Martinsville: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter Ready for Short Track Action Tim Sauter and the Lester Buildings ...

Tim Sauter Ready for Short Track Action

Tim Sauter and the Lester Buildings #07 Chevy are ready to go short track racing. The 1999 ASA National Champion has logged thousands of laps on tracks one-half mile or less throughout his career and the Green Light Racing team is ready to bank on Sauter's experience to guide them to a strong finish this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway.

Sauter realizes that it is time to pick up the pace, "I expected to go through a learning curve coming to the Craftsman Truck Series but I really didn't think we would start as slowly as we have. There is a lot of good equipment here at Green Light Racing, we've got good guys who are working hard in the shop. With the small amount of testing we can do, sometimes it just takes a few races for everything to come together," explained Sauter. "It's time for us to prove that we are better than we have shown so far this year, I'm ready to get to it."

Tim finished 19th last year in the Busch Series event at Martinsville, but the finish was not a true indication of how well he ran at the Virginia track, qualifying 14th and running near the top 10 the first half of the race before contact with two other cars caused Tim to restart in 30th just past the halfway point of the race. Despite the poor track position Sauter fought back to 19th in just over 100 laps.

Larry Lembrich, Vice President of Sales for Lester Buildings thinks this is the week the team will begin to show its potential, "I circled this race on the schedule back in January," stated Lembrich. "I just have a feeling that we are going to see this team begin to run better and give us some strong finishes."

This will be Tim's second NASCAR start at Martinsville. His previous start was last year in the Busch Series.

Tim's best finish at Martinsville was 19th in July 2006, in the NBS Goodies 250 from the 14th starting position.

Tim finished 14th in his last NCTS start on a half-mile track, at Bristol in 2003.

This will be Tim's 7th career NCTS start and 120th career NASCAR start.

Green Light Racing's best finish at Martinsville is 4th, April 13, 2002 with Bobby Dotter at the wheel.

Tim Sauter's thoughts on the Martinsville Speedway: "The only time I raced at Martinsville was last year in the Busch Series. It's unusual with the combination of asphalt and concrete. There's no track in the Midwest I had ever driven that's similar to it. I got to say it's pretty challenging to get around, you need to be careful that you don't use up your brakes because the corners are so tight, I really like the place and I think we can have a good run."

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter , Tim Sauter