06/18 16:56 CDT NASCAR suspends Sauter for 1 race for hitting Hill
NASCAR suspends Sauter for 1 race for hitting Hill
By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
NASCAR suspended Johnny Sauter for one race for intentionally ramming into
Austin Hill during the Truck Series race in Iowa.
The sport's sanctioning body said Tuesday that Sauter will miss this weekend's
race at Gateway, outside St. Louis. His postseason eligibility will not be
Hill nicked the back of Sauter's truck at Iowa Speedway, sending Sauter into
the wall and drawing a caution flag. While Sunday's race was still under
yellow, Sauter got his truck spun around straight before speeding up and
driving right into the back of Hill's truck.
NASCAR parked Sauter for the rest of the race. Hill, who had tangled with
Sauter in an earlier race at Texas, finished 12th.
"We look back at the history of everything we've done and try to react with the
precedents that we've set and then obviously tailoring those to the situation
that we have at hand," said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of
competition. "In this case, we felt like his actions certainly warranted being
sat down for an event, but it felt a little too harsh to take him straight out
of the championship, so we think we landed on what we feel is fair and a
A representative for Sauter's ThorSport Racing team told NASCAR.com the
organization had not made a decision regarding a possible appeal.
Hill is seventh in the standings, Sauter is eighth.
Brett Moffitt was declared the race winner at Iowa after Ross Chastain's truck,
which cleared the line first, failed a post-race inspection. Chastain's team
has appealed that ruling.
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