JOLIET, Ill. — official release — Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America photo — Johnny Sauter has made the upper echelon of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings his home this season.
He currently leads the driver points standings over ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton (-7) and remains the only competitor to appear in the top five all season.
Don’t plan on Sauter falling from his perch atop the standings anytime soon, if at all. He has a combined average finish of 9.2 at the remaining eight tracks (he has yet to make a start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway).
If Sauter can hold on to the No. 1 spot, he will clinch his first NCWTS title. His previous high championship finishes were a runner-up showing in 2011 and a third-place performance in 2010. Last season, he finished fourth after posting a career-high three wins.
Trailing Sauter and Crafton in the standings are Ryan Blaney (-13), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-38) and German Quiroga (-48).
Sauter has just one win this season, but has failed to finish in the top 10 in only two of 14 races.
He competes next in the Lucas Oil 225 on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1) at Chicagoland Speedway, a track where he has posted four top-10 finishes in five starts.