BUSCH: Talladega: Johnny Sauter preview

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will ...

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 15 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

TROUBLE IN TEXAS - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter finished 37th on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly 300. The PayDay Chevrolet's engine expired after 71 of 200 laps.

TEAM RANKINGS - After six events, the PayDay Racing team is second in the team rankings, 33 points behind the No. 92 team (Todd Bodine) and 71 points ahead of the third-place No. 57 team (Jason Keller).

DRIVER RANKINGS - After Saturday's 37th-place finish in the O'Reilly 300, Sauter moves to 11th in the standings, 222 points behind the leader, Todd Bodine.

THE CAR - Crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 017 on the PayDay transporter for this weekend's Aaron's 312. Chassis No. 017 is the same car that qualified third and finished third at the season-opening Koolerz 300 in Daytona.

JOHNNY AND TALLADEGA PART 1 - One year ago, Sauter sat on the pole for the Aaron's 312 as driver of the No. 2 AC DELCO Chevrolet. However, as a result of a lap 14 wreck, Sauter slid on his roof down the frontstretch and finished 33rd.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON THE PASSING RULE - "They (NASCAR) talk about it every week in the drivers meeting. I take the rule to mean, if you begin to pass on the left, you have to check up, and let the car regain daylight, before you complete the pass. Last week was one of those situations where a guy missed a shift, and the other guy had only one place to go to avoid trouble."

ON "THE BIG ONE" - "Big wrecks happen at Daytona and Talladega. It's just a reality. I was involved in the "big one" last year, and it happened just 14 laps into the race. The only thing you can do is run your race and concentrate on what you are doing. Hopefully, in the end you've avoided trouble and put yourself in a position to win."

ON THE GUIDANCE FROM BUTCH HYLTON - "Butch and I really click well together. He knows what I'm looking for in my racecars, and I know how to relate that to him. Butch is a proven winner, and that's the type of person I want making the calls on my car. I just want to be able to continue to make him a winner."

ON HIS SEASON TO DATE - "I've had some bad luck, but I'm still in good shape as far as the points go. Obviously, you want to win every race and sit on every pole. I've learned a lot this year, and those things are going to come soon. I'm excited, and most of all, I just want to race."

BUTCH HYLTON ON THE PASSING RULE - "The rule is a little hazy. Last weekend's decision could've gone both ways. The rule needs to be firmed up so it can be a black and white decision for everyone involved."

ON GOING BACK TO A SUPERSPEEDWAY - "We had a great car in Daytona. So I'm excited to be taking that car to Talladega. Talladega is a little easier, in comparison to Daytona. Johnny sat on the pole last year, and this car qualified third in Daytona. We should be pretty good right off the hauler."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing