Tim Sauter takes family bragging rights in Milwaukee clash. MILWAUKEE, WI (July 1, 2002) - Tim Sauter didn't win the GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at The Milwaukee Mile Sunday, but he did grab bragging rights at the next Sauter ...
Tim Sauter takes family bragging rights in Milwaukee clash.
MILWAUKEE, WI (July 1, 2002) - Tim Sauter didn't win the GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at The Milwaukee Mile Sunday, but he did grab bragging rights at the next Sauter family reunion. Sauter's ninth-place finish bested brothers Jay and Johnny as well as his father, Jim, in the historic family grudge match. The high-speed family free-for-all marked the first time since 1949 that four members of the same family competed in a NASCAR premiere series event.
"Being a part of this weekend was a tremendous," said Sauter, driver of the No. 19 Metro Milwaukee Auto Auction / Miller Welding Chevy. "We had an impressive turn out from all of our fans in the state of Wisconsin. It is an honor to be in a racing family that has been so successful and from this area."
Sauter's electric blue AP Performance Racing Chevy was strong right off the truck claiming the third spot on the starting grid with a lap of 29.761 seconds (120.964 miles per hour). The solid run was the highest starting position of Sauter's young NBS career bettering a seventh starting spot last weekend in Kentucky. In a show of family strength, all four Sauters qualified in the Top-10.
"I'm not too surprised we all made it in the Top 10," stated Sauter. "Those guys (Jim, Jay, and Johnny) came up here a week ago to test. They were pumped, but I had now idea I would do this well "
Sauter slipped back to seventh in the early going before making his first pit stop on Lap 58. Battling a tight handling condition, Sauter's AP Performance Team mad wholesale air pressure and chassis adjustments during the stop. Unfortunately, Sauter's Chevy didn't respond to the changes and he fell deep in the field to 20th before again heading to pit road with the caution fell again on Lap 130.
"I thought we would be good starting out but we were super tight," said Sauter. "I screwed up and made the wrong gear selection because I thought the track would grease up. I know better. I have raced this place and I know this place gets tight from the center off, but I will get it right the next time."
Sauter restarted in 18th position topping off his tank just prior to the green flag. The strategy proved to be a winner as the leaders eventually pitted early only to have the caution fly again on Lap 225. Now cycled up to the Top-10, the yellow flag allowed Sauter to make his final stop under caution. Sauter then closed the deal rolling to the ninth-place finish and his fourth Top-10 effort of the season. Meanwhile, Jay (13th), Johnny (12th) and Jim (29th) rounded out the family finish for the rest of the Sauter clan
"A Top-10 was good today," explained Sauter. "We did not have a Top-10 car and we caught a lucky break with that late caution. Lady Luck was good to us today. We have been on the other side of that before, as recently as Kentucky last week, so it was good to get a break.
"Racing against my dad a brothers was something I will never forget," Sauter continued. "It was a very special weekend of all of us and one that we will always remember. It brought a lot of happiness to our family, friends and fans. I'm just glad I'm the one who came out on top."
Sauter earned $19,600 in prize money maintained 12th position in the points standings.
Sauter will hit the track again Friday, July 5, when the NASCAR Busch Series visits Daytona International Speedway for the Stacker 2 GNC Live Well 250. The contest will be held under the lights on the famed Daytona oval with the green flag slated for 7 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 visit www.timsauter.com.