|Series||NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series|
|Race drivers||13. Johnny Sauter |
88. Matt Crafton
98. Grant Enfinger
99. Ben Rhodes
|Sponsors||13. Tenda, Vivitar |
88. Menards (Mold Armor, Black Label Bacon, Oklahoma Joe's Smokers, Rip It, Jack Links, Great Lakes Wood Floors, Ideal Door, Chi-Chi's, Shasta, Slim Jim)
98. Champion Power Equipment, Curb Records, Farm Paint, Advanced Distribution Services, Lucas Oil
99. Food Lion, The Carolina Nut Co., Tenda, USA Pickleball
2008 Kroger 200 (IRP)
1996 Sears Auto Center 200 (Milwaukee)
|Latest race||Nationwide Series:|
2008 Food City 250 (Bristol)
2020 Clean Harbors 200 (Kansas)
|Races competed||Total: 1,060|
Nationwide Series: 2
Truck Series: 1,016
ARCA Racing Series: 42
|Drivers' Championships||Total: 4|
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 3
2013, 2014, 2019
ARCA Racing Series: 1
|Race victories||Total: 41|
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 35
ARCA Racing Series: 6
|Pole positions||Total: 33|
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 32
ARCA Racing Series: 1
ThorSport Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. The team is based in Sandusky, Ohio. Owned by Duke Thorson and his wife Rhonda, it currently fields four full-time Ford F-150 teams: the No. 13 for Johnny Sauter, the No. 88 for Matt Crafton, the No. 98 for Grant Enfinger, and the No. 99 for Ben Rhodes. The team has won three Truck Series championships (2013, 2014, and 2019) with Crafton.
In 2008, ThorSport Racing made their Nationwide Series debut with Shelby Howard driving the No. 13 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for 2 races starting at Lucas Oil Park and Bristol. He then finished 20th and 23rd both of the races.
The No. 13 truck began racing in 2004, with Tina Gordon driving with sponsorship from Vassarette and Microtel. After five races, she left the team due to injuries she suffered at Atlanta, and Lance Hooper and Paul White shared the ride for the next several races. After several lackluster results, Jimmy Spencer drove at Loudon, finishing eighteenth, before Jason Small and Andy Houston finished out the season in the truck. For 2005, Tracy Hines drove the truck and had a fifth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway with sponsorship from David Zoriki Motorsports. He was released with two races to go, and Chad Chaffin and Johnny Sauter filled out the schedule in his place.
Kerry Earnhardt drove for ThorSport Racing during the 2006 season, his best finish being 11th which he recorded twice, at Nashville and Las Vegas. He was not retained for 2007 and rookie Willie Allen was signed to replace him. He had two top-tens and won Rookie of the Year, but was replaced at the end of the year by USAR Hooters Pro Cup driver Shelby Howard. Howard had two top-tens as well in the BobCat Company/FarmPaint.com Chevy, but finished seventeenth in points, and was released. Sauter returned to the team for the 2009 season full-time with sponsorship from Fun Sand. The team now runs through a partnership with Mike Curb. Sauter took ThorSport's third win as a team at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and giving ThorSport its first ever 1–2 finish, with Crafton in second. Sauter would finish 6th in points at the end of the year. In 2010, Sauter took home his second win at Kansas after late contact with Ron Hornaday. Sauter would eventually finish 3rd in points to Todd Bodine. For 2011 the team gained sponsorship from Safe Auto Insurance Company. Sauter would score wins at Martinsville and Homestead, finishing second in points to Austin Dillon. Safe Auto left the team, being replaced by The Peanut Roaster in 2012. Sauter's season was beset by bad luck, but improved performance late in the season, as well as sweeping the races at Texas, lifted Sauter to 9th in points. Todd Bodine took over as the driver for the 2013 season placing 11th at Daytona International Speedway, with Mattei Air Compressors as the truck's new primary sponsor. However, the team was unable to find additional sponsorship and was forced to release Bodine after the seventh race, with Brett Moffitt, Frank Kimmel and Tracy Hines each running a race before the team shut down. Kimmel returned to the No. 13 at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 2014, Jeb Burton was hired to drive the No. 13.Initially running on a race-by-race basis pending sponsorship, Burton's ride was upgraded to the full season when Estes Express Lines signed a deal with the team. However, the deal would not be extended to 2015, causing the team to release Burton, who subsequently signed with BK Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, the No. 13 was taken over by Cameron Hayley, with Cabinets by Hayley signing to sponsor the ride. Hayley returned to the ride in 2016. Hayley would have a dismal season, with not making it to the Chase and worse point standings finish than last year. Hayley did not return for 2017. He would be replaced by Cody Coughlin for 2017. After the 2017 season Coughlin was released and replaced by Myatt Snider for the 2018 season. Snider would go on to record 3 top 5s and 8 top 10s that would be good enough for a 9th-place points finish for the rookie driver.
Only a few days before the truck series season opener at Daytona, it was announced that Johnny Sauter would once again make a return to the team for the 2019 season.At Iowa, Sauter was parked by NASCAR for wrecking Austin Hill during the caution lap. As a result of the incident, he was suspended for the following week's race at Gateway. Snider was announced to substitute for Sauter at Gateway. Sauter was eliminated from the playoffs at Las Vegas when he finished 29th after experiencing an engine failure that also plagued three other trucks. Ilmor, the manufacturer of the engines, took responsibility for the NT1 engines that suffered from severe detonation due to the combination of the high engine load condition combined with the extreme weather conditions in Las Vegas. Despite Ilmor's announcement, NASCAR denied ThorSport's request to reinstate Sauter and Grant Enfinger into the playoffs.
On February 21, 2020, the No. 13 team was docked 10 owner and driver points prior to the Las Vegas race after an illegal engine oil reservoir tank was discovered during pre-race inspection.
On July 16, 2018 Chase Briscoe joined forces with ThorSport Racing and won the 2018 Eldora Dirt Derby in his first race in a NASCAR truck since 2017.
For the 2019 NextEra Energy 250, Myatt Snider drove the No. 27 Ford F-150 for Daytona.
Chase Briscoe returned to the No. 27 for the 2019 Eldora Dirt Derby. After leading majority of the race and winning the first two stages, a late crash lead to a seventh place finish.
Ben Rhodes drove this truck full-time in 2016 and 2018.
The No. 88 truck was the first out of the ThorSport stable. Debuting in the 1996 season at the Milwaukee Mile, Terry Cook finished 12th in the race for the team, which was then known as Sealmaster Racing. He ran two additional races in the truck that season, but did not finish better than 21st. Cook drove a limited schedule with the team in 1997 in the PBA Tour Chevy. Despite not finishing in the top-ten, Cook won his first career pole at Flemington Speedway, and finished 24th in the final standings. The team received enough funding to compete full-time in 1998, and Cook won his first career race at Flemington, but only improved to a twentieth-place points finish.
ThorSport began the 1999 without primary sponsorship before Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce joined the operation late in the season, allowing Cook to finish 15th in points. In 2000, PickupTruck.com became the team's new sponsor, and Cook had a total of eight top-ten finishes, but was replaced in the final event of the season by Matt Crafton, who finished ninth. Fast Master Driveway Sealer and XE Sighting System shared sponsorship duties for Crafton, who picked up eleven top-tens and finished 12th in points in his rookie season. Despite Menards becoming a full-time sponsor in 2002, Crafton only had six top-tens and dropped to fifteenth in the standings, but improved to eleventh the following year. For the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Buddy Rice was placed in the 88 truck 20th.
In 2004, rookie Tracy Hines became the team's new driver, and he posted three top-ten finishes and finished eighteenth in points. Crafton returned to the 88 for 2005, winning his first career pole at New Hampshire International Speedway and finishing ninth in points, a team-best. He slipped to fourteenth in points in 2006 despite ten top-tens, and repeated his top-ten total in 2007, moving up to eighth in points. 2008 was the team's best year to that point, with Crafton scoring his first win at Charlotte and finishing fifth in points. Despite not winning the next year, the No. 88 team finished runner-up in points to Ron Hornaday.
Crafton had another strong season in 2010, earning one pole at Texas Motor Speedway, 10 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, resulting in a season-ending rank of fourth.
2011 saw the second win of Crafton's career at Iowa Speedway, in addition to poles at Michigan International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, where he broke the track qualifying record. However, four DNFs (Did Not Finish) due to engine failures, mechanical issues and accidents caused by other competitors led to only five top fives and 13 top 10s, ultimately relegating Crafton to eighth in the final standings. In 2012, he had a decent season, finishing 6th in points.
2013 was Crafton's best season in his career to date. He won his third career race at Kansas in April. After this win, Crafton picked up the points lead and held it for the rest of the season. He finished in the top ten in the first sixteen races of the season, and 19 overall, with a worst finish of 21st in the season finale at Homestead. He clinched his first Truck Series championship with his start in that race,and was able to stay on the lead lap despite late crash damage to become the first driver to complete every lap of the season in the Truck Series.
On March 30, 2014, Crafton scored his fourth career Truck win at Martinsville.On June 6, he won on fuel strategy at Texas Motor Speedway to win two races in a season for the first time in his career. It was also the first time he led more than 100 laps in a race. Despite crashing out at Dover and Gateway, his first DNFs in over two years, and dropping to 17 top tens, Crafton would ultimately go on to become the first back-to-back champion in the Truck Series.
Crafton would score his sixth career victory on February 28, 2015, in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200, the revived Atlanta race. In May, he played fuel strategy to the win at Kansas, winning a second race at one track for the first time in his career. This also marked the first repeat win by any driver in the Truck Series at Kansas. In June, Crafton won at Texas to defend his victory from the previous season, another career first. In July, he picked up his fourth win of the season at Kentucky after the race was cut short due to Ben Kennedy's crash into the catchfence. He scored two additional wins at Martinsville and the season finale at Homestead, but finished third in the points due to a few crashes.
Crafton went on to conclude 2016 & 2017 with a runner-up and fourth-place showings in the final point standings respectively under the new "Playoffs" system.
Crafton finished 6th in the 2018 standings despite being winless for the time since 2012.
Despite also concluding 2019 without winning a race, Crafton made his third-ever Championship 4 appearance and beat out Ross Chastain by two spots to claim his third career Truck Series Championship.
On February 21, 2020, the No. 88 team was docked 10 owner and driver points prior to the Las Vegas race after an illegal engine oil reservoir tank was discovered during pre-race inspection.
This truck entered in the 2017 Eldora Dirt Derby, with Rico Abreu driving.
ThorSport first fielded the 98 truck at the 2002 Chevy Silverado 150 for Cory Kruseman with Agromin sponsoring. He finished 31st after suffering engine failure. The next race came a year later at the season-ending Ford 200 with Crafton driving, with sponsorship from Enzyme Magic as a sister truck to the 88 that he normally drove, finishing fifteenth. The 98 did not appear for six years until the 2009 Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire with Michael McDowell driving. He finished fourteenth in the Perkins Police truck. It ran another race later in the season at Texas with David Gilliland, but finished 35th after suffering rear end problems early into the race.
In 2010, the 98 ran at Daytona with Landon Cassill and EasytoInstall.com, but wrecked early in the race. The 98 returned in 2011 with Penske development driver Dakoda Armstrong behind the wheel with sponsorship from Ferrellgas and Argisure for 7 races. Armstrong later joined ThorSport for the 2012 season to make a run at Rookie of the Year. However, the team's EverFi sponsorship would only last for the first 14 races, forcing the team to release Armstrong before the fall race at Iowa and shut the team down.
The 98 returned for 2013 with Johnny Sauter swapping numbers. The team took back to back wins at Daytona and Martinsville, but suffered a setback when crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. was handed a suspension from NASCAR due to a fuel cell issue. Despite Shear's return at Iowa, he would later resign from ThorSport after the Eldora race, citing disagreements over the team being based in Ohio rather than North Carolina. Sauter would nonetheless win his third race of 2013 at Talladega, sweeping the restrictor plate events in the Truck Series. He would finish fourth in final points.
Sauter returned to the 98 in 2014. He dropped to just one win, at Michigan, but was a championship contender throughout much of the season before fading back to equal his fourth-place points finish from 2013. Sauter ran the Truck again in 2015, but announced late in the season that he would be leaving for GMS Racing in 2016. He would later be replaced by Rico Abreu.Abreu lost his ride after the 2016 season due to a lack of sponsorship. He would be replaced by Grant Enfinger for 2017. Enfinger missed the playoffs and finished 11th in points. 2018 saw a more successful year for Enfinger, as he made the playoffs with his strength throughout the regular season and won the fall Las Vegas race, advancing to the Round of 6. He missed the Championship 4 but finished 5th in points.
On February 21, 2020, the No. 98 team was docked 10 owner and driver points prior to the Las Vegas race after an illegal engine oil reservoir tank was discovered during pre-race inspection.On September 10, Enfinger won at Richmond Raceway and teammates Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton completed the top three finishers; it was the first 1-2-3 finish in the history of the NASCAR Trucks Series
On December 15, 2015, Ben Rhodes joined the team in a new fourth truck with sponsorship from Alpha Energy Solutions, the truck being numbered 41.He recorded two top-fives and five top-tens. He had a shot to win at Kansas Speedway until he tangled with Johnny Sauter on the last lap, leading to a William Byron win.
Rhodes returned in 2017 to the renumbered 27 truck.Rhodes won his first Truck race at Las Vegas holding off Christopher Bell.
The truck returned to using the 41 for 2018, scoring a win at Kentucky Speedway in the summer.
The truck would once again be renumbered for the 2019 season with the number 99. Rhodes won the Trucks' return to Darlington in 2020.
In 2014, Jeb Burton made his debut with ThorSport Racing after being released from Turner Scott Motorsports due to sponsorship, driving the No. 13 Toyota Camry at the season opener at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series. Burton started 21st and finished 29th after being involved in the early crash.
ThorSport fielded the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Matt Crafton in 2012 at Lucas Oil Raceway where he started on the pole, but finished 31st after being involved in a crash.
In 2012, nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel joined the team in the No. 44 Toyota Camry.In 2013, Kimmel became the leader in all-time wins in ARCA history with 80, en route to his tenth championship. Kimmel left the team for Win-Tron Racing after the season.
Jonathan Joseph "Johnny" Sauter is an American professional stock car racing driver currently competing full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 13 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing. Sauter is the son of former NASCAR driver Jim Sauter, the brother of NASCAR drivers Tim Sauter and Jay Sauter, and the uncle of Travis Sauter. He is the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
Matthew Justin Crafton is an American professional stock car racing driver. A three-time champion of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, he currently races full-time in the series, in which he drives the No. 88 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing.
Terry Cook is an American former stock car racing driver, best known for his time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He is married to former Craftsman Truck pit reporter Amy East, and brother-in-law to driver Bobby East. He is currently the spotter and driver coach for driver John Wes Townley and Athenian Motorsports, after serving as the competition director for Red Horse Racing.
Tracy Lee Hines is an American professional auto racing driver. He was the 2000 USAC Silver Crown Champion and 2002 USAC National Sprint Car Champion. He currently does not have a full-time ride in NASCAR as he competes for Tony Stewart Racing in three USAC series.
The NextEra Energy 250 is the first race of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway and as of 2004 has been held under the lights. It is the Truck Series event of Speedweeks – the series of races leading up to the Daytona 500.
Jay Sauter is an American former professional stock car racing driver. He previously drove the No. 34 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Frank Cicci Racing in the Busch Series. Sauter is the son of former NASCAR driver Jim Sauter, and the brother of fellow drivers Tim Sauter and Johnny Sauter. He also is an uncle to Travis Sauter.
Grant McArthur Enfinger is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 98 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing, and part-time in the ARCA Menards Series East, driving the No. 77 Ford for Chad Bryant Racing. Enfinger won the ARCA Racing Series Bill France Four Crown award in 2014.
The 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season was the eighteenth season of the third highest stock car racing in the United States. The season was contested over twenty-two races, beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR announced some changes, including the removal of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Lucas Oil Raceway from the schedule, and moving the Phoenix race back to its traditional fall date. In addition, Rockingham Speedway was added to the schedule, the first NASCAR has raced at Rockingham since 2004. James Buescher of Turner Motorsports claimed his first championship with a 13th-place finish in the season finale. Chevrolet won the Manufacturer's Championship with 166 points and 12 wins.
The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was the nineteenth season of the Camping World Truck Series, the third highest stock car racing series sanctioned by NASCAR in North America. The season was contested over twenty-two races, beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Matt Crafton of ThorSport Racing claimed his first championship with only one finish outside the top twenty and by completing every lap of the season. Toyota won the year's Manufacturers' Championship, while Kyle Busch Motorsports won the Owners' Championship, with its No. 51 entry.
Benjamin J. "Ben" Rhodes is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing. Rhodes won the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship with Turner Scott Motorsports.
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Brennan Cole Poole is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Premium Motorsports and part-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 30 Toyota Tundras for On Point Motorsports. He has formerly competed for Venturini Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing.
The 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was the 22nd season of the Camping World Truck Series, the third highest stock car racing series sanctioned by NASCAR in North America. It was contested over twenty-three races, beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnny Sauter of GMS Racing won the driver's championship with three victories. Toyota won the manufacturer's championship with 14 wins and 32 points over Chevrolet.
Noah Q. Gragson is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He is a member of Drivers Edge Development Program.
Chase David Wayne Briscoe is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi. He also owns a World of Outlaws sprint car racing team Chase Briscoe Racing. He won the 2016 ARCA Racing Series championship.
Myatt Martin Snider is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is the son of NASCAR on NBC pit reporter Marty Snider. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing and the No. 93 Camaro for RSS Racing. Snider is colloquially known as Sauce Boi, a moniker he picked up in 2018 based on his Louisiana Hot Sauce sponsorship.
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The 2019 CarShield 200 is a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race held on June 22, 2019, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. Contested over 160 laps on the 1.25-mile (2.01 km) oval, it was the 11th race of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season.
The 2019 World of Westgate 200 is a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race held on September 13, 2019, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contested over 134 laps on the 1.5 mi (2.4 km) asphalt intermediate speedway, it was the 19th race of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season, third race of the Playoffs, and final race of the Round of 8.
The 2020 Vet Tix/Camping World 200 was a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race held on June 6, 2020, at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. Contested over 136 laps due to an overtime finish on the 1.54-mile-long asphalt quad-oval intermediate speedway, it was the fourth race of the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season. Grant Enfinger, driving for ThorSport Racing, won the race, his 2nd win this season. Johnny Sauter was going to be awarded a third place finish, but after a tire violation, he was disqualified to a dead last finish.
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