Las Vegas: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter Rolls Into Las Vegas Tim Sauter and the Green Light Racing team roll west to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where the team hopes to rebound from last weeks' 23rd place finish at New Hampshire at this week's Smiths Las Vegas 350. Sauter...

Tim Sauter Rolls Into Las Vegas

Tim Sauter and the Green Light Racing team roll west to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where the team hopes to rebound from last weeks' 23rd place finish at New Hampshire at this week's Smiths Las Vegas 350. Sauter joked about the visit to Sin City this week, "I'm not a big gambler, I like to play a little blackjack, but chances are I'm going to stay away from the tables because we have just not had any good luck the last few races."

When the Lester Buildings Chevy rolls onto the track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday it will be the first time the Tim has competed at mile and a half speedway since the track was re-configured last year. Tim was quite comfortable with the old track posting 13th and 17th place finishes in previous Busch Series races prior to his dramatic crash at the track last year.

Last March in the Busch Series race at LVMS, Sauter collided head-on with John Andretti after he was spun by another driver and careened off the inside wall into the path of Sauter's car. The hard impact was among the worst of Sauter's racing career. "I was off the gas, but I was still probably going 160 when I broadsided his car. That's one of the hardest hits I've ever had but all the safety equipment worked perfect," Sauter explained. "When you have a wreck like that you have to put it behind you and be aggressive. If you look back it will only hurt your performance going forward."

The Green Light team led by Doug Howe will roll out one of the one of the teams most consistent Silverado's for the Smiths Las Vegas 350. "We should be alright. I've got a pretty good truck that we ran a lot," Sauter said. "I ran eight races with it: Texas, Charlotte and had some good finishes with it. Hopefully we can get it back dialed in and keep on building from that. The main thing right now is just getting a good finish and keeping it in one piece with everything we're doing."

* The Las Vegas 350 will be Tim's 22nd start in the NCTS and 135th career NASCAR start.

* This will be the fourth time Tim has competed at Las Vegas in a NASCAR event, the previous three in the NASCAR Busch Series. Best finish; 13th on March 3, 2002.

* Tim is currently 16th in NCTS driver points.

* Tim is leading the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by just four points over Willie Allen.

* Green Light Racing has competed six previous NCTS races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Best finish; 10th on Oct 13, 2002 with Jason Small behind the wheel of the #07.

* Tim is scheduled to appear at the South Point Racing open house on Friday evening to sign autographs with other Team Silverado drivers.

Tim's thoughts on Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "I really liked the old Las Vegas track. The re-configuration will make the track more like Texas or Charlotte and we ran pretty good at those tracks earlier this year. It will take some laps to get the feel for the track and to find a good line, I think we'll be alright."

-credit: glr

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers John Andretti , Tim Sauter , Jason Small , Willie Allen