Sponsorless vehicles are a common sight in NASCAR’s new age, but a defending series champion being sponsorless? That’s not exactly what you see every day.
That was, however, the case for GMS Racing and Johnny Sauter, the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. Sauter’s team unloaded their No. 21 truck with a blank, white canvas. Things got a little brighter for the team when a last minute supporter in Karl Chevrolet stepped up to assist the team in their fight for their second win of the season.
“While watching the practice at Michigan, I saw that Johnny’s truck didn’t have a sponsor this weekend, and thought it would be a great opportunity for Karl Chevrolet to put our name on his truck,” said Carl Moyer, owner of Karl Chevrolet. “We have a long-standing friendship and racing history and I felt it was a great time to have Johnny represent Karl Chevrolet while in Michigan.”
Sauter will chase his second win at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. The Wisconsin native has shown a solid pace in practice thus far after being second quickest to John Hunter Nemechek in final practice on Friday.
“I’m excited to have Karl Chevrolet on board the No. 21 this weekend. They sponsored me a few years back and I’ve actually raced against Carl at Iowa State Fair Speedway, so it’s really cool to reignite that relationship,” said Sauter. “I really appreciate Carl and everyone at Karl Chevrolet for helping us out this weekend. We’ve got a fast Chevy, so hopefully we can go out and get them a win.”