Johnny Sauter and Armani Williams join Young’s for Phoenix Trucks
To end the year 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Young’s Motorsports‘three truck effort will have a couple of new names like Johnny Jump and Armani Williams respectively take over from the Chevrolet Silverado RST n°02 and n°20.
The 2016 Truck Champion, Sauter competed full-time from 2009-2021 before returning to a limited roster in 2022. However, what was meant to be a part-time schedule with G2G Race only got him to lead the season opener at Daytona – where he retired after a shipwreck – before the team continued through a carousel of drivers and drama. He returned to ThorSport Racing, with whom he raced for the past three years and much of his trucking career, for four races at Martinsville (finished second), Gateway (fifth), IRP (twelfth) and Talladega ( twenty-fifth).
Sauter has expressed interest in returning to full-time competition in the future, provided the race is competitive. Indeed, his performance in his handful of ThorSport starts and his CV back up his demands.
Williams has attempted four truck races since 2021, all for Reaume Brothers Racing. He finished twenty-first at Gateway in his first start, followed by three races in 2022: a DNQ at Texas, thirty-first at Pocono and thirty-fifth at Kansas. Before the trucks, he competed at various regional levels, including the ARCA Menards Series, where he scored a top ten in Michigan in 2020, and the Pinty’s Series in Canada.
He is one of five black drivers to have raced a national series race in 2022 alongside Rajah Caruth, Jesse Iwuji, Blake Lothianand Bubba Wallace. Williams is also the first NASCAR driver openly diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
“Phoenix is a very competitive race track, as it’s a smaller track, there’s plenty of room to race, which should put on a good show for Truck Series fans on Friday night,” said Williams. “As with any small track, track position will be important, so hopefully we’ll have a solid practice and qualifying session with our #20 Visit Mesa Chevrolet Silverado RST.
“From there we can make gains throughout the race and follow the expected track changes and hopefully fight for a top-twenty place when the checkered flag flies over the season.”
The No. 02 is twentieth in owner points, nine places ahead of the No. 20. The former has been divided Between Kaz Grala and Jesse Small for much of the season until Little’s withdrawal from the race, and the two recorded a top ten each. While the #02 had some continuity behind the wheel, the #20 was driven by thirteen other drivers: Jesse Small, Danny Bohn, Trey Burk, Sheldon’s Creed, Joey Gaze, Leland Honeyman, Matt Mills, Thad Moffit, Stefan Parsons, Parker Retzlaffand Dillon Steuer. Bohn holds his best result of eighth at Daytona while Creed scored a pole in his one-off at COTA.
As per usual, Spencer Boyd is in #12.