Sandusky, Oh. (May 11, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter is anxious to return to Dover International Speedway -- but not necessarily because he is coming off a victory in the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and finished fourth at Dover last...
Sandusky, Oh. (May 11, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter is anxious to return to Dover International Speedway -- but not necessarily because he is coming off a victory in the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and finished fourth at Dover last season. Sauter will pull out all the stops to score back-to-back wins and he's optimistic of his chances, but he's also looking forward to getting back on the Monster Mile for the thrill of barreling into the 24-degree corners and leaving his foot planted firmly on the floor.
You're coming off your first win of the season at Kansas and coming to Dover where you finished fourth last season. Can you make it two in a row? "We're going to give it everything we've got. We are taking a newer-style chassis and it blew really good numbers in the wind tunnel. Right now my guys are so focused and so confident, we just know we're going to get ourselves a bunch of wins this year and we have a great shot at getting another one at Dover."
Is Dover a fun track to drive or does it live up to its reputation as the Monster Mile? "It's a really fun track to drive. Last year I am almost positive I kept it planted to the mat the whole way around in qualifying. That's hard to do because you see those corners coming up and you're brain is telling you that you need to lift, even just the slightest little bit, but you know you need to keep the hammer down. It is exhilarating for sure and it takes your breath away. It's almost impossible to describe in words."
It's fast, narrow and high banked. Dover can be treacherous, how do you prepare for the unknown? "I think the best way to deal with Dover is to understand you have to give and take. You can't just drive down into the corner and whack someone in the bumper because you'll send them into the wall and it will be a big wreck. This just isn't a place where you can play rough and beat and bang."
Johnny at Dover: Johnny Sauter made his Dover Truck Series debut in 2009 recording a fifth-place finish after starting fourth. He has eleven career Nationwide Series starts at Dover with one top-five (fifth, Sept. 2004) and two top-ten finishes. He led 31 laps in June 2005 before being eliminated in an accident. He has three career Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover recording a best finish of 20th in June 2004.
Johnny's Dover Truck: Johnny will drive ThorSport Racing Chassis No. 30 at Dover this week.