Tim Sauter started his first race at Kansas Speedway in the 35th position. Early in the race, Sauter's No. 19 Chevy sustained damage to his left front fender during a pit stop. After extensive repair work under caution, Sauter returned to the...
Tim Sauter started his first race at Kansas Speedway in the 35th position. Early in the race, Sauter's No. 19 Chevy sustained damage to his left front fender during a pit stop. After extensive repair work under caution, Sauter returned to the track in the 33rd position. After a long green flag run, Sauter fell a lap down to the leaders by the time the caution waved on Lap 132. However, Sauter battled back on the restart and got his lap back by Lap 138 when yet another yellow flew. Back on the lead lap and up to speed with the leaders, Sauter began to head to the front and thanks to a 15.76-second green flag pit stop, found himself in the 11th position when the checkered flag fell.
Did you expect to rebound from a 35th place qualifying effort and finish 11th?
"I knew we were capable of it, but I really just didn't know what to expect coming to Kansas for the first time. AP Performance Racing's intermediate track program is very strong, and I think if we had not had the damage to fix on our front end early in the race, then we might have had a Top 5 here today."
How much momentum does the team have right now?"
If you look at our pit stops, you can just tell that this team is pumped up. They practice all week, and come to the track focused. That really gets me pumped up too, and we have days like today-where we fight back and post a solid finish. We have learned a lot this year and the improvement has really shown these last two races.
How did your car handle today?
"We hardly had to make any adjustments today. The first 10 Laps of a run we were really strong, but eventually it would level off. The third set of tires were especially good, but the last set was a little loose. The car was good all day, we just had to battle back there from the early repairs."