Michigan: Tim Sauter race notes

Tim Sauter Michigan Review June 16th -- Brooklyn, MI. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series put on a fantastic show before a huge crowd of over 60,000 at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon with three and four wide racing ...

Tim Sauter Michigan Review

June 16th -- Brooklyn, MI. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series put on a fantastic show before a huge crowd of over 60,000 at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon with three and four wide racing throughout the field. Green Light Racing's Tim Sauter fought hard throughout the event but the 23rd place finish in his #07 Lester Buildings Chevrolet was not quite the Father's Day gift he was looking for.

A disappointing qualifying run relegated Tim to the 34th starting position, but he soon found his Silverado was pretty good in race trim. By the 20th lap Sauter had moved up to 27th in the running order and when the races first caution few at lap 29 he was up to the 22nd position. The Green Light crew did a great job on pit road and Tim restarted in 21st when the green flew again. The second set of tires was not quite as much to Tim's liking and he slid back to 24th before gaining positions back to 20th when the caution flew again on lap 57.

The Green Light crew again performed service in short time and Tim restarted the race on lap 60 from 17th. It was looking like another top-15 finish might be in order for the Lester Buildings Chevy. But as the run went on, Tim's truck became increasingly loose entering the corners and he fell back to 22nd place when the races' third caution flew on lap 74 for oil on the track.

The team had a choice to stay on the track, or to come to the pits for an adjustment to prepare for the final run to the finish. They chose to come in and gave up some track position to try to improve the truck, but the strategy didn't quite work out and Tim was only able to work his way back to 23rd behind winner Travis Kvapil when the checkers fell on lap 100. "We kind of screwed up because we lost some spots. I made the call. I felt like the first of tires was the best set," Sauter said after the race. "When we took them off we re-glued them up and we actually put them on there at the end. I actually lost speed."

The finish was good enough to retain Sauter's top-20 position in NCTS point standings. "The race turned out better than how we practiced and qualified. We've still got to get better, but with the way the weekend started, it turned out okay. We think we're about a 15th place team, and that's where we want to be every week," Sauter explained. "We're off a little bit, but we'll just keep digging and see what we get."

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tim Sauter , Travis Kvapil