Minneapolis, MN - Labor Day weekend in Minneapolis is filled with excitement as the Minnesota State Fair produces a variety of activities and fun for the whole family. The highlight of the week is the Miller Lite 300, American Speed Association ...
Minneapolis, MN - Labor Day weekend in Minneapolis is filled with excitement as the Minnesota State Fair produces a variety of activities and fun for the whole family. The highlight of the week is the Miller Lite 300, American Speed Association event held at the Minnesota State Fair Speedway. A crowd of 16,000 was on hand to see all the action from this year's event. Johnny Sauter and his A.P. Performance Racing team came to the track with intentions of continuing their streak of good finishes.
Johnny began the day from the pole position, as the first 20 starting positions were determined through current 2001 owner's point standings. He would remain in the lead for the first 172 laps, until the third round of pit stops.
Eventual race winner, Kevin Cywinski, took the lead in the pits on lap 173 and lead the field to the green flag. Within 30 laps, Sauter had retaken the top spot and pulled away from the field.
The lead changed 5 times between Sauter and Cywinski, with Johnny dominating 254 of the 300-lap event.
The final round of pit stops came on lap 277. The A.P. Plasman Group Chevrolet came out in 2nd position, in between LaFavre Racing teammates, Cywinski and Mike Garvey.
On Lap 285, Johnny was heading into turn 3 when contact occurred between himself and 3rd place Garvey. As a result, Sauter spun. Through great driving kept the car off the wall and moving in the right direction quickly, he was back in the 8th position. The race restarted, but there was just not enough time to work through the lapped traffic and catch the front-runners.
"I was starting to make a move on Cywinski and the next thing I know, I'm turned around," commented Sauter. "We still got a top 10 out of it, but when you lead 250 laps, it's hard to swallow. We'll take the points and go on to Memphis, but what goes around comes around."
Sauter lost 15 points to Gary St. Amant, but still holds a solid 106-point advantage with three races to go in the 2001 ASA series.
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