Sandusky, Oh. (June 7, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan riding a wave of momentum. Not only is he fresh of a runner-up finish last Friday night at Texas, but he has a new sponsor on board the No. 13 Chevy that he hopes...
Sandusky, Oh. (June 7, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan riding a wave of momentum. Not only is he fresh of a runner-up finish last Friday night at Texas, but he has a new sponsor on board the No. 13 Chevy that he hopes helps him grill the competition on the wide, fast two-mile Michigan International Speedway.
What's the biggest challenge to racing at Michigan? "It's big, fast, and wide so there is a lot of room to race but the challenge to it is keeping your momentum up all the way around. With the Trucks and the spacer we run, you have to stay on the gas or you lose all your momentum and it slows you way down. I like racing there and it's fun to be able to go three and four wide but keeping that momentum up while you're racing in traffic is a challenge."
Do you look forward to racing at Michigan since it's back in the Midwest where you earned your racing stripes? "I wouldn't say I don't like racing at Michigan but it's not one of the tracks I look forward to because the finishes don't really match with how we'll we've run there over the years. Last year is a good example -- we were running right near the front when someone spun in front of us and we got collected and tore up the right rear fender. We got that fixed and raced back up into the top ten and had a flat with three laps to go and ended up a couple laps down. But I have every confidence in the world in the truck that we're taking and with the guys on the team. I really think we'll be up front at the end of the day fighting for the win. If we can turn that luck around a little then Michigan will be a track I look forward to coming to."
Sauter's Midwest Success: Johnny has had much success racing in the Midwest, including scoring the 2001 ASA championship with 10 wins in 20 starts that season. Two of those races were in close proximity to MIS at Berlin (90 minutes west) and Toledo (60 minutes southeast). Sauter dominated both races, winning at Toledo and finishing third at Berlin after racing from the tail of the lead lap due to a problem on pit road.