Bristol: Tim Sauter race report

Bad Break for Tim Sauter at Bristol August 22, 2007 -- Bristol, TN. Tim Sauter felt past short-track experience would help guide the Lester Buildings ...

Bad Break for Tim Sauter at Bristol

August 22, 2007 -- Bristol, TN. Tim Sauter felt past short-track experience would help guide the Lester Buildings #07 to a strong run Wednesday night when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competed on the new concrete at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Green Light Racing team left the fast half-mile speedway disappointed as a broken track-bar mount forced Sauter behind the wall for lengthy repairs resulting in a 28th place finish.

Sauter qualified his Lester Buildings Chevy in 26th starting position with a lap of 16.22 seconds and held position on the lead lap when the teams made their first stop on lap 34. Sauter reported the truck was tight and he needed help getting through the corners. The #07 restarted 27th after making the adjustments and was running 25th when the track-bar bracket broke just past the halfway point of the 200 lap event.

The Green Light team did a great job with the repairs in the garage area and Sauter came back onto the track 57 laps down to gain valuable points. The team's work was well worth the effort as it moved Sauter from 31st to 28th in the final rundown behind winner Johnny Benson, gaining 9 championship points.

"It was just a rough night. We were real tight and then broke a track bar bracket off the rear end, we lost a lot of laps," Sauter said following the race. "The guys did a good job getting us back onto the track tonight, but we need to forget about it and move onto Gateway."

Despite the setback, Sauter moved up one position to 16th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings. Tim also leads Willie Allen in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings 126 to 121.

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Benson , Tim Sauter , Willie Allen