Charlotte: Johnny Sauter preview

Sandusky, Oh. (May 18, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to Charlotte on a mile-and-a-half hot streak. Since teaming with crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. at Chicagoland Speedway last August, Sauter has scored two wins (Las Vegas, 2009; Kansas 2010), three ...

Sandusky, Oh. (May 18, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to Charlotte on a mile-and-a-half hot streak. Since teaming with crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. at Chicagoland Speedway last August, Sauter has scored two wins (Las Vegas, 2009; Kansas 2010), three top-five finishes, and six top ten finishes on the 1.5-mile tracks. In the sixteen races in which the duo have been paired together they have racked up an impressive 8.9 average finish, including seven top-five finishes and ten top-ten finishes. If not for events out of their control at Martinsville and Dover, where trouble not of their own doing took them out of the top-five within sight of the checkered flag, they would almost certainly have added to both of those totals.

What's the most challenging part of racing at Charlotte? "The biggest challenge is the mechanical side. It's getting the nose down and getting the truck over the bumps. From a driver's perspective it's a great place to go race. It's fast and it has a ton of grip and it's one of those races we all look forward too all year long. I'd give anything to win at Charlotte."

How much of your previous experience in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series carries over to racing at Charlotte in a Truck? "There really isn't much that carries over at all. When you're driving a Cup or a Nationwide car you have to get out of the gas for so long, but with a Truck you're on the throttle wide open for a real long time. I heard Elliott Sadler talk about driving a Truck compared to a Sprint Cup car and he couldn't believe how fast these Trucks go through the center of the corner. So even though I've been to Charlotte a lot and had a lot of Sprint Cup and Nationwide races there, there really isn't any of that previous experience that carries over."

-source: tsr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Elliott Sadler