NASCAR driver on recent road rage suspension: 'That's just racing'

NASCAR Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter was suspended for Saturday’s CarShield 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Illinois because of his conduct the week before.
During the Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway, Sauter and Austin Hill traded bumps with each other, but Sauter made the biggest move, slamming into Hill’s car and T-boning him as they drove across the track. NASCAR immediately parked Sauter for the rest of the race, and it suspended him for the next event. He also did all this when the caution flag was out.
NASCAR ruled the suspension, however, would not make him ineligible to compete in the playoffs, for which he had already qualified.
Sauter spoke to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday about the incident and his suspension, saying: “Having all weekend off was tough but, you know, sometimes it’s worth it.”

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.@JohnnySauter returns to the @NASCAR_Trucks Series this weekend at @ChicagolndSpdwy and he stopped by #TradinPaint today and addressed his suspension and how he plans to race Austin Hill moving forward #NASCAR @ThorSportRacing pic.twitter.com/6pCm9nQLYb
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) June 25, 2019

He also said:
“Obviously, a racer wants to race, and you want to be at the race track, but it didn’t work out that way this weekend. And I want to thank Myatt Snider for doing a heck of a job, ran really, really strong there at Gateway and didn’t get the end result that they deserved. But the 13 truck had good speed again. So that was encouraging.”

When pressed about whether or not intentionally and dangerously wrecking Hill was worth the multiple penalties, Sauter said a lot of it is “just racing,” adding:
“Well, I don’t know. Some people never get the point. So having said that, at the end of the day, I’m a guy that can work on his own race cars and build his own race cars, and I know that at the end of the day, the only people that really get penalized are my guys — or the guys that I really care about. …
“At the time, you do what you think is right, so that’s the way it goes. But I’m an emotional kind of guy as far as racing goes and when I win, I’m on top of the world, and I take this stuff pretty seriously. So tough situation, but like I said, it’s part of it some days.”
Initially, it sounds like Sauter is saying he doesn’t think intentionally wrecking Hill was worth it, but by the end of his explanation, it starts to sound like he thinks it was.

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