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Sauter, ThorSport add Nextant sponsorship

October 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Ohio-based organizations join forces for 12 races each in 2014, 2015

It's been a good last few days for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter.

Saturday, Sauter emerged from the chaos of a flurry of late-race crashes at Talladega Superspeedway to score his third victory of the season. On Monday, ThorSport Racing, the team that fields his Toyota racers, announced that a new backer -- Nextant Aerospace -- will be joining the fold with primary sponsorship for 12 races in each of the next two seasons.

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The newly wrapped black-and-gold No. 98 Tundra made its public debut Monday at the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The new partnership brings together two Ohio-based organization. Nextant makes its home in Cleveland while ThorSport is based in Sandusky, Ohio, well outside the North Carolina hub of most stock-car racing teams.

"It makes perfect sense," said Duke Thorson, ThorSport Racing's team owner. "Two Ohio-based companies both focused on building their businesses, selling aircraft, and winning in their respective industries. Together, we will build brand identity for Nextant Aerospace in the motorsports world while continuing to run for championships."

Said Nextant president Sean McGeough: "The controlled combination of power and speed is always exciting, whether you're racing a truck or building the world's fastest light business jet. On the ground and in the air, to stay in front you need imagination and a lot of great engineering. We're looking forward to some winning experiences with ThorSport."

Sauter ranks sixth in the Camping World Truck Series points, and his three wins this season are the most among series regulars. He has reason for more optimism heading into Saturday's Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Martinsville Speedway; he won in the series' most recent race on the historic Virginia short track in April, holding off ThorSport teammate and current points leader Matt Crafton to open the season with two straight victories.

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