Fuel Mileage Bites Sauter at Bristol Bristol, Tenn. (August 18, 2010) -- After running in the top four for most of the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Johnny Sauter was forced to bring the No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records ...
Fuel Mileage Bites Sauter at Bristol
Bristol, Tenn. (August 18, 2010) -- After running in the top four for most of the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Johnny Sauter was forced to bring the No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet to pit road for a quick splash of fuel with less than ten laps to go, ending his chances for a top-five finish and relegating him to eleventh at the finish.
Sauter pitted along with eventual race winner Kyle Busch under caution at lap 32, taking tires and fuel and planning on going the rest of the distance without an additional pit stop. Numerous others stayed out, but when the next caution waved and the rest of the field pitted Sauter moved up to the top five, exactly as planned. The numerous caution laps throughout the night would help Sauter extend the fuel mileage, but that also meant late in the race the fuel left in the cell might not reach the pickup on the banking under a late-race caution.
"It's a heartbreaker for sure. We obviously had a great truck today and I thought we had a chance to race for the win," Sauter said. "At the very least we were a third-place truck, but under the caution we started losing fuel pressure. We're up on the banks and the fuel runs down into the left side of the fuel cell and the pickup is over to the right. If we were running under green it probably wouldn't have been a problem, but as it was we ran out. It's a tough end to what should have been a good night."
Sauter remains fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, now sitting 82 points behind second-place Aric Almirola and 288 points behind leader Todd Bodine.
"It's disappointing for the guys because they've worked so hard and given me a top five truck just about every week for the past three months," Sauter said. "It seemed like we had a chance to make up some points on some of the guys we're racing for the championship. They all seemed to have some trouble today and we had a relatively smooth night. We missed a few wrecks that happened right in front of us that we easily could have been caught up in. It seemed like it was going to be our night right up until we ran out of fuel."
Up next for Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 Curb Records Chevrolet is the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday August 27.