SALEM, IN - Salem Speedway has always provided a great race and Saturday night's American Speed Association event was no exception. The 33 degree banked track was the site of the Tecumseh 300, the series 13th event of the 2001 season. Johnny ...
SALEM, IN - Salem Speedway has always provided a great race and Saturday night's American Speed Association event was no exception. The 33 degree banked track was the site of the Tecumseh 300, the series 13th event of the 2001 season. Johnny Sauter came into the race as the national points leader and had every intention of adding to his lead.
Starting from the 15th position, Sauter stayed patient as he worked his way through the field. By the first round of pit stops Johnny had moved into the 10th position and through great pit work by the A.P. Plasman Group team, he came out in 4th.
Sauter stayed in the top five for the remainder of the evening, but just didn't have enough to get by eventual race winner, Gary St. Amant.
"The car was tight all night long," commented Sauter. "We made adjustments throughout the race, it just wasn't enough to catch Gary (St. Amant). We'll take second and start focusing on Cedar Rapids."
The lead changed hands 7 times among 5 drivers with St. Amant holding on for the victory. He was followed by Sauter in second and Scott Hansen in the third position. The podium finish marked the 9th in a row for rookie, Sauter.
With the win, St. Amant moved to second in the overall point standings, 44 points behind Sauter. Johnny's second place finish added to his over 400 point lead on Mike Cope for the rookie title.
ASA will make its second trip of the season to Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids (IA) on Saturday August 4th. Catch all the live action in the Roadhouse 300 on TNN at 9 pm EST.