.-NASCAR Communications
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Johnny Sauter has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep the pilot that's won nine races in his five years with ThorSport in owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson's No. 98 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

In 2013 Sauter won the first two races of the season, at Daytona and Martinsville, and led the championship after the first three races before hitting a lull and falling as low as 10th, twice. Sauter's rebounded via seven consecutive top-10 finishes to sit fourth in the standings going into Friday night's season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida.-ThorSport Racing
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 09:18:00 AM

Cleveland-based Nextant Aerospace, the world leader in business aircraft remanufacturing, today announced it will join ThorSport Racing for the 2014 and 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons.

The No. 98 Nextant Aerospace Toyota Tundra, piloted by championship contender Johnny Sauter, is due to take flight as primary sponsor beginning in Daytona for a total of 12 races per season as well as associate sponsorship throughout the duration of the alliance.-ThorSport Racing
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:35:00 PM

Besides winning the race, Johnny Sauter’s team (98 Toyota Tundra) wins two race awards in the Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

He won the Mobil 1 Driver of the race award. Toyota Racing Technologies (TRT), supplier of the engine in the No. 98, won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. Sauter moved up two spots to sixth in the 2013 Camping World Truck Series point standings.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 09:00:00 PM

Johnny Sauter wins the 8th Annual fred's 250, his ninth victory in 126 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.

This is the No. 98 Toyota Tundra driver's third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter also won the season opener at Daytona giving him the 2013 superspeedway sweep.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 08:40:00 PM

Johnny Sauter hopes his recent record on the NASCAR's longest racetracks results in a 2013 superspeedway sweep in Saturday's Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

He opened the season with a victory at Daytona. In four Talladega Truck Series starts, Sauter led his only three laps last year, but in those four races he does have two top-three finishes, four lead-lap finishes and an average finish of 8.5.-ThorSport Racing
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 10:22:00 AM