Veteran NASCAR crew chief Richie Wauters took the leap into NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team ownership forming Wauters Motorsports in 2012.
Wauters’ career began at tracks around his hometown Green Bay, Wis. and quickly moved into the NASCAR Touring Series. Wauters crewed successful NASCAR Sprint Cup teams with drivers Kenny Wallace, Elliott Sadler, Robert Pressley and Jeff Green.
Wauters, in his tenure as a crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, led teams to 17 victories from 2004-2010 with drivers Shane Hmiel, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.
“It is something I thought about for awhile,” Richie Wauters said of his decision to become a team owner. “I had the opportunity to buy some trucks and have a great driver headlining the team. It hasn’t been a difficult transition so far and we are really excited about the season. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is very competitive and I’m certain the guys on this team will be right in the thick of that competition.”
In his off time Wauters still focuses on racing with his Late Model team. The team won the legendary Snowball Derby in 2004 at Pensacola Speedway in Florida and finished second in 2005 and 2015. His NASCAR Southeast Series team has nine wins over two seasons. The team won the Southeastern Elite Division championship and won the last race of the Elite Division at the Phoenix International Raceway in 2006.
Wauters has worked with such drivers as: Davey Allison, Aric Almirola, John Andretti, Kyle Busch, Bill Elliott, Jeff Green, Scott Hanson, Denny Hamlin, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Paul Menard, David Regan, Elliot Sadler, Jimmy Spencer, Dick Trickle, Kenny Wallace and Steven Wallace.
Dalton Sargeant’s career has already taken him around the world and has competed and visited victory lane in numerous different racing disciplines. From professional karting championships, to European Formula open-wheel cars, to NASCAR Whelen All-American Stock Cars to Super Late Model Stock Cars, Sargeant has a long list of accomplishments in a short amount of time.
Boca Raton, Florida native Sargeant, who is currently 16 years of age started racing karts in 2006 at the age of 8 in the 80cc class. In 2007 Sargeant became an official driver for Kart Mini Chassis in the Rotax Mini-Max Class, and finished in second position in the South Florida Summer Championship. In 2008 Sargeant went on a tear in the Rotax Mini-Max Class, winning multiple events, and placing in the second position in the South Florida Rotax Championship, and second position in the Rotax Summer Shootout Championship. 2009 saw Sargeant pull double duty, as he competed in both Rotax karting events and made his oval-track debut in bandoleros. After earning the Red and Blue Summer Shootout Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the bandolero class, Sargeant also claimed the Rotax Shootout Championship and Florida Winter Tour Championship. Sargeant continued racing and winning in karts through 2010 and 2011 by winning the CKI Mini Max Championship and was the Rotax United States Grand Nationals Karting Champion, representing the United States for the World Championships in the United Arab Emirates. In 2012 Sargeant moved from the United States to Switzerland and began competing in international karting events all over the world. He had several victories and podiums in the WSK Euro Series and CIK-FIA European KF3 Championships. He also began testing for several teams in European Formula Open-Wheel cars.
The 2014 season saw Sargeant make a big leap in his career, he moved from European karting series to grass roots, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model racing, but not before he finished in the second position in the IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda at Sebring International Raceway. On his 20th late model start, Sargeant picked up his first win at Virginia International Raceway and earned a second at Orange County Speedway. He completed his rookie Late Model Stock season with two wins, and 23 top-10 finishes at 10 different tracks around the Southeast.
At the end of the 2014 racing season, Sargeant also began his Super Late Model career at one of the toughest tracks in the country, 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. He went on to compete at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, the Winchester 400, the North-South Shootout, Mason-Dixon Meltdown and the Snowball Derby.
Sargeant is just as busy off the track, as he maintains a 4.5 GPA at St. Andrew’s High School in Boca Raton, Florida, and trains regularly throughout the week to prepare for time behind the wheel. His hobbies are centered around being in the great outdoors. He enjoys boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and hunting. If he’s not behind the wheel of a race car, at school, or in the water, you could probably find him attempting to get his truck stuck in the mud on the back roads of Southern Florida.
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About Spencer Wauters: Spencer Wauters driving career started just a few short years ago but the 22-year old driver has been around auto racing his entire life. Not only is he the son of Richie Wauters, veteran NASCAR Crew Chief and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner, Wauters himself is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew member for Wauters Motorsports.
Wauters first career start was in 2008 where he piloted the No. 5 Super Late Model in 10 of the 14 race PASS South Series posting one top-five and eight top-10 finishes. 2009 Wauters raced in five PASS South Series racing with a best finish of 3rd-place at Dillon Motor Speedway. 2010 Wauters raced in four events with a best finish at Dillon Motor Speedway of 5th-place position. In 2011, Wauters raced at Orange County Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, Concord Motorsports Park, Hickory Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway.
“Racing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I grew up watching my dad build race cars in Wisconsin. I started helping him out when I was five, helping on the NASCAR Series car and truck teams he worked. I work for Wauters Motorsports on the team that my dad owns and have been able to learn a lot mechanically and from the drivers themselves. Hopefully, it will all transfer over and we’ll bring the No. 5 TDS Super Late Model to Victory Lane.” –Spencer Wauters