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Johnny Sauter enters Slinger Nationals

The 2016 NASCAR Trucks champion will make his second SLM start of the season next month

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On the weekend in which Johnny Sauter is serving a suspension by racing his Super Late Model in the Trickle 99 at Dells Raceway Park, the 2016 NASCAR Truck Series champion is also adding to his grassroots schedule.

Sauter will make his next start beyond this weekend in the SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals on Tuesday, July 9 at Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, Wisconsin.

“Growing up as a Wisconsin kid, I remember going to the Slinger Nationals and thinking to myself that it’d be pretty cool to win that someday,” Sauter said. ” t’s one of the premier events in the entire Midwest, so I better get my butt in gear and make it happen.”

This will be his third attempt at the Slinger Nationals, following finishes of 20th in both 2015 and 2018. Like this weekend at Dells, the start will come in his own equipment.

“We haven’t had much luck at the Nationals,” Sauter stated. “In two previous starts, I’ve broken a lower control arm and had a flat tire with 20 laps to go. Having said that, they were both subpar performances up to that point. I’m bringing a brand-new car and I’ve got a really good idea of where I need to be.”

The list of previous Nationals winners includes former and current NASCAR standouts, Alan Kulwicki; Mark Martin; Dick Trickle (4 wins); Rich Bickle, Jr (4 wins); Matt Kenseth (7 wins) and Kyle Busch.

The race has been the last two years by Super Late Model aces Ty Majeski and Bubba Pollard. Matt Kenseth, Bickle, Majeski and Pollard have all committed to competing in the 2019 Nationals event. A Wednesday night, July 10 rain date has been established.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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