BUSCH: Texas: Johnny Sauter race notes

Sauter's weekend ends early in Texas. FT. WORTH, Texas (March 29) - 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...

Sauter's weekend ends early in Texas.

FT. WORTH, Texas (March 29) - 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.

The PayDay Racing team will lose first place in the team standings to the No. 92 team, featuring Todd Bodine. He finished fourth in the O'Reilly 300. The PayDay team dropped one spot to second place, 33 points behind the No. 92 team. Sauter, who entered the race as the seventh-ranked driver, is now ranked 11th.

"We've got the best team in the garage," Sauter said after the race on Saturday. "We just ran into some bad luck this weekend."

As the green flag waved over the field, Sauter was off and battling the PayDay Chevrolet as much as he was battling the rest of the 43-car field. Radio correspondence between crew chief Butch Hylton and Sauter gave the PayDay team a variety of adjustments to make on the first pit stop. On lap 31, the caution flag came out, and the PayDay machine was in for its first round of adjustments.

The PayDay team changed the spring rubbers, air pressure, wedge and added a full tank of fuel. Sauter was off, and the car began to come around.

Then on lap 72, Sauter told the team over the radio, "We just blew up guys," referring to the engine failure.

The teams that field Chevrolet Monte Carlos are learning to deal with a new 2003 body. Many teams are still experiencing growing pains when analyzing aerodynamic problems. The PayDay team was no different.

"We're still learning just like the rest of them," Hylton said this weekend. "We've gained some valuable information this weekend, and we'll be better every time out for the rest of the year."

Winston Cup regular Joe Nemechek won his second Busch Series race of the season. He also captured the event at Las Vegas. Scott Riggs finished second, and Shane Hmiel finished third.

The series will compete east of Texas next weekend in Talladega, Ala. The Aaron's 312 will begin Saturday, April 5, at approximately 2 p.m. ET.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Joe Nemechek , Scott Riggs , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter