|Johnny Sauter in victory lane at Talladega - Oct. 19, 2013|
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When the smoke finally cleared, Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter was the first driver to cross the finish line at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 19. Learn more about the Truck Series’ most recent winner in this week’s Fast Facts.
- Jonathan Joseph Sauter was born May 1, 1978 in Necedah, Wisconsin. He is the son of former NASCAR driver Jim Sauter, and his brothers Tim and Jay also competed in all three top NASCAR Series.
- Sauter began racing in numerous series in Wisconsin and the Midwest following his graduation from high school in 1996, eventually joining the American Speed Association (ASA) in 1998; in 2001, Sauter was crowned ASA champ.
- Sauter’s ASA title earned him a five-race Busch (now Nationwide) Series deal with Richard Childress Racing at the end of 2001; he earned three top 15 finishes in those five starts and a full-time ride with RCR in the series for 2002, when he won his first race at Chicagoland Speedway. In 2003 he split seat time with RCR and the Curb-Agajanian Performance Group; Sauter combined with Kevin Harvick in the RCR No. 21 to win the Busch Series’ owners’ championship. He also made his Cup Series and his Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series debuts in 2003.
- Through the three series, Sauter has driven for numerous teams, including Morgan-McClure Motorsports, Phoenix Racing, Brewco Motorsports, Haas CNC Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing and Prism Motorsports.
- He currently races in No. 98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, where he has been racing full-time since 2009. He took his first career Truck Series win that year, taking the checkered flag at Las Vegas, and took home the series’ Rookie of the Year Award.
- Sauter and his wife Cortney have two children, son Penn and daughter Paige.
- Find out more about Sauter at his website, www.johnny-sauter.com.