Kaukauna, WI — It’s been more than three decades since a member of the Sauter racing family competed weekly at Wisconsin International Raceway’s “Thursday Night Thunder” program. But that’s about to change in 2017.
Necedah’s Travis Sauter – son of former NASCAR truck driver Tim Sauter and the grandson of former WIR standout Jim Sauter – will be the hired gun of the Chase Motorsports No. 47 Super Late Model entry on Thursday nights.
Sauter will take over for Edgerton’s Casey Johnson, who won not only the Red, White and Blue state championship at WIR, but also the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series title, the Madison International Speedway triple crown and Rookie of the Year on the ARCA Midwest tour where they placed fourth in points. Johnson finished second in the Thursday night championship chase at WIR to Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven on the final night of racing.
According to both parties, the split between Johnson and the Chase Motorsports team was mutual.
Johnson has a pair of Super Late Models and two Limited Late Models, and says while his plans aren’t yet firmed up he’ll be working with another team out of Madison.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll get something put together for the Red, White and Blue series,” Johnson said.
In 2013, Travis Sauter made his debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and also the ARCA Racing Series. He’s won six ARCA Midwest Tour events and can also boast winning the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile atop his resume.
According to team owner Dennis Chase the car will continue to utilize a Racetech chassis and will also sport the No. 47. The ride has drawn some top wheelmen at WIR in recent years, including 12-time track champion Terry Baldry of Omro, Gladstone, Michigan’s Mike Gardner, Menominee, Michigan’s Dalton Zehr and Appleton’s Andy Monday.
-Chase Motorsports Press Release
-Photo Credit: Doug Hornickel