Sauter Hawkeye Downs race report

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - The American Speed Association made its second trip of the year to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for Texas Roadhouse 300 on Saturday night. Johnny Sauter won the first of the two races during 2001 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in April. It was...

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - The American Speed Association made its second trip of the year to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for Texas Roadhouse 300 on Saturday night. Johnny Sauter won the first of the two races during 2001 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in April. It was the beginning of Sauter's amazing streak of nine podium finishes, six of which wins. Johnny and his A.P. Plasman Group team had plans to continue that streak during the 2nd event in Iowa.

Sauter started the race from the second position, but took the lead by turn two of the first lap. He would lead the first 50 laps with ease until Mike Eddy moved in to 2nd place and began to challenge. They would swap the lead three times, before Eddy moved to the point at lap 56.

Johnny remained in second until the first round of pit stops. His crew had a great stop and got him out back in the top five. Sauter patiently worked his way back to the front and retook the lead on lap 138.

"Anyone who says Mike Eddy isn't a great driver has a lot to learn," said Sauter. "He is one of my heroes and we put on one hell of a show tonight. It was a great night all over."

Sauter remained in the lead until the checkers flew and by that time had a commanding eight second lead on 2nd place finisher Eddy.

"This driver and this team are just awesome," commented crew chief Joe Shear Jr. "We just have it all together right now. Our team has gelled and I think we're just going to get better."

Sauter is now 77 points ahead of 2nd place Gary St. Amant in overall point standings. His lead over the closest rookie contender, Mike Cope, is now 495 points.

The American Speed Association will host its next race on Friday August 17th at Madison International Speedway in Oregon Wisconsin. The race will be televised live on TNN at 9:00pm EST.

-appr

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