BUSCH: Milwaukee: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter Family superbowl set for Milwaukee event. MILWAUKEE, WI (June 23, 2002) - With four family members set to compete in the GNC Live Well 250 at the Milwaukee Mile, the odds are very good a Sauter will be visiting Victory Lane in the annual...

Sauter Family superbowl set for Milwaukee event.

MILWAUKEE, WI (June 23, 2002) - With four family members set to compete in the GNC Live Well 250 at the Milwaukee Mile, the odds are very good a Sauter will be visiting Victory Lane in the annual NASCAR Busch Series classic. If Tim Sauter has anything to say about it, he'll be the Sauter family member doing the celebrating.

"At the beginning of the season, when I looked at the schedule this was the date I couldn't wait for," said Sauter, a Necedah, WI native who will compete against his brothers Jay and Johnny along with their father, Jim, in the event. "It is important to me to perform well at Milwaukee. Those fans are the same people who watched me from the beginning at the weekly short track level. They know me. Some of these places we go with the Busch Series the fans don't even know you. Here in Wisconsin the people at the track come there to see you, it's an incredible support and motivation."

The Milwaukee event will mark the first time in the history of the Busch Series that four immediate family members compete on track together. While the three brothers have gotten used to racing against each other on a weekly basis, the Milwaukee event will mark the first time they will square off against their father in a NASCAR Busch Series event.

"I tell you, the old man still has it in him," said Tim Sauter, who will pilot the No. 19 AP Performance Racing Chevy at Milwaukee. "Dad used to test at Milwaukee all the time for Winston Cup guys like Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin when they didn't have time to test there. Dad would be the guy they called to practice for them. Even now, he still does tests for the IROC series. There is no doubt he will make the race and he'll be tough to beat.

"Johnny and I have raced at Milwaukee together before, but this is something completely unique, to have four Sauter's racing together," Sauter continued. "My dad and brother's could have the upper hand because his Richard Childress Racing team scheduled a two day test at Milwaukee last week. They are prepared and pumped up now I should be just fine there because I know my way around that track. I sat on the pole and won the NASCAR All Pro race there in 1994. I am usually the better flat track racer so my chances of a top finish are good. "

To celebrate his Wisconsin homecoming, Sauter randomly selected one lucky member of his fan club to come be in the pit with the AP Performance Racing team at Milwaukee. The winners were Patrick and Betty McElmury from Cannon Falls, MN.

"Ironically, they had never been to a race before," said Sauter. "They joined our fan club because they watched all of the ASA races on television. We have put them up in a hotel and they are riding to the track with my wife and me Saturday morning. It should be really cool."

Sauter admits that the competition will be tough at Milwaukee, but what he really wants to see is his whole family up front in the end.

"It's realistic that we all finish in the Top 10 because Jay, Johnny, and I have finished in the Top 15 twice already this year," explained Sauter. "For the limited amount of races Jay's running that's awesome. I would expect us all to be very competitive with each other, but most importantly this is going to be fun."

Sauter will hit the track when the NASCAR Busch Series visits "The Milwaukee Mile" Saturday June 30 in the GNC Live Well 250, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FX Television and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

For more information on Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing, please 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 fields 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.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter , Mark Martin
Teams Richard Childress Racing