Wreck at Talladega Ruins Johnny Sauter's Day (Talladega, AL) April 26, 2010 - Johnny Sauter was caught up in a wreck on lap 83 of yesterday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway and ended up with a 41st place finish. The No. 36 Tommy Baldwin...
Wreck at Talladega Ruins Johnny Sauter's Day
(Talladega, AL) April 26, 2010 - Johnny Sauter was caught up in a wreck on lap 83 of yesterday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway and ended up with a 41st place finish. The No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet was looking strong until Kyle Busch bumped Sauter from behind in the tri-oval, setting off the first big crash in yesterday's Sprint Cup Series race.
Sauter started Sunday's race 39th with qualifying rained out on Saturday and the starting grid set by Owner's Points. After pit stops during the mandatory competition caution on lap 20, Sauter kept the car in the lead pack for the remainder of his time on the track. The car made its way into the top-10 on several occasions and Sauter was running in 13th position when Busch made the contact that sent him spinning on lap 83. Sauter was unhurt in the crash.
"Well, we obviously had a lot of speed out there yesterday, and that was a great feeling," said Sauter. "The car was strong, but unfortunately we did not get the finish we hoped for. It's definitely a good feeling knowing you have a fast race car and we felt confident that if we were there at the end we could have done some good things. Unfortunately, someone just got a little impatient out there and our day ended early."
Team owner Tommy Baldwin headed to Talladega Superspeedway with plenty of confidence in both the No. 36 and No. 35 Chevrolets. However, the bad luck that has plagued the team for most of the season seemed to follow to Alabama.
"The weekend did not get off to the greatest of starts due to the weather on Saturday," said Baldwin. "We did not get the chance to qualify with Aric Almirola in the No. 35, and we knew the car was fast enough to make the race. Then yesterday we had a really good car until Kyle Busch took us out. That pretty much ruined our weekend."
The TBR team will look to rebound next weekend when the Sprint Cup series heads to Richmond International Raceway.