Tim Sauter Top-Rookie at Loudon September 15, 2007 -- Loudon, NH. Tim Sauter didn't have the finish he was looking for Saturday afternoon in the New Hampshire 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race but he did earn the Rookie of the Race for the...
Tim Sauter Top-Rookie at Loudon
September 15, 2007 -- Loudon, NH. Tim Sauter didn't have the finish he was looking for Saturday afternoon in the New Hampshire 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race but he did earn the Rookie of the Race for the third time this year. Sauter had a competitive truck, but once again struggled with misfortune finishing in 23rd, two laps down to winner Ron Hornaday Jr.
Rain early on Saturday wiped-out qualifying and forced Tim to start from the 26th position. Sauter quickly moved into the top-20 after the drop of the green flag before his truck began to get very loose and he soon started to loose positions. When the first caution flew on lap 39 the Green Light crew discovered that the left rear tire was going flat on the Lester Buildings Chevy, resulting in the loose condition.
The Wisconsin driver endured an eventful day; in addition to the flat left rear tire, a pit-road penalty and an unfortunate long green-flag pitstop hampered his run to the checkers. "We actually got a flat tire right away on the left rear so I was real free. I thought we missed it big-time but then they told me we only had eight pounds in the left rear so then I thought we'd be alright. We were decent, just a little too free."
Tim raced his Lester Buildings Silverado hard throughout the race and fought for track position. The 200-lap race had several long green flag runs that spread the field around the flat one-mile track with only 11 trucks on the lead lap at the end of the event. NASCAR post-race statistics showed that Sauter passed the most trucks (46) during the race and had the most laps (24) in which he improved his running position. Both statistics confirm the Green Light team brought a fast racetruck to the track.
"It's disappointing. We had a lead lap truck. We had a top-10 truck and we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot. I'm a little frustrated by that," Sauter commented following the checkers. "It's in one piece and we've got a good truck to take to the next flat track so it's alright."
Despite the 23rd place finish Sauter was the top finishing rookie and expanded his slim lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings to four points over Willie Allen.
Dennis Setzer, Sauter's teammate this week, finished 30th in the People Against Drugs #08 after running in the top-15 early in the race.