10 Questions with…Johnny Sauter

Driver of the #5 Super Late Model
Special Guest Interviewer: April Anderson

What do you like about Slinger Speedway?
Memories as a kid watching my Dad race, and growing up with all of the nostalgia is the biggest reason I love to come here. Slinger is fast-paced, demanding and challenging.

Who do you need to thank?
My wife (Courtney) and kids (Penn, Paige, Annie and Alice), Pathfinder Chassis, Wegner Engines, and Deppe Enterprise

Which Slinger driver (past/present) do you respect the most and why?
I’m from the older era, you know old school. Conrad Morgan, Tony Strupp and Robbie Reiser are the guys I remember being badass here. They were fast.

If you could have dinner with any three people (alive, dead, real or fictional) who would they be?
Pope John Paul II would be first, George Washington and Babe Ruth. That is the group I would pick.

If you could tell a young racer one thing of advice, what would it be?
Work hard and prepare to work harder. Too many times I see guys complaining when they should be in their shop working harder.

What motivates you more in racing, the boos or the cheers?
I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff. The fear of failing is what motivates me. I always want to make sure I don’t look like an idiot.

Where is the most interesting place you have ever been?
Mass every Sunday morning. A miracle takes place every Sunday at Mass. My family and I drive 25 miles to downtown Madison every Sunday to go to church.

Describe what is it like to turn laps at Slinger?
Very fast with a lot going on, but by the same token to me it’s rhythm. It’s all about the rhythm, doing the same thing fast but controlled.

Outside of racing, what is your favorite thing to do?
As I get older, I like to fish. Fishing is fun, especially ice fishing. I like it because I can go during the week by myself and have a couple beers.

What was your first car and how long did it take to get your first speeding ticket?
Ha! Before I got my first car, I got a ticket. I was going 92 in a 55; it didn’t take long…like a day or two after. My first car was a ‘77 green pickup truck. I thought I was the man!