BUSCH: Charlotte II: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter again partners with St. Jude for Memphis Busch Race Charlotte, NC (October 6, 2003) -- For the second year in a row NASCAR Busch Series veteran Tim Sauter will carry the colors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on his No. 56 Chevy...

Sauter again partners with St. Jude for Memphis Busch Race

Charlotte, NC (October 6, 2003) -- For the second year in a row NASCAR Busch Series veteran Tim Sauter will carry the colors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on his No. 56 Chevy in the Sam's Town 250 benefiting St. Jude at Memphis Motorsports Park. St. Jude is a world leader for treatment of catastrophic diseases and pediatric cancers in children. Last year Sauter earned his career best Busch finish while driving for the Memphis-based nonprofit research hospital. This season Sauter looks to emulate that same success as well as continue to make race fans aware of the life-saving mission of St. Jude.

"Partnering with St. Jude last year was one of the best experiences I had as a driver," said Sauter. "Visiting the hospital and seeing all of the work they were doing for kids really gave me a feeling of driving for a cause more important than just our team."

Sauter fought back from a flat tire early in last season's race at Memphis, finishing sixth. Sauter's relationship with St. Jude was fostered by a friend and former publicist Spencer Andrews. Andrews is a long term cancer survivor from St Jude.

"Coming away from our visit to the hospital last year we definitely got a sense for how important the work there is," said Sauter, a father of three. "I thank God that my children have not needed their help, but it is incredible just to know it is available."

Sauter's No. 56 Chevy will feature artwork on its deck lid drawn by Kate McKlosky, a St. Jude patient. She was diagnosed with Leukemia at age two and is enjoying remission after receiving treatment at St. Jude.

Sauter will also make a special visit to the hospital prior to the Memphis race to sign autographs and meet with patients. Helping children in need is a familiar cause for the Sauter family. Early in his 20-year marriage to wife Chris, the Sauters donated their time and resources to care for foster children in their native state of Wisconsin. In much the same spirit, St. Jude Children's Research center has provided cutting edge treatment for more than 19,000 children covering all costs of care beyond those reimbursable by third party payments and total costs when no insurance is available.

"I'm really looking forward to the race in Memphis," explained Sauter. "I made my Busch Series debut there in 1999 and have my highest career finish there as well ('02). We are bringing a new car that has only been raced at Richmond, so we hope to give St. Jude a good run."

Sauter will take the green flag in the Sam's Town 200 benefiting St. Jude at 3 p.m. CDT October 18th. The event will be broadcast live on TNT and MRN radio.

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