Excitement is building as we approach the 31st Annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Our team at Smokey Mountain is all the more amped because we thoroughly enjoy any chance to watch tough, rugged trucks go fender-to-fender at top speeds, and this year we have a new driver to call our own. The Kroger 250 will be the first of six races that Smokey Mountain Chew will be sponsoring last year’s race winner and Truck Series veteran, Johnny Sauter.
Sauter comes from the small town of Necedah, Wisconsin and follows in the tire marks of his father, NASCAR legend, Jim Sauter. Jim instilled his passion and competitive nature into his children. Out of the twelve Sauter children, Johnny and two of his brothers, Tim and Jay, took up the exhilarating sport. Although Sauter didn’t begin racing until after high school graduation, he proved to be a natural. The thrill that comes with racing a truck up against the nation’s most skilled drivers was something he couldn’t pass up. For the past five years, Sauter has raced for the Ohio-based, ThorSport Racing team and has finished in the top-10 each year. Last year, Sauter scored wins in the first two races of the season, including his second win in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The 35-year-old driver went on to lead 62 laps, claim one pole, three wins, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes en route to a fourth-place finish in the final Truck Series points standings.
The Kroger 250 will rev into Martinsville on March 29 and the defending race winner, Johnny Sauter, will be the one to watch.
So get your boys together, throw in a Smokey Mountain lipper and hoot and holler as some of the nation’s best truck drivers go head-to-head around the fast half-mile paperclip.
ABOUT SMOKEY MOUNTAIN
Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest tobacco-free smokeless company and the category innovator. They invented non-tobacco chew as a tobacco-free and nicotine-free option for consumers looking to quit or reduce their consumption of moist smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snus. Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless brand on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.
ABOUT THORSPORT RACING:
ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has run in the Truck Series since 1996, in 2014 will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by 2013 drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 VAMP/VaporBrands International, Inc. Toyota Tundra driven by Jeb Burton in the Truck Series and the No. 13 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Toyota Camry driven by Burton in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.