HOMESTEAD, FL (November 7, 2001) - Given the odds, it's safe to say there will be a Sauter near or at the front of the Miami 300 NASCAR Busch Series race this weekend.
With the addition of Jay Sauter earlier today to the entry list of Saturday's NBS event at Miami-Homestead Speedway, there will now be three Sauter brothers in the race. Jay will pilot the No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet while Tim Sauter will steer the No. 9 AP Performance Chevrolet. Youngest brother, Johnny, already a winner this season after capturing 10 of 20 events and the series title in the American Speed Association, will make up the triumvirate in the No. 21 Rockwell International Chevy.
"This is a first for us," said Tim Sauter. "The three of us have raced in thousands of races, but never all three in a race together - not even as kids. To think that we're going to do it in a NASCAR Busch Series race is pretty neat."
While this will be the first time the three brothers have competed against each other, it's not the first time the Sauter name has shown up three times on the same lineup card.
"Tim and I actually raced with my dad, Jim, one time in a Late Model Stock Car race at Oregon, WI," said Jay Sauter. "I can't remember who got the best of things that day, but I know it was a great time. It was very competitive between the three of us and I'm pretty sure that's the way it will be at Miami between Tim, Johnny and me."
The Miami Busch Series event will actually be a preview of next season when the three brothers will race in the Busch Series on a regular basis.
"This is something we've always dreamed about," said Tim Sauter. "My dad was a great racer for a lot of years, both back at home in Wisconsin and around the Midwest, but also in the NASCAR Winston Cup ranks. I'm sure he's very proud of us. Depending on how things turn out at Miami, it should make for some pretty good conversation back home during the upcoming holiday season."
The Miami 300 will take the green flag Saturday, November 10, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be televised live by NBC and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.