Pocono: Johnny Sauter preview

Johnny Sauter; Country Joe Racing Look For Pocono Dominance "NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie Pulls Double Header in Pocono" LONG POND, PA (June 8, 2007) - - Looking at the entry list for Saturday's Pocono 200 for the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) at ...

Johnny Sauter; Country Joe Racing Look For Pocono Dominance
"NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie Pulls Double Header in Pocono"

LONG POND, PA (June 8, 2007) - - Looking at the entry list for Saturday's Pocono 200 for the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) at Pocono Raceway multiple teams and drivers have a shot at taking the victory, but for Johnny Sauter and County Joe Racing, their agenda is simple. Run strong, outrun 'em and win.

Country Joe Racing is up to any challenges that Pocono Raceway may present including a hoist of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series teams trying to overshadow the spotlight of the ARCA regulars. However with NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) rookie Johnny Sauter aboard, the chances of scoring a second victory this season appear a lot brighter.

"We're looking forward to having Johnny Sauter driver our No. 32 Red Line Oil Dodge Charger this weekend," said Nate Thiesse, Director of Operations for Country Joe Racing. "Anytime you throw a Sauter into a race, you know have the chances of winning. We feel that Johnny brings a wave of knowledge and energy to our County Joe Racing team this weekend, we're looking forward to a strong run."

CJR (Country Joe Racing) enters the 10th ARS event of the season on a wave of momentum following an exceptional run by rookie Michael Annett last weekend at Iowa Speedway. Annett in his first run for the Minnesota based team scored the team's first ARCA SIM Factory pole award this season and backed up the top spot with an impressive third place outing in his RE/MAX Series debut.

Knowing Sauter's background and determination, Thiesse believes Sauter can bring another weekend of consistency and a winning attitude to the team.

"Johnny has the ability to take this team to victory on Saturday. We have a strong piece for the race. His inexperience at the track doesn't faze the team. He is a racecar driver. A winning racecar driver. The feedback he gives to the team will be strong and we'll be able to work throughout the day on Friday making sure he is comfortable for the race. We know that he will give nothing but 150 percent behind the wheel and we hope this is the first of several ARCA races this season."

Indeed, the youngest of the Sauter racing family will make his Pocono Raceway debut in the 44th ARS event held at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania track on Saturday.

Tackling short tracks, intermediate tracks and superspeedways throughout his racing career and several racing series, Sauter will surprisingly make his inaugural track debut at the tricky 2.5-mile paved triangle.

Despite his racing success, there's always room for improvement. Sauter, a native of Necedah, Wisconsin will utilize the ARCA event with the intent to enhance his NNC program for Sunday's Pocono 500.

"The ARCA RE/MAX Series is notorious for testing grounds for upcoming races throughout all of NASCAR's series. Johnny will use this event to learn Pocono Raceway with hopes of learning enough that could propel him to his first NNC top-five finish on Sunday," Thiesse concluded.

-credit: cjr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Michael Annett