Sauter gets a second shot at Nazareth. NAZARETH, PA (May 12, 2002) - The multi-turn Nazareth Speedway is considered one the most difficult tracks in all of NASCAR racing. Last year, Tim Sauter spent an entire weekend of racing in to figure out...
Sauter gets a second shot at Nazareth.
NAZARETH, PA (May 12, 2002) - The multi-turn Nazareth Speedway is considered one the most difficult tracks in all of NASCAR racing. Last year, Tim Sauter spent an entire weekend of racing in to figure out the unique one-mile Pennsylvania oval.
"The change in elevations at Nazareth is really tricky," said Sauter, who finished 22nd in the Nazareth 200 NASCAR Busch Series event a year ago. "Heading downhill into Turn 4, you think you can get into the turn like you would at any other speedway, but you can't. That's where I hit the wall right away in practice. After that, I knew we had to approach this track completely different than any other place we race at."
With the wall contact out of the way early in the weekend, the Necedah, WI native turned his attention to surviving the 200-lap Nazareth NBS test. At day's end, Sauter, who will drive the No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo in this year's Nazareth Busch Series classic, had a healthy dose of respect for the track
"Nazareth could be the trickiest track I have ever raced at," said Sauter, the 1999 American Speed Association champion. "It gave us headaches through practice and qualifying. Last season was the first time I had been there and finally, halfway through the race, I thought, 'Man, now I know what to do.' By the end of the race, I felt like I had the place figured out. We were coming up through the field, but it is really difficult to pass there. We could do it in the second half of the race. If we could have figured things out earlier, we would have had a lot better finish."
In recent weeks, Sauter and his first-year AP Performance Racing Team have been on a roll. In the past five races, Sauter has posted three Top 10's, and four Top 15's. He also improved 17 points positions in the past nine races. Surprisingly, the impressive performance came without the help of any regular sponsorship. This improvement in the young AP Team will make Sauter a top contender when he gets his second chance at Nazareth this weekend.
"Nazareth is a really tough place, but I have to say we are looking forward to coming back to race at Nazareth," Sauter stated. "I will have a much better grasp of the track and what we need to do as a team to make the car go fast. That alone will make us better this time around. My crew chief, Bobby Bakeeff, will make sure we will have a good car and I know we will have a more experienced driver. We have run well the past few weeks and I want to keep that momentum going."
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will take the green flag in the Stacker 200 at Nazareth New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday May 19, at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on FX Television and MRN Radio.
For more information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing team visit www.timsauter.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.