Tim Sauter, Cox Communications Chevy fight back to earn top-10 finish. RICHMOND, VA (May 3, 2002) Tim Sauter didn't like the way things were going early on in the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Raceway, especially after getting tangled...
Tim Sauter, Cox Communications Chevy fight back to earn top-10 finish.
RICHMOND, VA (May 3, 2002) Tim Sauter didn't like the way things were going early on in the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Raceway, especially after getting tangled up in a mid-race incident and falling a lap down to the leaders. Undaunted, Sauter stuck with it powering his No. 19 Cox Communications Chevrolet back through the field to finish 10th in the NASCAR Busch Series race.
"My crew chief, Bobby Bakeeff, spelled out our goals before the race," explained Sauter. "He wanted a Top 10 finish and we got it. That was an awesome run. We are on target, but can always be better. "
Sauter started the 250-lap event in 16th position after qualifying was rained out and the field was set by 2002 NBS team owner points. The story of the day for the COX Communications team began when Sauter checked up to avoid a six-car wreck on Lap 51. Contact from the rear sent Sauter's Chevy spinning down the backstretch. The good news was Sauter managed to avoid the wall, but the bad news was he was now down a lap to the frontrunners.
"A couple of cars checked up coming off Turn 2 and I thought we had enough room to miss it," said the Necedah, WI native. "Unfortunately, another car got into me from behind and turned me around. I was working like heck during that spin staying on the gas trying to get going straight after we turned. We kept out of the wall and that helped us. We got a lap down, but nobody panicked. We knew we had a good car and had a shot to get back on the lead lap. Tonight, things worked out for us. Considering the way it looked after that spin, I would say we are very happy to come out of here with another Top 10."
Sauter restarted in the 31st position after the incident and methodically worked his way back up front to the leaders. When the ninth caution of the race flew on Lap157 Sauter made his way around the race leader to gain his lap back. Now 21st in the running order, Sauter rallied to as high as seventh position before settling for his third Top-10 finish in the last four Busch Series races.
"Our pit strategy to stay out those last 100 laps really helped us," said Sauter. "Bobby makes bold, aggressive calls and I like that. We have gotten a lot of mileage with our pit calls in the past four races."
Sauter earned $17,445 in prize money and jumped a spot to 14th in the NBS season championship standings.
"We had a lot of fun having COX Communications come on board," said Sauter. "I would also like to thank Toshiba, Comp USA, and the SPEED Channel for being associates. Our paint scheme was awesome and we gave it a good run. Their people were in the pits with us the whole race. We are just glad they could be a part of our team."
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be back in action this Saturday in the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, May 11, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on FX Television and MRN Radio.
For More information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing team visit www.timsauter.com.