Atlanta II: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter Returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Battered and Bruised from Martinsville wreck, Green Light team charges ahead When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visited the Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, Tim Sauter stood a disappointing 26th...

Tim Sauter Returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway
Battered and Bruised from Martinsville wreck, Green Light team charges ahead

When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visited the Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, Tim Sauter stood a disappointing 26th in the point standings. Tim brought the Lester Buildings #07 home in 21st despite suffering from flu-like symptoms throughout the evening's event it was the team's best finish of the young season. Since that time there have been highs and lows for the Green Light team.

The team has steadily improved over the summer bringing competitive racetrucks to most of the events and Sauter now stands 16th in driver's point standings. Perhaps the most heartbreaking race this season was last week's late race wreck that ruined a sure top-10 finish and destroyed the team's most competitive truck.

Despite the setback, Sauter says the team is upbeat and ready for Atlanta. "The guys are disappointed, but they have seen a lot this year. They know that when we run as good as we did at Martinsville that we are doing good things and if we keep doing those things it will lead to more good runs," Sauter explained. "I have to say this is the most resilient team I have every worked with and they just keep on working hard."

The Green Light team scored a top-ten finish with Chad McCumbee in #08 last fall at Atlanta. For Sauter, a good run this weekend could turn the team's fortunes for the seasons stretch run. "We know that we've had good enough trucks at a lot of the races this year, but we seem to have the worst racing luck in the whole garage," said Sauter. "Sometimes all it takes is one good run and you get on a roll. Success breeds success they say."

Larry Lembrich, Vice President of Sales for Lester Buildings is looking to finish the last four races on a positive note, "I'm 100% behind this team," stated Lembrich. "Sure, there have been some disappointments, but through it all Bobby, Gene and the Green Light team have done a nice job representing Lester Buildings this year. There is still time to get a couple of good finishes and get Tim into the top-15 in points."

Tim Sauter's thoughts on the Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is just plain fast. We were a little loose here in the spring, so we're going to bring a different package. Hopefully we can get a better handling truck, and give this team and Lester Buildings a better result than last week."

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tim Sauter , Chad McCumbee