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2017 Anthem Annual February

When Johnny Sauter announced he was leaving ThorSport Racing for GMS Racing at the end of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, the decision seemed audacious. Why would a successful, seasoned driver abandon an established, championship-winning organization in ThorSport to join GMS — a little-known organization that only made its Truck Series debut in 2013? Curious as his move might have looked to some observers, Sauter went with his gut. And, against all odds, his reward was a long-awaited championship in NASCAR’s No. 3 division with the organization owned by Allegiant Air CEO and business tycoon Maurice Gallagher Jr. “I can remember September 2015 when I flew to Las Vegas and the Gallagher family brought me to their house and cooked me a wonderful meal and said, ‘These are our goals and this is what we want to do,’” Sauter said. “You know, when I went and checked out the shop and saw their ultimate vision for where they wanted GMS Racing to be, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of.” Gallagher was equally bent on hiring Sauter, a veteran whom he believed could take his fledgling organization END WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP By Jared Turner Johnny Sauter Crowned 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Sauter (right) posed with crew chief Joe Shear Jr. after capturing the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crown. Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images Johnny Sauter performed a smoky burnout after winning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL 215


2017 Anthem Annual February
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