NASCAR suspended Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter for one race after he intentionally wrecked another driver Sunday at Iowa Speedway. That means Sauter is out for Saturdayâs race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Illinois, but heâs not planning on sitting around all weekend.
Not long after NASCAR announced the suspension Tuesday, the 41-year-old driver tweeted that he still plans to race this weekend.
But instead of competing in the Truck Series, he said he plans to enter the Dick Trickle 99 event â a Unified Motorsports Association Super Late Model race at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin, which is Sauterâs home state.
Sauterâs one-race suspension is the result of a series of incidents between him and fellow Truck Series driver Austin Hill on Sunday.
At first, Sauter made contact with Hillâs truck, and Hill responded with a more forceful push, which spun Sauter and shot him backward into the wall. That crash brought out the caution flag, but that didnât stop Sauter from chasing Hill down.
Basically using his truck as a weapon, Sauter ran into Hill and T-boned him as they moved down the track, and NASCAR immediately parked him for the remainder of the race. But until Tuesdayâs announcement, it was unclear if the governing body would hand out additional and more severe punishments.
Despite NASCARâs rule that driver must attempt to start every regular-season race to be eligible for the playoffs, Sauter â who was already qualified for the Truck Series postseason â will still be able to compete for a championship.
Although NASCARâs senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said the govering body is ânot completely done withâ examining Hillâs behavior in all this, he doesnât expect another penalty being issued.