GMS Racing & Johnny Sauter Part Ways

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Johnny Sauter has confirmed he plans to compete in the Slinger Nationals in 2019. (Al Steinberg Photo)

STATESVILLE, N.C. — GMS Racing announced Wednesday that the team has parted ways with driver Johnny Sauter, effective immediately.

Sauter has been with GMS Racing since the 2016 season when he claimed the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship.

‘We cannot thank Johnny enough for his contributions to the growth and success of GMS Racing,” said Mike Beam, team president. “He won the first championship for us and added a lot of trophies to our shop. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors, both in and out of racing.”

In three seasons with GMS Racing Sauter won 13 races in addition to the championship in 2016. He earned six victories last year for GMS Racing en route to a fourth-place effort in the Truck Series standings.

Sauter has been a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series since 2009. He has 23 career series victories and hasn’t finished outside of the top-10 in the standings since becoming a series regular.

GMS Racing plans to announce Sauter’s replacement in the near future, but Sauter said in an interview with SiriusXMRadio that it’s his belief that reigning Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt will be his replacement.