Darlington: Johnny Sauter preview

Johnny Sauter No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet Preview: Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway Sandusky, Oh. (August 9, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter has eleven previous NASCAR starts at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway, but he...

Johnny Sauter No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet Preview: Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway

Sandusky, Oh. (August 9, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter has eleven previous NASCAR starts at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway, but he will be making his first career Camping World Truck Series start at the Lady in Black in this weekend's Too Tough to Tame 200. Sauter knows the key to winning is racing the track, but he also knows with just 200 miles to get it done, there won't be any time to lay back and wait for the race to come to him.

How do you balance racing the racetrack versus racing the competition in a short 200-mile race at Darlington? "You have to always be aware of the racetrack because as soon as you stop it will jump up and get you. So the best way to balance racing the track and racing the competition is to start up front and stay away from most of them. A successful night at Darlington is starting up front, not racing anyone all night long and finishing in the top five. You need a good truck and good pit stops to make it happen and you have to stay focused all night long."

Does Darlington remind you of any tracks in the Midwest, or is it truly a one-of-a-kind? "There are a lot of tracks we raced at in the Midwest where you race up next to the wall, like Salem and IRP, so that's a little bit of a help, but there really is no track that compares to Darlington. It's totally a one of a kind."

Which end of the track is more difficult, turns one and two or turns three and four? "Turns one and two are really tricky. You have to do what I call drive up the hill going into turn one. You turn into the corner and go all the way to the bottom then use all the racetrack, go up the banking right next to the wall. Then you crank the wheel and turn the truck and drive down the banking in turn two. If you aren't careful you can get into the fence because you run so close to it. Turns three and four are pretty self explanatory but you really need to be on your toes in one and two."

-source: thorsport racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
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