BUSCH: Phoenix: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter at home on Phoenix flat Track PHOENIX, AZ (November 9, 2002) -Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing are anxious to get back to flat track racing at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. Flat tracks have been good to Sauter in his...

Sauter at home on Phoenix flat Track

PHOENIX, AZ (November 9, 2002) -Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing are anxious to get back to flat track racing at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. Flat tracks have been good to Sauter in his first full year of NASCAR Busch Series competition, and there is no question why in his eyes.

"I seem to shine at the flat tracks," says Sauter, the 1999 American Speed Association Champion. "They remind me of the tracks we ran in ASA. While this team has had some great runs at the larger banked tracks, it's the flat tracks like Phoenix and Homestead that I look forward to as a driver."

In the eight flat track races thus far this season, Sauter claimed four Top-10 finishes and six Top-15 finishes. His average finishing position is five spots higher on tracks with a banking of 14 degrees or lower in 2002.

This weekend marks the first time AP Performance Racing will compete at the Phoenix International Raceway. However, Sauter picked the one-mile oval to make the second start of his NBS career, driving in the Outback Steakhouse 200 in the 2000 season.

"I really look forward to running at Phoenix again," said Sauter. "Last year I didn't get to run there, but in 2000 I raced there in my second Busch race ever. We ran well all day, but had an unscheduled pit stop, lost a lap because of it, and finished 21st."

Sauter has experienced both triumph and disappointment on flat tracks this season. Sauter's worst finish of 33rd came at Indianapolis Raceway Park. After running in the Top 5 for most of the day, he fell victim to a late race spin with brother Jay Sauter. However, just three races ago, Sauter was again on top of his game rolling to a career best sixth place finish at the low-banked Memphis Motorsports Park.

"We are taking chassis 16 to Phoenix," explains Sauter. "This is the first car we constructed entirely in house at AP Performance Racing. It ran well at IRP and Memphis. We hope to have the same success at Phoenix."

Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team will take the green flag in the Bashas' 200 at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday November 9, at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be telecast live on NBC and will be broadcast worldwide on 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.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jay Sauter , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter