(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 number 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 in the 47 car, but also the T.U.N.D.R.A. super late model series title, the Madison International Speedway triple crown and earned rookie-of-the-year in the ARCA Midwest tour where they placed fourth in points. Johnson finished second in the Thursday night championship chase to Appleton’s Jeff Van Oudenhoven on the final night of racing.
According to both parties the split was mutual and Johnson still 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,” said Johnson.
In 2013 Travis Sauter made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide 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 number 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.
Supporting the Chase Motorsports 2017 racing program will be Valley Gasket, Hableman Bros. Company, Van Zeeland Collision and Paint, Lake Park Pub and Weld Specialty Gas.
The season opener for “Thursday Night Thunder” will be Thursday, May 18 at 6:45 p.m. for the A.D.I./Time-Villager season opener. For further information please check out the club’s website frrcracing.net. The annual practice and tech day is slated for Saturday May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.