Three of the last four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season have seen veterans hoisting the championship trophy in November at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Matt Crafton won in 2013 and again in 2014, while Johnny Sauter won his first season title in 2016. The Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion in Sauter appears ready for another strong post-season run in 2017.
The GMS Racing driver was already in Playoffs mode last weekend at Chicago, as he won the TheHouse.com 225 and heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed with 25 playoff points.
In last season’s Playoffs, Sauter was as strong as they come during the playoff stretch.
Beginning with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, Sauter finished top-10 or better in every Playoffs race and won two races, including Martinsville and Texas.
With New Hampshire kicking off the playoffs again this weekend in the UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN), odds are good that Sauter can start off hot yet again.
Sauter has made 18 career New Hampshire starts between Trucks, XFINITY and Cup, but only six of those 18 came in the Truck Series. Among those six races though, are six top 10 finishes. He’s finished worse than fifth just twice and enters this weekend with a ton of momentum. He has 13 top 10 finishes in his last 15 starts on the season.
To me, the title still goes through Sauter.