Atlanta: Tim Sauter race notes

Tim Sauter Atlanta Rewind First race in new partnership ends in 21st place March 16th, Atlanta Motor Speedway Fighting both flu symptoms and a loose race truck Friday evening Tim Sauter finished 21st in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American...

Tim Sauter Atlanta Rewind
First race in new partnership ends in 21st place

March 16th, Atlanta Motor Speedway Fighting both flu symptoms and a loose race truck Friday evening Tim Sauter finished 21st in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Commercial Lines 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The finish was the highest of the young season for Sauter but didn't leave him feeling any better after the event, "I probably should have got out of the truck and let my brother John take over." Sauter said after the finish. "He was ready to step-in and I'm fighting this darn bug."

Rain Friday morning cancelled two of the three practice sessions so the Green Light team lost valuable time needed to adjust the handling of Sauter's race truck, "We were struggling with a loose condition from the minute we unloaded and we could have used that extra practice time. I'm sure we could have made the truck better."

Starting from the 29th starting position Sauter had worked his way up to 23rd when NASCAR threw a competition caution on lap 25 to allow the teams to check their tire wear do to the lack of practice earlier in the day. "I'm ok in three and four but really loose in one and two," Tim informed his team. The Green Light Racing crew made adjustments to tighten-up the truck, but throughout the next green flag run the handling became progressively worse and Sauter was lapped on lap 53 by leader Todd Bodine. "The track seemed to get looser as the night went on. I couldn't get into turn one all night long."

The Lester Buildings/TSI/ASI Limited Silverado got back on the lead lap by earning the lucky dog award on the sixth caution of the race on lap 91 and reached as high as 15th place before fading to 21st at the finish of the 130-lap race won by Mike Skinner.

"I want to thank Ken Smith of SS Racing and his partner companies for joining us this weekend," Sauter said. "I would have liked to get them a better finish than 21st. I'm looking forward to them joining us again at Lowe's in May. Hopefully, I'll be feeling better and we'll have this truck handling more like it should."

Lester Buildings Vice President Larry Lembrich was encouraged with the effort this weekend. "There is a lot of potential in this team and the guys didn't give up. I'm ready for Martinsville. That should be a break-through race for this team." Lembrich is also pleased with the new alliance with SS Racing. "There are a lot of positive things that our companies can do together."

The Green Light Racing team will race again in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 31st.

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Tim Sauter