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Johnny Sauter has work to do in figuring out the Slinger Nationals

Matt Weaver | STS

Johnny Sauter’s resume speaks for itself.

Not only in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, but also in Wisconsin Super Late Model racing where he has won pretty much everywhere in the state but one prestigious bugaboo.

The Slinger Nationals.

For only the third time in his career, the 2016 Truck Series champion has taken his self-owned Super Late Model back to Slinger Wisconsin in the hopes of breaking through at what is perhaps his state’s most prestigious major.

His two appearances came in 2015 and 2018 and he broke a control arm and crashed with a flat tire in both appearances respectively. He finished 20th each time.

“We have work to do here,” Sauter told Short Track Scene. “I really feel like I can go anywhere in this state and run good, but it just hasn’t worked out here for whatever reason.”

This is Sauter’s newest car, and one in which he finished second to Ty Majeski in last month in the Dick Trickle 99 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells. He likes his car, but it’s just a matter of overcoming those Slinger woes.

“Hell, I went and sat in the stands last month to watch and try to figure some things out,” Sauter said. “I went and talked to some regulars. I don’t think they told me everything, but we need all the help we can get at Slinger. This is a big race and I’ve won everything else in the state, but we just need to figure this place out.”

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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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