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Sandusky, Ohio -June 7th, 2011 – Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records/Carrier Chevrolet Silverado, makes his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway for ThorSport Racing Friday, June 10th. The Series points leader after a successful second place finish last weekend in Kansas, Sauter is ready to return to the track where he narrowly missed wins twice in 2010. Out of four starts for TSR since 2009, the driver has finished no worse than sixth position – safely saying that the track is a comfortable place for the driver.
“Texas is a great track for me. It’s all about track position there, and you don’t want to work up from the middle of the field. We’ve always run up front there. The goal with my crew chief, Joe Shear, Jr, is to run up front from the get go. I’m hoping to build on the finishes we had there last year for sure – twice we finished in second, and we had the truck to win. I’m pretty motivated to get to Texas right now.”
Sauter’s momentum still has competitors in his sights. “We’ve got a lot of talent this year in our Series, and we’re just now hitting the summer, when all the action really starts to happen. You’ve got rookies like Whitt who are doing well, but there’s always Bodine, Hornaday and my teammate Matt Crafton, who run really well in Texas and are good at these 1.5 mile tracks. It’s an all-star lineup, so we’ve got to be 150% perfect and execute on pit road and with the setups. If we can do that, we have a shot at Victory Lane.”
The No. 13 team will have a chance to become honorary “cowboys” on a special VIP tour with their teammates on the No. 88 Menards Chevy team at Cowboys Stadium on Friday morning. They will get an inside look from the Dallas Cowboys management team at the operations, locker room and get to “pull the Heisman” on the playing field. “I know the guys are excited to get on the field, we’re all a bunch of sports junkies,” said Sauter. “Every race city we go to, we’re either at a ballpark the day before the race, a basketball court or a football field. Just depends on the season! This is a great opportunity to take a look at what the Cowboys do every day.”
“We’re also hosting Kyle Mohan from Kyle Mohan Racing on Friday – the guys are all going to learn how to Ultimate Drift. It’s really awesome that all these different types of racers will be at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar, Drifters and NASCAR. That’s great for the fans.” ThorSport Racing will also take part in a “TweetUp” with IndyCar team Andretti Autosport on Friday for crossover fans.
Sauter has one win under his belt this season, at Martinsville, making him the only non-Sprint Cup driver to win in the Truck series to date.
Texas Chassis: 39
Crew Chief: Joe Shear, Jr.
Track: 1.5 miles
Length: 167 laps, 250.5 miles/400k
Starts: 4 (with ThorSport Racing); 5 total
Top 10: 2 Top 2: 2
Current Driver Points Standing: 1st
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Friday, June 10th, 2011
Race Broadcast: 8:30pmET (NCWTS Setup Show on SPEED); 9pmET Race on SPEED, MRN & Sirius NASCAR 90
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