Thursday, November 14, 2013

ThorSport Extends Crafton, Sauter, Menards

Sauter (L) and Crafton
ThorSport Racing has announced contract extensions that will keep driver Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter and sponsor Menards with the team for the 2014 season.

Crafton, the soon-to-be-crowned 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, enjoys a 46-point lead over Ty Dillon, and needs only to take the green flag in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 to clinch his -- and ThorSport's -- first NASCAR national series championship.
The 2014 Truck Series campaign will mark the 10th consecutive year that Craftonwill drive the No. 88 Menards truck for ThorSport, and his 13th overall for the team. He currently owns the series record for consecutive starts, with 315.
"Matt's consistency and competitiveness at a very high level epitomizes what ThorSport is all about," team owner Duke Thorson said. "We're pleased to keep Matt and Menards together moving into the future and look forward to their continued success.”
"It doesn't get much better than to race for Duke and Rhonda Thorson, who have always given us everything we need to be competitive," said Crafton. "Representing Menards and their partners, as supportive as they've been for all these years, is also pretty special."
Sauter has also signed a multi-year contract extension with ThorSport that will keep the nine-time Truck Series winner in Duke and Rhonda Thorson's No. 98 Toyota Tundra. Sauter won the first two races of this season at Daytona and Martinsville, and led the championship standings before hitting a lull and falling as low as 10th. He rebounded with seven consecutive Top-10 finishes, and currently sits fourth in the standings going into Friday night's season finale.

"Johnny Sauter has been an important part of the success of ThorSport for the last five years," Duke Thorson said. "With Matt Crafton's Truck Series championship, Frank Kimmel's ARCA title and getting Johnny re-signed we have a lot to look forward to in 2014."

Sauter will split time with a variety of color schemes on his No. 98 Tundras next season, representing Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records and Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to extend my time with ThorSport Racing," Sauter said. "It's a great organization and it's been a perfect fit for me... And with Nextant Aerospace joining our program -- and looking ahead to two years of racing for wins and championships with them, Carolina Nut and Curb Records -- needless to say the sky's the limit.

"We've had competitive trucks all season and if not for that bit of turmoil we had in the middle of the season there's no reason we wouldn't be in a position to be racing Matt for this 2013 championship."


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