BUSCH: Nashville: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter Brothers battle for bragging rights at Nashville. NASHVILLE, TN (April 6, 2002) - For the first time this season, Tim Sauter will have the opportunity to gain family bragging rights when he races against his two brothers - Jay and Johnny...

Sauter Brothers battle for bragging rights at Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TN (April 6, 2002) - For the first time this season, Tim Sauter will have the opportunity to gain family bragging rights when he races against his two brothers - Jay and Johnny - when they take the green flag in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday, April 13. The Nashville event will mark only the second time in their careers the Sauter brothers will compete head-to-head in a NASCAR Busch Series event.

"I'm ready to get back to racing with both of them at Nashville." said Sauter, driver of the No. 19 AP Performance Racing NBS entry. "We have only been on track together in the Busch Series once before at Homestead, FL at the end of last year. We will see which brother does better at Nashville. Jay has been at this a long time and Johnny really exceeded expectations last year in the American Speed Association to end up in a great Busch Series ride this year. Nashville is my kind of track, so this race ought to be real interesting."

It seems all the Sauter's share a passion for racing. Their father, Jim, is a veteran of 76 NASCAR Winston Cup starts and is still an active driver. Oldest brother Jay will step in as driver of the Richard Childress-owned No. 21 entry for the first time this year at Nashville while the youngster of the clan, Johnny, will also be at Nashville in his fulltime Busch Series ride, the No. 2 Richard Childress Chevy.

"I love going to Nashville," said Tim Sauter. "To be honest, I miss the old fairgrounds track but the new facility is beautiful. We tested there two weeks ago and I think that we gained quite a bit. They've ground the concrete down since last year, so there is a ton more grip."

Sauter hopes this year's ride at Nashville will get off to a better start than his NBS effort did a year ago.

"They gave us an extra half-day of practice because it was a new speedway," said Sauter. "I wall running behind Todd Bodine when he spun out hit the wall. I checked up and Randy LaJoie ran right over the left side of the car. By the time we got all of the sheetmetal straightened out, we only had a little bit of practice left. Before I got back on the track at the end of pit lane the motor seized up, but my team last year was convinced it was okay, so we parked it and left it overnight. Two laps into the final practice the next day, the engine locked up."

Despite the problems, Sauter's team was able to get things on the right track and the Necedah, WI driver improved from his 37th-place starting position to finish a respectable 17th on raceday.

"It's will be an added bonus to have Jay and Johnny racing with us at Nashville," said Sauter of this year's event. "We help each other out with driving tips. We are fortunate to all be making a living together doing what we love. We're all pretty competitive, so I'm sure they will be trying to beat me just as hard as I'm trying to beat them."

Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo hope to make the best of their opportunity this time around when they take the green flag in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Super Speedway Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FX Television and broadcast MRN Radio.

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. For more media information, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities concerning AP Performance Racing, please contact Bobby Wooten at Motorsports Management Group at 704-236-9986 or by e-mail at bgwooten@msn.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter