BUSCH: Nazareth: Johnny Sauter preview

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200; Time and Date: 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 18; Site: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA.; Live Coverage: FX (television) and MRN (radio) at 1 p.m. ET. Qualifying: 3:35 p.m....

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200; Time and Date: 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 18; Site: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA.; Live Coverage: FX (television) and MRN (radio) at 1 p.m. ET. Qualifying: 3:35 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 17; Happy Hour: Saturday, May 17, following qualifying.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing 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 No. 21 PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

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SAUTER SET TO MAKE 50th CAREER NBS START - Johnny Sauter, who is in only his second year of full-time competition in the Busch Series, will make his 50th career start on Sunday. Sauter has been impressive this season. Sauter has two top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in 11 events this season.

ANOTHER TOP 10 FOR THE PAYDAY TEAM - Sauter earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season and the ninth top-10 finish of the season for the PayDay team. The PayDay team has finished in the top 10 in nine of 11 events this season. That on-track success has translated into a 152-point lead in the owner points championship.

PAYDAY TEAM TO VISIT HERSHEY HEADQUARTERS ON FRIDAY - Hershey, maker of the PayDay peanut caramel bar, will play host to the PayDay Racing team on Friday in Hershey, Pa. Johnny Sauter, Butch Hylton and the rest of the PayDay team will start the day by meeting with the marketing and sales departments and showcasing the PayDay transporter and cars. The team then moves across the street to the Hershey Chocolate plant to receive a VIP tour of the facility. After the morning's activities, the team will be turned loose in the Hershey-themed amusement park, Hershey Park

HYTLON MAKES ANOTHER TOUGH CALL - Saturday's event at Gateway International Raceway left Hylton in a situation that has become quite familiar this season, pit strategy determining the outcome of a race. Whether it's been to pit out of sequence, stop for fuel, take two tires or four, Hylton has been faced with tough calls all season long. Gateway followed suit, as Hylton was forced to decide if Sauter would stay on track for the remaining 92 laps on one tank of fuel. As the caution flags came out, the tension atop the box lessened, and in the end, Sauter was able to make it all the way without running out of fuel. Another great call by Hylton!

SAUTER HAS POINTS LEAD IN SIGHT - Johnny Sauter is currently seventh the Busch Series driver standings, 134 points from the top spot. Sauter has led laps in four events and missed his first win of the season by a half lap in Nashville, where he finished second. Since he splits time with Kevin Harvick in the PayDay Chevrolet, Sauter drives the No. 43 Chevrolet when he is not in the PayDay Chevrolet. That feat has Sauter competing for a rare achievement, winning a points championship driving for two different owners.

TRADING SPACES - Since The Winston, the Winston Cup Series' all-star event, will be staged on Saturday night, the Busch Series event at Nazareth will be run on Sunday. Only one other Busch Series event occurs on a Sunday, the one staged at The Milwaukee Mile at the end of June.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON NAZARETH - "It's cool, but it's tough. Every turn is different and you can't always get your car the way you want it. You have to make due and get up on the wheel and drive. So of course that's why I like it."

ON HIS 50th START- "It's hard to believe that I'm about to make my 50th start in the Busch Series this weekend," Sauter said. "I've been lucky enough to make all of my starts with top-notch programs. I take every race on one at a time. Hopefully, some day we'll be talking about 50th win!"

BUTCH HYLTON ON CALLING THE RACE - "I like making the calls. To me, it just shows our team depth and our drivers' abilities. We've been pretty good this year at making the tough calls. You've just got to be smart and race smart. There are always variables you can't control, so you have to make due and make smart calls."

ON NAZARETH - "It's really a neat track. It's the closest thing to Pocono that the Busch Series drivers will get to race. I guess basically it's a small Pocono. It's really a driver's track. You can't have the car good in every turn, so the driver has to step up a bit."

ON SUNDAY RACING - "It's cool to be the main draw on Sunday. A lot of people reserve their Sunday afternoons to watch racing. Hopefully, we'll put on a good show and gain some more fans of the Busch Series."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing