Johnny Sauter, GMS Racing part ways
GMS Racing announced Wednesday that veteran Johnny Sauter will not return to the team for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The organization indicated that the separation was effective immediately.
Sauter, 40, spent the last three seasons with the GMS No. 21 Chevrolet operation. In the first year of his partnership with the Maury Gallagher-owned team, Sauter marched to the 2016 series championship.
“We cannot thank Johnny enough for his contributions to the growth and success of GMS Racing,” GMS president Mike Beam said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
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GMS indicated that plans for a new driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet would come at a future date.
Sauter has competed full-time in the Truck Series since 2009, finishing among the top five in the standings in eight of those 10 seasons. Of his 23 career wins on the circuit, 13 have come in the last three years with GMS.
Sauter scored six victories last season, but wound up fourth in the standings behind 2018 champ Brett Moffitt.