Sauter Frustrated with Early End to 2010 Season Opener at Daytona Sandusky, Oh. (February 15, 2010) -- To say Johnny Sauter was frustrated following the lap one crash that eliminated him from the NASCAR Camping World Series season-opening ...
Sauter Frustrated with Early End to 2010 Season Opener at Daytona
Sandusky, Oh. (February 15, 2010) -- To say Johnny Sauter was frustrated following the lap one crash that eliminated him from the NASCAR Camping World Series season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway may be the understatement of the year. Sauter, last year's NCWTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year, was taken out in the rain-delayed event after another competitor made a mistake going into turn three on the first lap of the Truck Series race, doing terminal damage to Sauter's ThorSport Racing No. 13 EasytoInstall.com/Curb Records Chevrolet and leaving him with a 35th-place finish.
"You can't put into words just how frustrating it is to be taken out of the first race of the season on the first lap because someone else made a mistake," Sauter said following the race. "My guys worked their guts out for three months to build a great truck for Daytona, and the three of us (Sauter and his ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Landon Cassill) had planned on dropping back and letting the field thin itself out before going up and mixing it up for the win late in the race. Unfortunately, we never made it past the third turn of the first lap. It's a real shame because we had a truck that could have been a contender, and instead of taking home a trophy we're taking the truck home in pieces."
Even with the frustration fresh in his mind, Sauter has high hopes for the remainder of the 2010 season.
"We knew going in this was a possibility," Sauter said. "Getting taken out by someone else at Daytona is a 50-50 proposition, and it got us this time. But we know we had a good truck and we know we'll have a good truck everywhere else we run this season. We're going to go out and win some races -- hopefully a lot of races -- and make this all just a bad memory. We're still all a little upset by it now, but like I've said before you can't move forward by looking behind, so we'll all put this behind us and look ahead to going to Atlanta and winning there."
The next race for Sauter and the ThorSport Racing No. 13 FunSand/Curb Records Chevrolet is the Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 6. The 135-lap/200-mile race will be televised live on SPEED starting with a 30-minute pre-race show at 1:30 P.M. Eastern. The race will also be broadcast live on select affiliates of the Motor Racing Network nationwide and on Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128 (XM 104).