Johnny Sauter to drive for Young’s Motorsports in 2022

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Johnny Sauter will drive truck no. 02 for Young’s Motorsports in this weekend’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway. Sauter, 44, has competed in five races this season.

The 44-year-old driver notably finished second at Martinsville Speedway in the No. 13 for ThorSport Racing and his last race was at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sauter will drive the first and final races of the 2022 Truck Series season while his former ThorSport teammate Ben Rhodes looks to go back-to-back at Phoenix Raceway.

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Sauter is among the most notable entries heading into the final weekend of the 2022 NASCAR season. While the other names may not be as surprising in their drives, it’s important to remember that Sauter is the NASCAR champion.

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Armani Williams will join Sauter as his teammate when he drives the No. 20 for Young’s Motorsports in this weekend’s NASCAR Truck Series race. Williams’ best finish in the 2022 season is 31st at Pocono Raceway.

Layne Riggs will drive the No. 1 truck this weekend. 62 for Halmar Friesen Racing. It will mark Riggs’ third Truck Series start, with his final race coming at Richmond Raceway with a 19th-place finish.

Taylor Gray will drive the No. 17 truck in David Gilliland Racing’s final race with Ford. The organization will be renamed TRICON Garage and fill the void left by Kyle Busch Motorsports at Toyota.

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Rajah Caruth will drive the No. 44 car for Alpha Prime Racing in this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Caruth posted his best finish of the 2022 Xfinity Series season with a 12th-place finish at Martinsville.

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Sammy Smith will return to the #18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend. Smith will look to redeem himself and steal the show after nearly winning his first career NASCAR race in the top three at Martinsville.

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Alex Bowman will return to the No. 48 car for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend. Bowman has missed every event since his concussion at Texas Motor Speedway, but was cleared to compete in his final race with crew chief Greg Ives.

Despite Noah Gragson not running in the #48 car, AJ Allmendinger will instead drive the #16 car for Kaulig Racing. Gragson will focus on continuing his Xfinity Series championship this weekend.

Stay tuned for more updates as NASCAR heads to Phoenix Raceway for its final weekend of the 2022 season. Everything will be on the line for the 4 contender championship.


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