Sauter faces difficult day in Dover; finishes 21st DOVER, Del. (May 31) - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter met his match Saturday in the form of the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway. Sauter, who has had an impressive season to ...
Sauter faces difficult day in Dover; finishes 21st
DOVER, Del. (May 31) - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter met his match Saturday in the form of the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway. Sauter, who has had an impressive season to date, finished Saturday's MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 in 21st place after a long afternoon.
Joe Nemechek won the event, and Busch Series regulars Scott Riggs and David Green finished second and third, respectively.
Sauter is ninth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings, and the No. 21 PayDay team remains in the top spot in the team standings.
"Dover is a real tough track, and it got us this weekend," Sauter said after the event. "We battled an extremely loose car that we chased all day. The PayDay guys worked really hard in the pits and made some great stops. It was a disappointing day, but we'll get 'em next week."
Sauter started the weekend by qualifying the PayDay Chevrolet in the 24th position on Friday for Saturday's event. The team spent the final practice making numerous adjustments and working on different setups to give Sauter a better handling car for Saturday's event.
Rain showers headlined the weekend again, and Saturday morning was no different. Rain showers brought out the track dryers just prior to the start of the race. The race started on time, but all of the rubber that had been left on the surface from the previous day had now been washed off. The result was a very slippery track, by racing standards, and many competitors would have trouble throughout the day.
Sauter spent a majority of the day around the 20th spot. He found himself in some good battles for position, but had trouble with the loose-handling car all day long. The PayDay team made several adjustments to the car throughout the day, but the PayDay Chevrolet wouldn't respond and continued its loose-handling ways.
Next week the Busch Series makes a stop at Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee. The race can be seen live on FX at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and heard live on MRN radio at 7:30 p.m. ET.