Johnny Sauter began racing in 1996, after fulfilling a promise he made to his father, short-track racer Jim Sauter, to finish high school before he started his career. The Necedah, Wisconsin native joined the American Speed Association (ASA) in 1998. In 2001, led by crew chief Joe Shear, Jr., Sauter was named ASA Champion and Rookie of the Year with a record 10 wins.
Johnny Sauter’s racing career has been highlighted by two National Series Championships (ASA and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) and includes 27 wins and 138 top five finishes across NASCAR’s top three series.
Sauter began his racing career on the short tracks of Wisconsin and worked his way up the ranks through ASA and eventually landed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he shared driving duties to win an Owners Championship.
Sauter progressed to the Truck Series full-time in 2009 and earned his first series win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In 2016, Sauter claimed the Truck Series Championship following a season that included three wins, one pole, 12 top-fives, and a career-high 19 top-ten finishes.
With multiple wins at diverse tracks such as Texas Motor Speedway, Martinsville, Daytona International Speedway, Dover Motor Speedway, and many others, Sauter has been a top performer in the Truck Series garage for the past 10-plus years.
Sauter continues to support local short tracks by racing his late model in his home state of Wisconsin, where he resides with his wife Cortney and their four children.
In 2023 the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the #04 Roper Racing Team Ford F150 for the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series was presented and Jonny jumped at the opportunity. Like a true real racer, Sauter is ready to take the Carquest Ford back to victory lane.