Bristol: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter -- Bristol Bound Wisconsin driver ready to test new track surface in midweek showdown The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will initiate the new surface at the Bristol Motor Speedway this Wednesday evening in a once a year...

Tim Sauter -- Bristol Bound
Wisconsin driver ready to test new track surface in midweek showdown

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will initiate the new surface at the Bristol Motor Speedway this Wednesday evening in a once a year midweek event on the most exciting track the series visits each summer. Tim Sauter and the Green Light Racing team have run very well on the last few short tracks and are ready to challenge the track's new variable banked corners.

Sauter's first visit to the .533-mile track was in 2001 competing in the Busch Series, Tim finished ninth the first time he had ever seen the demanding concrete track. He has since logged finishes of 21st or better in all but one race at the track including a 14th place finish the only time he competed in the NCTS back in 2003. Tim and the Green Light Racing team are hoping to improve those results the first time they visit the newly resurfaced facility in the O'Reilly 200.

The Lester Buildings Chevy has been strong at the last three short track events with only bad racing luck spoiling their chances for top-10 finishes. Sauter is ready to break that string of racing luck and finish strong at Bristol. "Our runs have been better than our finishing position shows," explained Sauter. "We just need a few thing to fall into place on Wednesday to get the strong finish."

Despite the lack of racing luck, Sauter is proud of his team and how well they have stuck together. "The one thing that has stood out to me this year is how good an attitude the guys on this team have and how hard they try each week," Sauter said. "It's easy to caught up in a lot of issues and problems or when something out of your control ruins a good run. We've had some challenges, but the teamwork these guys show and the fact they don't give up is refreshing."

The Lester Buildings Silverado that Doug Howe and the Green Light team are bringing to Bristol has raced several times this season finishing 17th at Dover last time out, "This truck as the most travel of any we have so it's a good choice for Bristol," Tim commented. "We are going to get some extra time on the track Tuesday so we will get a few laps to see how it feels and work on finding some speed."

Tim's thoughts on Bristol Motor Speedway: "I'm looking forward to the new surface at Bristol. The progressive banking should make for some good side-by-side racing."

Shane Sieg will be Tim's teammate this week taking the wheel of the #08. He has 23 previous starts for Green Light Racing.

37 trucks are pre-entered for the O'Reilly 200. The race is scheduled for 7:30PM EST Wednesday evening and will be broadcast live on SPEED TV and also on MRN radio. Mark Martin is the defending race winner.

-credit: glr

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