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Johnny Sauter Suspended One Race for Contact with Austin Hill

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It seems as though Johnny Sauter will not be taking part in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series trip to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway as a result of being suspended.

Following contact on-track during the event at Iowa Speedway, the ThorSport Racing driver made contact with Austin Hill under caution. Although Sauter will sit out this weekend’s event, he will still be playoff post-season eligible per the sanctioning body with a waiver issued.

“We look back at the history of everything we’ve done and try to react with the precedents that we’ve set and then obviously tailoring those to the situation that we have at hand,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “In this case, we felt like his actions certainly warranted being sat down for an event, but it felt a little too harsh to take him straight out of the championship, so we think we landed on what we feel is fair and a deterrent.”

Previously, NASCAR has parked drivers for similar incidents. Matt Kenseth sat out two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races wrecking Joey Logano under green flag conditions at Martinsville Speedway. Kyle Busch missed a NASCAR XFINITY Series and Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway after wrecking Ron Hornaday, Jr. under caution in the truck series event.

“We tend to look at incidents under caution as more of a retaliatory thing,” Miller said. “Obviously, him driving half a track with a smoking truck and winding through a few cars to get to the 16 and then running over him, then bouncing off the wall and running into his door, it was pretty aggressive. It was definitely not anything that could in any way, shape or form be defended as a racing incident.”

Miller went on to state that NASCAR will also have Sauter and Hill sit down together to talk out their differences prior to Sauter’s return. 

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.