BUSCH: Nashville: Johnny Sauter preview

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will ...

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 15 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

TV PANEL SPONSOR - MAPCO Express, the presenting sponsor of the Pepsi 300, will be riding along on the TV Panel of the PayDay Chevy this weekend. MAPCO Express, which has more than 200 stores, is located primarily in Memphis and Nashville and employs 1,500 people.

NOT SO SUPER TALLADEGA - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter finished 26th on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312. The PayDay Chevrolet suffered from a damaged left-rear tire on lap nine. The tire problem forced Sauter up the banking and a 20-car wreck ensued. The PayDay team was able to make repairs and return the PayDay Chevy back to the racing surface. The team gained three points in the rankings since the No. 92 team finished 27th.

TEAM RANKINGS - After seven events, the PayDay Racing team is second in the team rankings, 30 points behind the No. 92 team (Todd Bodine) and 9 points ahead of the third-place No. 57 team (Jason Keller).

DRIVER RANKINGS - After Saturday's 26th-place finish in the Aaron's 312, Sauter remained 11th in the standings, 219 points behind the leader, Todd Bodine, and seven points behind the 10th-place occupant, Mike Wallace.

THE CAR - Crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 005, the No. 21 team's oldest and favorite car. Over the winter, the team rebuilt the chassis, hung a 2003 Monte Carlo body on it, and made it into an even better downforce car. The team took the car as a backup during its Las Vegas test with Kevin Harvick in January.

A NASHVILLE WIN - In 2001 Sauter captured one of his record 10 ASA wins of the season in Nashville. That year, Sauter was not only the Rookie of the Year, but also the series Champion. Along the way, Sauter set numerous single-season ASA records, including most wins in a season (10).

JOHNNY SAUTER

ON THE "BIG ONE" AT TALLADEGA - "I don't know what I've got to do to avoid it. Last year I made it 12 laps. This year I made it nine. It's just plain bad luck. I hate it for the PayDay team. People want to talk about possible solutions. I don't know the best one. All I know is that we had a great car and should have been there in contention at the end for a win. But, you get a bunch of cars running 200 mph, and there isn't a whole lot of room for error."

ON NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY - "It's a beautiful facility and fun to drive. Nashville is a special town for me since I got an ASA win there. Last year, we had decent runs in the No. 2 car. Butch (Hylton) and his guys had great cars there, so I'm excited to get there."

ON STAND ALONE BUSCH EVENTS - "They're really important for the series. I mean, whenever we can be the main draw, that's nothing but good for the series. These events are what really shape the points race as well. When the Cup guys aren't around, the points will really start to shake up."

ON ATTITUDE - "The past couple of weeks have been tough. The things that happened were out of my control, and that makes it a little tougher to handle. I still go to the shop everyday with the highest expectations. I'll go to the track this weekend the same way. Every time I get in the race car I think I'm going to win. I want to be the fastest car on every single lap."

CREW CHIEF BUTCH HYLTON

ON BAD LUCK - "There wasn't a whole lot we could do about the past few weeks. We're now due for something good. The most important thing for us is that we were able to collect some points and keep us in contention for the owner's championship."

ON STAND ALONE BUSCH EVENTS - "They're really important for us. It's the purist form of points racing we have since the Cup guys aren't around. They're fun weekends, and a little less hectic."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing