BUSCH: Nazareth: Johnny Sauter race notes

Sauter keeps pace with 10th-place finish. NAZARETH, Pa. (May 18) - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter continued his impressive sophomore campaign with another top-10 finish Sunday in the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 at Nazareth ...

Sauter keeps pace with 10th-place finish.

NAZARETH, Pa. (May 18) - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter continued his impressive sophomore campaign with another top-10 finish Sunday in the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 at Nazareth Speedway.

Sauter's 10th-place finish was the team's 10th in 12 starts. Ron Hornaday, Sauter's teammate at Richard Childress Racing, won the event in impressive fashion, leading 148 of the 200 laps and successfully defending the late-race charge of Brian Vickers.

"These PayDay guys gave me a real competitive car today," Sauter said after the race. "Last night in Happy Hour, we cut down a tire and I hit the wall in turn three. Those guys went to work on that PayDay car, and were able to give me something real good to drive today. I've said it all year, but these guys are really good."

Sauter, who made his 50th-career Busch Series start on Sunday, qualified the PayDay Chevrolet in the seventh spot on the starting grid for the event. In Happy Hour, which followed qualifying, Sauter made several short runs in race trim to prepare for Sunday's event. Just two laps into his last run of the day, Sauter cut down his right front tire, which sent him slamming into the turn three wall. The damage appeared extensive at first glance, but the PayDay team was able to repair the car and have it back out on the grid for Sunday's event.

At the drop of the green flag on Sunday, the field sped off to a single file running order. The first 50 laps saw little action, as Sauter gained one position to sixth and battled a tight handling car. The first of five caution periods began on lap 56, and Sauter brought the PayDay Chevrolet into the pits for its first round of adjustments. After four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment, the PayDay machine returned to the racing surface in the 10th position.

The race would continue to see single-file racing and little movement within the top 10. Sauter raced between the seventh and 12th positions for the remainder of the race. He would only need one more stop for fuel, tires, and a spring rubber.

The final 25 laps of the race saw some of the best racing of the day, as five cars battled for the eighth through 12th positions. Sauter finally overcame lapped traffic and a late race charge by Jason Keller to hold 10th place.

The PayDay team remains the top-ranked unit, and Sauter is now eighth in the driver rankings, 160 points behind the leader, David Green.

Next week the Busch Series makes a stop at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The race can be seen live on FX at 12:30 p.m. ET and heard live on PRN radio at 12:30 p.m. ET.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , David Green , Johnny Sauter , Brian Vickers
Teams Richard Childress Racing