Sauter Wins Truck Series Opener with Holley EFI, All-New NT1 Engine

By: Todd Veney03/05/2018 < Back to Blog Home
Running a complete Holley EFI system and a host of other components from the Holley family of brands, NASCAR veteran Johnny Sauter won the Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Sauter went past pole winner David Gilliland with eight laps remaining in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 and held off GMS Racing teammate Justin Haley, who also runs Holley EFI, to take the checkered flag by less than a tenth of a second.

"I was incredibly pleased with the performance of the new Holley EFI package at Daytona," Sauter said. "Our Allegiant Chevrolet was just as strong, if not stronger, than it has been the last two years, so I’m glad we were able to show that on the track. To start off the season with a win puts me at ease, in a way, but there’s still that same pressure to perform well on a weekly basis. This No. 21 team just keeps getting better, GMS continues to improve as a whole, and I think we’re all in for a very successful season."

Former Cup Series star "Front Row Joe" Nemechek made it a Holley EFI clean sweep of the podium. In fact, the entire top five, including fourth-place Ben Rhodes and fifth-place Scott Lagasse Jr., all ran Holley EFI, as did nine of the top 10 and 20 of the top 22 finishers. Powered by the all-new NT1 engine with a Holley throttle body and fuel pump, ACCEL coils and spark plug wires, Hooker BlackHeart headers, HydraMat fuel reservoir, and Earl’s plumbing under the hood, Sauter earned his third victory at Daytona and the 18th of his career.

"The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the latest race series to add Holley EFI, and the debut at Daytona really couldn't have gone much better," said Holley Director of EFI Business Development Robin Lawrence. "Demand has outpaced our initial forecasts, and 27 of 32 cars in the field were running Holley EFI fuel management. Teams seem happy with the performance of the new combination, and the racing was great."