Sauter looks to improve finishes FLEMINGTON, N.J. (Aug. 7, 1998) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Stevens Beil/Genuine Car Parts 200 is taking place Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT at Flemington Speedway in Flemington, N.J., and the No. 3 GM ...
Sauter looks to improve finishes
FLEMINGTON, N.J. (Aug. 7, 1998) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Stevens Beil/Genuine Car Parts 200 is taking place Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT at Flemington Speedway in Flemington, N.J., and the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team is ready to get things turned around.
The season's halfway point came last week with NASCAR Truck Series races taking place in Indianapolis and Loudon, N.H. During the first half of the season, driver Jay Sauter and the No. 3 team focused on improving their Bud Pole Qualifying efforts from 1997. Now, the team that is driven to perfection is looking toward the bottom line, and that is to finish races near the front.
"The trucks are better," Sauter said. "The personnel is working together better than we ever have. The engines are definitely better. We're qualifying better, but we're just not getting to the finish line. I really believe that we all have to keep doing what we're doing. I'm going to go out and have fun on the race track."
Sauter is currently ranked sixth in the point standings. He trails leader Jack Sprague by 358 points.
Pit stops are in effect for Flemington, but they will be different than what they have been since their introduction to the series at Pikes Peak International Raceway. NASCAR is expected to use a competition caution at Flemington due to the track conditions.
"We'll be running the same truck (at Flemington) that we ran at IRP," Sauter said. "We struggled a little bit at IRP, but the Chevy truck responded well. It's a good piece and there is no reason that we can't go to Flemington and run well with it.
"We are expecting that we will have a competition caution at Flemington because there is no real pit road there. NASCAR will probably be giving everybody a minute to a minute-and-a-half for four tires and fuel. They are not saying that we will or will not improve position. What they are saying is that they are going to give us adequate time to get four tires and fuel.
"Because of the format of the competition caution, and the fact that we're going to be able to get four tires, it's not going to be much different than the five-minute halfway break."
Source: NASCAR Online