AP Performance Racing celebrates NBS debut anniversary at Rockingham. ROCKINGHAM, NC (October 28, 2002) -AP Performance Racing made its NASCAR Busch Series debut at North Carolina Speedway one year ago reuniting with 1999 American Speed ...
AP Performance Racing celebrates NBS debut anniversary at Rockingham.
ROCKINGHAM, NC (October 28, 2002) -AP Performance Racing made its NASCAR Busch Series debut at North Carolina Speedway one year ago reuniting with 1999 American Speed Association Championship-winning driver Tim Sauter. The rookie team has come a long way since its 26th-place finish in the 2001 Sam's Town 200 and will now bring a lot of experience to the table for this year's Rockingham fall NBS event.
"We used Rockingham and Miami at the end of last season as on the job training for this year," explained Sauter. "Rockingham is a tough place - just making the race there last year was a victory especially when you have a new team right out of the box like we did. We have really come a long way since then and are right on target with our goal in 2002 to be in the Top 15 in points."
Sauter started 13th and finished 29th in the spring race at North Carolina Speedway this season when fuel mileage derailed a strong run at a top finish. Sauter has reason to believe the third time at "The Rock" may be the charm for AP Performance Racing.
"We had a strong car at Rockingham in the spring," said Sauter. "I consider this weekend's race as one of the last big challenges for our team this year. We are coming back with a little different setup than in the spring and I think I expect to be good there. This will be our third race at Rockingham and along with the test data we have from there, we will have a lot of notes to fall back on."
The additional data and experience aside, Sauter is slightly amazed at what has happened in a year, as his first-year team has found its way through the NASCAR Busch Series ranks.
"Last year seems like ages ago," said Sauter, whose team is still searching for a sponsor for the 2003 season. "We have come a long way and it is showing in our performance. Our plans have become a reality. All we need now is the sponsor to keep it going."
Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team will take the green flag in the Sam's Town 200 at North Carolina Speedway Saturday November 2, at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be telecast live on TNT 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.