Sauter Has High Hopes Entering WIR

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Johnny Sauter will drive in the ARCA Midwest Tour's super late-model race in Wisconsin. (ARCA photo)
Johnny Sauter will drive in the ARCA Midwest Tour's super late-model race in Wisconsin. (ARCA photo)
Johnny Sauter will drive in the ARCA Midwest Tour’s super late-model race in Wisconsin. (ARCA photo)

KAUKAUNA, Wisc. – A familiar name will be part of the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment field when it returns to Wisconsin Int’l Raceway on Aug. 9 for the Calypso Lemonade 100 presented by Scag Power Equipment.

Jim Sauter Jr., Travis Sauter, and NASCAR Camping World Truck driver, Johnny Sauter, who won the event in 2010, will all be representing the family name.

“It’s one of the tracks I have the fondest memories of,” said Johnny Sauter. “I went there a lot as a kid growing up and watched my dad race there a lot. It’s probably one of my favorite tracks so I put some added pressure on myself to win there. I think I’ve only raced there twice and we won last time so hopefully we can do it again.”

Known as one of the trickier tracks in the area, Wisconsin Int’l Raceway provides a challenge for drivers, especially those who haven’t raced there in years. “You have the bump in turn one and then the dog leg on the frontstretch,” Sauter said.

“It’s definitely one of the more unique tracks I’ve raced at. Travis (Sauter) tested there a few weeks ago so he called me with some updates, but I feel like we’ve been fast pretty much everywhere we go and typically if we are junk we are usually pretty good at getting the car a lot better during the day, so either way I think we should be fine and should have a decent set-up going in and then we’ll see.”

Sauter makes his return to super late model racing and the ARCA Midwest Tour after a disappointing 25th-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile in June. Sauter was closing in on Erik Jones for the lead just before the halfway break when a mechanical failure ended his day early. After juggling a busy schedule and getting the car back together, he’s ready to get his super late model back on track.

“It always seems we have a wicked fast car everywhere we go and something breaks or we get dumped or something falls off,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in the cars I’ve built, so I put pressure on myself and know if we can avoid some of the problems we’ve had we should be in good shape.”

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