Sauter, AP Performance Chevy flat out in New Hampshire. LOUDON, NH (April 27, 2002) - While many tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series tour feature steeply banked corners, it's the flat raceways like New Hampshire International Speedway that get Tim...
Sauter, AP Performance Chevy flat out in New Hampshire.
LOUDON, NH (April 27, 2002) - While many tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series tour feature steeply banked corners, it's the flat raceways like New Hampshire International Speedway that get Tim Sauter's motor racing.
"I seem to shine at the flat tracks like New Hampshire, Phoenix (AZ), Milwaukee (WI) and Homestead (FL)," said Sauter, driver of the No. 19 AP Performance Chevy in NBS competition this season. "Those tracks fit my driving style. The lack of banking in the turns reminds me of some of the tracks I competed on back when I was racing in the American Speed Association. I always did well at those tracks back then and I expect to do well at New Hampshire this weekend."
Sauter finished a respectable 16th in his first and only visit to New Hampshire in last year's CVS Pharmacy 200 NASCAR Busch Series classic. Like any first attempt at any track, it took the entire event for Sauter to get used to racing on the tough NHIS 1.06-mile oval.
"I had never been to New Hampshire before last year and it felt like a big Martinsville (VA) Speedway to me," said Sauter. "The long straightaways have you carrying a ton of speed into the corners. You are really hauling the mail. Unlike a place like Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway where you float the car into the turns, you drive straight into the turns at New Hampshire. That's how tight that place is. You have to get the car to hitch or pivot once in the turns to get going the other way off the corner. It's a very tough place to race and it took some time getting used to last year."
This time, Sauter returns to NHIS hoping last year's experience and an association with a new team - AP Performance Racing - will move him up in the final rundown of the Busch 200.
"This is a new team that we started from scratch this year," said Sauter. "It was rough at first - you begin to doubt yourself when you are not running well. The competition level in the Busch Series is tougher than it was in ASA, but this AP Performance team has learned and adapted now we are right on track for our goals this season."
Last week at Richmond, Sauter came back from an early race spin to claim his third Top 10 in four races. Sauter has climbed 16 positions in the points standings in the past nine races, placing him just 65 markers out of the Top-10. Even more impressive is the fact Sauter's solid performance has come without the help of a regular sponsor.
"We said right from the first race of the season at Daytona that we were in this for the long haul, sponsor or not," Sauter stated. "We're doing all the right things to be competitive and given the right situation, I think we could even win a race. If a sponsor wants to take advantage of that, we'd be happy to partner with them."
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will take the green flag in the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on FX Television and MRN Radio.
For more information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing team visit www.timsauter.com.
ABOUT AP PERFORMANCE RACING:
AP Performance Racing debuted in 1992 as an American Speed Association entry with team owner Alec Pinsonneault as the driver. The Windsor, Ontario based team notched 16 ASA victories and a pair of division titles with Tim Sauter (1999) and Johnny Sauter (2001) delivering the championship trophies. Now housed in a state of the art facility in Mooresville, NC, AP Performance Racing will field a full-time NASCAR Busch Series effort in 2002 with Tim Sauter again handling the driving chores. AP Performance Racing is a division of AP Development. Also in the family of AP companies are Build A Mold, A.P. Tool and Gauge, Moldplas, Inc, Trimplas, LTD, Trimplas 2 and Trimplas 2000.