Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff and Pouches has extended their partnership with ThorSport Racing and driver Johnny Sauter for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The eight-race partnership kicks-off with the season opener, NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 20.
In 2014, Sauter finished fourth in the final NCWTS driver point standings and collected two Top-5 and four Top-10 finishes while carrying the Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff colors on the No. 98 Toyota Tundra.
"Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff was looking for a competitive team and a specific type of driver to fit our brand identity," said Dave Savoca, president of Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. "Johnny showed us through our partnership last year that he has the same passion for driving that we have about our product. We believe both ThorSport Racing and Johnny Sauter are a great fit for the Smokey Mountain brand."
Sauter has a long history of success that spans a decade and includes 152 series starts, 10 wins, five poles, 56 Top-5and 86 Top-10 finishes. In 2015, with guidance from new crew chief Doug George, the Necedah, Wis., native will be a strong contender for the one thing that has eluded his career; a NCWTS championship.
"Smokey Mountain has been a huge supporter of our series, and every year they are able to increase their presence in NASCAR," said Sauter. "I'm honored they have chosen not only to extend their partnership with myself and ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but to have also increased their presence in 2015. This kind of partnership is hard to find these days, so I'm honored to be carrying their colors and representing their brand again this season."
In addition to the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff and Pouches will also adorn Sauter's No. 98 Toyota Tundra at both Martinsville (Va.) Speedway races (March/October), Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (May), Dover (Del.) International Speedway (May), Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug.), Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct.), and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov.).