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Sauter Sticking with GMS for 2018

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While Johnny Sauter is focused on a potential second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship, he knows what the future will hold for him as GMS Racing announced on Friday that he will return to the fold in 2018.

“I can’t thank the Gallagher family and Mike Beam enough for the opportunity they’ve given me the last two years,” Sauter said. “To be able to compete at this level, where you know you could win any given weekend, is incredible and I’m excited to be able to continue with the No. 21 team next year.”

The veteran joined GMS Racing in 2016 for his eighth full-time campaign in the series, scoring three victories and 19 top-10’s en route to his first career title. 

He enters Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot as one of the Championship 4 following four wins and 18 top-10’s in 22 races. He will compete for the title against Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, and Austin Cindric.

His immediate success for Mike Gallagher and company has not been a surprise, as Sauter saw the potential from the moment he stepped foot in their complex.

“They were serious, and they said all the right things, and they had a realistic expectation of where they wanted to be and how they were going to get there,” he said. “But still, when I tour the shop, I walk around sometimes and go, this is really unbelievable, just the way they’re going about it, building their own chassis, hanging their own bodies and all that. They’re all in, but on the flipside of that, they expect results. But I think they’ve got a really good plan for where they’re headed.”

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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.