Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sauter Apologizes For Post-Race Comments

Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes is off the Bozo List.

After crashing with Rhodes on the final lap of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, leader Johnny Sauter minced no words in expressing his unhappiness. He accused the 18-year old of being “brain dead or can’t see,” after the pair spun in the final turn, handing the race to rookie William Byron.
Speaking on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio today, Sauter apologized for his remarks, saying Rhodes’ actions were not as underhanded as he had first believed.
“Up until I had done that interview, I hadn’t seen any replays,’’ said Sauter, who limped his battered machine beneath the checkered flag to claim a 16th-place finish. “I was under the assumption that he just drove straight into the back of me, and that wasn’t necessarily the case. I called Ben and told him that all the things that I said, I take back.
“I hate that I said that.’’ 
Ben Rhodes
The Wisconsin native said that after viewing videotape of the final lap, his opinion of what happened has changed.
“I came off Turn 2 and I had a pretty good lead,” he said. “I went down the backstretch and I swerved… to try to break the draft as much as you possibly can. When I did that, the floats in the carburetor (stuck) or something happened. Actually, the motor started missing a little bit -- a couple of times -- going down the backstretch. That’s ultimately what enabled him to get close to me.
“I put us both in precarious positions,” he admitted. “My motor was missing. I must have starved it for fuel and it enabled him to close on me. I saw the position it put him in. I saw how fast he had closed on me. He probably didn’t expect it, nor did I. It was just a racing incident. It’s unfortunate.”
Rhodes initially accepted blame for accident post-race, calling his contact with Sauter, "a rookie mistake.”


  1. Aren't the engines fuel injection now? So the floats stuck? I. Can see that he starved the engine.

    1. Only Sprint Cup cars are fuel injected. Xfinity and Trucks are carbureted.

  2. Typical Johnny. Always blames the other guy, in the meanest way possible. I prefer drivers like Carl Edwards that say they need to see the replay before commenting on what happened.

  3. All it takes us a big mouth to say something regrettable. It takes a big man to admit when his big mouth was wrong, and to do it publicly as well.

    There's no guessing what's on Sauter's mind. There's no need. That's what I love about him.