SANDUSKY, Ohio — Johnny Sauter’s hoping his qualifying prowess at Kentucky Speedway, the bumpy, high-speed 1.5-mile oval that’s the site of Thursday evening’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225, leads to a better-than-average finish.
Sauter, who drives ThorSport Racing’s No. 98 Carolina Nut Co. / Curb Records Toyota, has the best average start among series regulars with more than five Kentucky starts, 6.7, in his six Truck races there — all for ThorSport.
Sauter did finish sixth in both Kentucky Truck races last season, though he didn’t lead a lap in either. But in the three races preceding 2012 he led 50 laps total, so he sincerely hopes his karma is on the upswing.
“It really has been a feast or famine racetrack for me — I can’t explain it,” Sauter said. “I really should have won there, twice in a truck. One time we finished second and another time we broke the rear axle on a green-flag pit stop, with 20 (laps) to go, leading the race.
“We lost an engine one time, broke a t