BUSCH: Memphis: Tim Sauter preview

Lester Buildings driver returns to site of first Busch race After winning the 1999 ASA (American Speed Association) Championship, Tim Sauter had his sights set on NASCAR. He finally got his break in October of 2000 when Steve Coulter asked Tim...

Lester Buildings driver returns to site of first Busch race

After winning the 1999 ASA (American Speed Association) Championship, Tim Sauter had his sights set on NASCAR. He finally got his break in October of 2000 when Steve Coulter asked Tim to drive for his upstart team at the Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Sauter started 24th and finished one lap down to Kevin Harvick in 29th place in his Busch Series debut.

In addition to his first NASCAR start, Tim's NASCAR career best also came at the ¾ mile tri-oval not far from the home of Elvis on October 20th, 2002 when he finished sixth behind fellow Wisconsinite Scott Wimmer driving the AP Performance/St Jude's Research Hospital Chevy. Sauter is hoping this past success will carry over to Saturday's event.

This will be the last race for Lester Buildings as the primary sponsor of the McGill Motorsports #36. It's been a long year for the independent team competing against larger multi-car teams with Nextel Cup support and resources. "The competition level in this series is the highest it's ever been," explained Sauter. "With the number of Cup teams and drivers using the Busch Series for a practice session, a lot of the independent teams have been pushed right out of the sport, this team should be proud to survive. I'd like to finish with a strong run for Lester Buildings and the McGill team this weekend."

There are 50 entries on the preliminary entry list for the Sam's Town 250. Twenty-one drivers are attempting the "double-duty" of both the Busch and Cup races this weekend.

The Sam's Town 250 will be Tim's 111th start in the NBS and 116th career NASCAR start.

Tim is currently 27th in NBS driver points.

All three Sauter brothers will be attempting this weekends Sam's Town 250.

This will be the sixth time Tim has competed at Memphis in the NBS. Best Finish; 6th on October 20th, 2002 driving the AP Performance/St Judes Research Hospital Chevy.

Tim's thoughts on the Memphis Speedway: "This is a great little track to drive. The last two years we had good runs going here and both ended in wrecks. You really need a lot of brakes, especially going into turn three it's one of the tightest corners we see all year."

This will be the third time McGill Motorsports has competed at Memphis in the NBS. Best Finish; 21st on October 23rd, 2004 with Travis Geisler driving.

-credit: mgm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Tim Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Travis Geisler