Barring an appeal, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter will be suspended for this weekend’s race at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois.
On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR officials issued a one-race suspension for Sauter for his actions during last weekend’s event at Iowa Speedway.
Sauter, was involved in an on-track altercation with driver Austin Hill that resulted in NASCAR race control parking him for the remainder of Sunday’s M&M’s 200. Competition officials reported Tuesday that the suspension would not impact Sauter’s postseason eligibility.
A decision regarding a possible appeal and its potential timing were not immediately announced.
Trucks driven by Hill and Sauter initially made contact early in the final stage of the race, triggering a retaliatory bump from Hill’s Hattori Racing Enterprises No. 16 Toyota. That contact sent Sauter’s ThorSport Racing No. 13 Ford careening into the outside retaining wall, prompting the last of four yellow flags at the .875-mile track.
During the caution period, Sauter meted out payback with a prolonged ramming of Hill’s truck, carrying both vehicles into the wall. NASCAR officials ordered Sauter off the track, ending his day after 137 of the race’s 200 laps.
Sauter was scored 27th in the final rundown, while Hill righted his damaged truck to place 12th in the 32-truck field.
Sauter ranks eighth in the Gander Trucks driver standings. His victory May 3 at Dover International Speedway virtually clinched a berth in the series’ postseason field, which will consist of eight drivers.
Hill sits seventh in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series standings, just eight points ahead of Sauter. Hill opened his second full-time campaign in the Gander Trucks ranks with a victory in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.