Chicagoland: Johnny Sauter preview

Sandusky, Oh. (July 6, 2010) -- After a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway in 2009, Johnny Sauter is ready to return and chase victory in 2010. Sauter comes back to Iowa with Karl Chevrolet on board...

Sandusky, Oh. (July 6, 2010) -- After a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway in 2009, Johnny Sauter is ready to return and chase victory in 2010. Sauter comes back to Iowa with Karl Chevrolet on board again, and thanks to dealer principal Carl Moyer, Sauter will also make his first-ever attempt at dirt track racing on Friday night at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway.

What are your thoughts on heading back to Iowa Speedway for the second time? "Before we ever raced there we had heard so much about Iowa and what a great track it is and what an awesome facility it is so we really looked forward to coming out here last season. We ran really well here last year so we're coming back thinking we are going to have a chance to win. It's a fun racetrack. It took me about half the race last year to figure out how to drive the track and once I finally did then we went to the front. Now that I know how to drive the track we should be at the front all day long on Sunday."

Is Iowa more of a short track or a superspeedway? "I originally thought it was going to be more of a momentum track like a lot of the mile and a half tracks we go to, and maybe it is like that when we first get there and the track is green and doesn't have any rubber. But once we start laying down rubber I found myself driving it a lot like Richmond. The longer we run the more it drives like a short track instead of a speedway."

Since you say it drives like a short track, do you expect to see a lot of typical short track bump-and-run racing? "It is a fast racetrack but that doesn't mean you won't see a lot of short track style racing. I definitely think you can get away with some of that bump-and-run but you don't want to knock the fenders off. A lot of that's going to depend on who you're racing with and what positions they put you in out there. I won't say you'll see a lot of it, but I wouldn't rule anything out either."

Sauter to visit Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny, make his dirt track debut on Friday: On Friday July 9 the No. 13 Karl Chevrolet/Curb Records Chevrolet will be on display at the dealership, located at 1101 SE Oralabor Road in Ankeny just outside of Des Moines from 2:30 P.M. through 4:30 P.M. Sauter will also make an appearance, signing autographs and answering questions from race fans from 3 P.M. through 5 P.M. Following the autograph session, Sauter will head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway to compete in a Dirt Truck Racing Association event on the semi-banked half-mile.

"Last year we finished fifth at Iowa with Karl Chevrolet on the truck with us," Sauter said. "We're ready to go on back and try to get us and them a win. It's shaping up to be a fun weekend with the appearance at the dealership, the race at the State Fair, and then some good short track racing on Sunday afternoon. I've not done a lot of dirt track racing in my career but I am always up for a challenge and Carl's promised me a good truck. It's always fun to go to an area that is starved for NASCAR racing and Iowa has really welcomed us with open arms. I can't wait to get out there and get started."

-source: baker curb racing

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