Sauter faces challenge at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 28, 1998) This weekend's Parts America 150 at Watkins Glen International will be the first of three road course races the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will host at this year. ...
Sauter faces challenge at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 28, 1998) This weekend's Parts America 150 at Watkins Glen International will be the first of three road course races the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will host at this year.
Jay Sauter, driver of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy truck for Richard Childress Racing, is ready to take on the challenge that the twisting, turning course will provide. And he'll do so with a simple and straightforward philosophy.
"A road course is just an expanded short track," Sauter said. "There are two corners to enter on a short track and 10 or 12 on a road course. I use the same philosophy for both short tracks and road courses, you get in easy and get set to come off hard.
"Road courses are exciting because there are more corners to make up time on. You can mess up in Turn 5 and be caught back up by the time you hit Turn 8. Road courses keep my adrenaline up. It's real exciting from my prospective, and it's a nice change from regular circle track racing," Sauter said.
Sauter had little experience on a road courses prior to 1997. The Watkins Glen race was a good learning experience for Sauter, the No.3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team started 28th and finished 12th.
With six races currently in the record books, Sauter has lost only one position in the points standings. He is currently ranked fifth, 162 points behind the leader, Jack Sprague, going into Saturday's Parts America 150 at the 2.45-mile road course.
"I had run a road course a couple of times in ASA both in Minnesota and at Topeka," Sauter said. "The Topeka experience in ASA really helped us last year when we raced the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy. We qualified third, and we were leading on the last lap when we ran out of gas."
"My first experience at Watkins Glen was in 1997. "I ran cold turkey, and we suffered a little bit. We have whole better package going to Watkins Glen this year."
The No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team comes to The Glen after having a bittersweet run in Odessa, Mo., at I-70 Speedway last Saturday.
Sauter started 16th, and had worked his up 10th by lap 53 of the 200 lap race. At the halfway break, Sauter was in sixth.
Within four laps of the second half, Sauter moved into fourth place, and was running consistently with the leaders. A caution came out on lap 183. The green flag restart was on lap 190. Unfortunately, for the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team the truck in front of Sauter missed a gear.
Sauter checked up, and was hit hard by the truck directly behind him, causing damage to the left rear quarter panel. The team repaired what they could, and salvaged a 16th-place finish.
Source: NASCAR Online