RACE REVIEW: Tim Sauter started the Sam's Club 200 from the 25th spot after turning a lap of 24.105 second (151.886 miles per hour). Sauter slipped to 30th position after the drop of the green flag, however by Lap 20 he had radioed the AP crew...
Tim Sauter started the Sam's Club 200 from the 25th spot after turning a lap of 24.105 second (151.886 miles per hour). Sauter slipped to 30th position after the drop of the green flag, however by Lap 20 he had radioed the AP crew that the car's handling was coming to him. By Lap 40 Sauter had worked his way into the 22nd position. The AP Performance Racing Team short pitted on Lap 79, taking on four tires and fuel and making a slight wedge adjustment. Once the green-flag pit stops had cycled through Sauter's No. 19 Chevy was posted in the 14th spot. Sauter continued his climb and was up to 12th when the second caution flew on Lap 111. Under the resulting yellow, Sauter entered the pits 12th and left 23rd after a stuck lug nut made for an extended four-tire stop. Back on track, Sauter ran lap times the same as the leaders and picked up four more positions. On Lap 185 the caution flew for the fourth time, allowing the AP Performance Racing pit crew to redeem themselves on the third pit stop. Sauter entered the pits 19th and left 15th after taking on four tires and fuel. In the closing laps, Sauter picked up one more position on track to finish 14th on the day. Sauter continues to hold the 13th position in NASCAR Busch Series points, and AP Performance Racing claimed its fifth Top-15 finish in six races.
TIM SAUTER POST RACE QUOTES:
How well did the team bounce back from poor track position today?..."We had a decent car, that definitely could have been in the Top 10, but we fought track position all day. Our miscue in the pit put the team in survival mode, and we came back to get another Top 15. Pit miscues are going to happen, it's how you handle them that separates one race team from another. When we battled back in the pits and on the track today, I think our team showed a ton of strength."
How did the No. 19 Chevy handle today?... "The car was a little tight all day. We freed it up a little too much in the middle of the race, and had to go back to where we started on adjustments. It was a Top 10 car for sure. I knew from the beginning of the race it was good. Our biggest opponent all day was track position, not the car's handling."
What is your outlook going into the last two races of the season?... "I am looking forward to Phoenix and Homestead. I like flat tracks and I feel very confident about our setup next weekend. We knew Rockingham was one of the last big challenges this year. The next two tracks really fit my driving style so I am really looking forward to them."