Johnny Sauter
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Sauter joins ThorSport Racing, organization sets 2019 lineup

Johnny Sauter will return to ThorSport Racing for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series as part of the Sandusky, Ohio-based organization’s full-time, four-truck lineup.

Sauter ran for ThorSport from 2009 to 2015 before spending the past three seasons — including a 2016 championship campaign — with GMS Racing. In January, GMS and Sauter parted ways following a three-year stint together. The Wisconsin native will run ThorSport’s No. 13 entry — the same entry he drove for the team from 2009 to 2012. The 23-time winner in the series has finished in the top four in the final standings in each of the past six seasons.

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Two-time champion Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes are all returning to the organization for full seasons. The trio of drivers all made the 2018 playoffs in the series. Crafton, a 14-time winner in the series, will be back to pilot the No. 88 truck. Enfinger, a two-time winner in the series coming off a career-best fifth-place finish in the standings, will be in the No. 98 truck.

Rhodes returns for his fourth season with the team but will sport a new number — No. 99. This marks the two-time winner’s third different number in four seasons with ThorSport. He previously drove the Nos. 41 and 27 trucks.

Myatt Snider, last year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner in the series, will return in a part-time capacity and drive the No, 27 truck.

The season begins this weekend at Daytona for Friday’s NextEra Energy 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).