Johnny Sauter announces his return to ThorSport Racing In 2019 with longtime Crew Chief Joe Shear Jr. Sauter will run the #13 Ford.
“I’m returning home,” Sauter said. “I couldn’t be more proud of going back there and running for a championship.”
ThorSport expands to five full-time Truck entries with Sauter returning. He’ll be teammates with Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Myatt Snider and Grant Enfinger.
Sauter also will have longtime crew chief Joe Shear Jr. back with him for the 2019 season.
“He’s like an old pair of shoes for me,” Sauter smiled, alluding to how comfortable he is with Shear. “I think we’ll pick up right where we left off, racing for wins.”
Sauter raced for ThorSport from 2009-15, scoring 10 wins. He moved to GMS Racing for 2016-18 before he found himself out of a ride on January 9.
“It was just a business decision,” Sauter said. “The guy that took my place (defending Truck Series champ Brett Moffitt) probably works a little cheaper. Just kidding.
“You can let it bother you or you just move on. I’ve never raced a Ford, so I’m looking forward to working with their engineers and people.”
Sauter flew into Daytona Tuesday and is ready to go for Friday Nights season debut for the Gander Outdoors Trucks Series.