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2014 Iowa: Johnny Sauter NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 08, 2014 - 06:52 AM
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2014 Iowa: Johnny Sauter NASCAR Truck Race Preview


In 2006, a cornfield in Central Iowa became a state-of-the-art motorsports facility known to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) as, "The Fastest Short Track on the Planet." Iowa Speedway, designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, is the first driver-designed track on the circuit and home to race No. 9 on the 2014 NCWTS schedule. Since September 2009, the 7/8-mile track has been a "Field of Dreams" for many series regulars as an annual standalone event.

 

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In seven NCWTS races at the Midwestern track, there have been six different winners and although Sauter has never won in the Hawkeye State, he leads all NCWTS drivers with the most top-five finishes (6).The point leader also has the best average finish (4.9), and is one of only two drivers that have completed 100 percent of laps attempted. The ThorSport Racing driver has planted the seed and hopes to bring home his third top-five finish in three starts this season for Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff.

Sounding Off - Johnny Sauter:
What's it like to race at Iowa?
"Iowa is a track that always produces great racing and we've seen some good finishes there. I've always run well there, but I've never been able to close the deal. In order to be successful at Iowa, you've got to get over the bumps in turns one and two to carry your momentum down the backstretch. If you can handle that, you can bring home a good finish. This team continues to be consistent week in and week out and although we don't always have the best truck, we seem to salvage a decent day. My last top-five finish was when Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff was on the truck at Gateway - maybe bringing back the green machine this weekend will do the trick."

Sauter's Hawkeye State Stats:
In seven starts at Iowa Speedway, has compiled six top-five and six top-10 finishes
Leads all NCWTS drivers with the most top-five finishes (6)
Has led 24 laps
Has completed 1417 of 1417 laps attempted (100%)
One of only two drivers to complete 100% of laps attempted
One of only two drivers to have finished on the lead lap in all seven starts
Best start: 4th (September, 2012)/Best finish: 2nd (2010)
Average start: 8.4/Average finish: 4.9
Leads all NCWTS drivers with the best average finish (4.9)
According to NASCAR's Loop Data statics, Sauter ranks:
First in Laps in the Top-15 (1346)
Second among Closers
Third among Fastest Laps Run (81)
Fourth in Average Running Position (6.38) and Driver Rating (107.0)

Johnny Sauter 2014:
Ranks first in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings for the second straight week with an eight point lead over ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton
Recorded a season-best third-place finish twice at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Dover (Del.) International Speedway
Recorded a season-best third-place start at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City
In eight starts in 2014, Sauter has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes
Has led 64 laps
Has completed 93.9% of laps attempted (1252/1334)
According to NASCAR's Loop Data statistics, Sauter ranks:
First in Laps in the Top-15 (1241)
Third in Average Running Position (7.369)
Fourth in Driver Rating (98.5)

Sauter's Career Truck Series Stats:
138 starts since 2003
9 wins
52 top-5 finishes
77 top-10 finishes
5 poles
21,004 laps completed
1069 laps led
Avg. Start: 10.7
Avg. Finish: 11.0

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