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Sauter to test crate engine at Martinsville

NASCAR Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter will return to Martinsville Speedway on November 6 to test the new crate engine.

Sauter has tested the “Delta” engine three times this season-most recently tested the engine two weeks ago Talladega Superspeedway following the truck race and Monster Energy Cup Series qualifying.

During the test, Sauter posted speeds that topped the pole-winning time for the Talladega truck race.

“I thought it was good,” Sauter said. “I’ve tested the motor twice now. I tested it twice at Darlington over the summer. It had good speed. Coming here will be the real indicator – at a place that’s hard on brakes and we’re running a lot less rpm’s. But so far, we haven’t had any problems and it’s ran good so I feel good about it.”

Although Sauter expects to return to GMS Racing next season, he doesn’t have a contract yet.

“Obviously, I want to be back, but there’s nothing that’s signed and dotted,” said Sauter, who is second in the truck standings. “You’re kind of in limbo.”