Kentucky: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter Kentucky Bound Green Light Racing team set to follow-up best finish of the year at Memphis Tim Sauter and the rest of the drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series enjoyed a week-off over the Fourth of July holiday following ...

Tim Sauter Kentucky Bound
Green Light Racing team set to follow-up best finish of the year at Memphis

Tim Sauter and the rest of the drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series enjoyed a week-off over the Fourth of July holiday following six straight weeks of racing. Now it's time to go back racing as the season reaches it's halfway point as the teams travel to the Kentucky Speedway just outside of Cincinnati for the Built Ford Tough 225, Saturday evening.

Back at their Mooresville, NC raceshop the Green Light Racing team spent the week following their season's best 11th place finish at Memphis working hard on finishing the rebuild of the racetruck that they last ran at Kansas Speedway in April. The truck was damaged when Tim got loose passing another truck for 11th place, spun and made contact with the outside wall. "This should be a good truck for Kentucky. We were pretty good at Kansas before we tore it up," Sauter said. "The guys have done a nice job on it."

Sauter has scored six top-20 finishes in the last seven races and is now only 46 points from fifteenth in the driver standings. Sauter is appreciative of the team's hard work to give him competitive equipment each week. "I think our Lester Buildings team is doing a good job with the resources we have. This is a small team with a limited budget and we're competing with teams that have much deeper pockets. The guys have been dedicated to improve and we are getting more consistent on-track every week," Sauter explained.

"We had a couple issues on pit road but the guys haven't given up. We had an air-gun fail at Memphis and that cost us some spots, I know they were disappointed and upset when it happened. I just told them to keep their chin's up and to fix the issue so it doesn't happen again. We've got a good little group, they've stuck together and they're working hard. The results show on the track since mid-May and should continue the rest of the year."

This weekend's race is the fourth race in a seven-race partnership with SS Racing and Green Light Racing; ASI Limited, Spectrum Metal Finishing, Akzo Nobel and Aluminum Shapes will again join primary sponsor Lester Buildings on the #07 Chevy. "We finished 17th each of the last two races with ASI Limited on the quarter panels," Sauter said. "I think we can get them a top-15 or maybe even break into the top-10 this weekend."

Race fans are encouraged to enter the Lester Buildings "Race Fan Building Sweepstakes" for a chance to win a Lester "Town & Country" building with an MSRP of approximately $30,000 by mailing the coupon from Tim's autograph card or by completing an online form found at JAYSKI.com, including the site's expanded Craftsman Truck news pages.

* The Built Ford Tough 225 will be Tim's 16th start in the NCTS and 126th career NASCAR start.

* This will be the sixth time Tim has competed at the Kentucky Speedway in a NASCAR event.

* Tim's best finish at the Kentucky Speedway was 15th on June 16, 2002 in the NBS.

* Tim is currently 18th in NCTS driver points, only 46 points from 15th.

* This will be the seventh season Green Light Racing has competed at the Kentucky Speedway in the NCTS. Best finish; 13th on July 10th, 2004 with Shane Sieg driving the #07.

* Both of Green Light Racing's owners, Bobby Dotter and Gene Christensen have competed at the Kentucky Speedway in the NCTS.

Tim's thoughts on the Kentucky Speedway: "Kentucky is a lot like Kansas. I've had a couple of good runs at each of the tracks in the past. You need to be able to roll through the corner and the fast line is generally right at the bottom but you can run up higher on the track if you need to. I think we will have a good racetruck and I'm feeling good that we will have another strong run for Lester Buildings and ASI Limited."

There are 35 pre-entries for the Built Ford Tough 225 will be televised live on SPEED TV at 7:30 eastern on July 14th and also broadcast on MRN radio. Ron Hornaday Jr. is the defending race winner.

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Bobby Dotter , Tim Sauter , Shane Sieg