Top-20 for Tim Sauter at mansfield May 26th, Mansfield, OH. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fought Mother Nature for an all-day marathon that included thirteen cautions and five and a half hours of red-flag delays for rain. Dennis Setzer came...
Top-20 for Tim Sauter at mansfield
May 26th, Mansfield, OH. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fought Mother Nature for an all-day marathon that included thirteen cautions and five and a half hours of red-flag delays for rain. Dennis Setzer came out on top of the 250-lap race with an amazing no-pit strategy. Green Light Racing's Tim Sauter fought a tight race-truck throughout the event, but managed to bring home their second straight top-20 finish in his Lester Buildings Chevrolet.
Starting from 32nd position, Tim had moved up to 27th place when he brought the #07 Chevy to the attention of the Green Light crew following the first red flag rain delay at lap 22 for adjustments. Tim, along with six other trucks were held-up at the tail of the line leaving pit road and Tim barely made it out as the green flag flew and restarted directly in front of leader Mike Skinner. Tim worked hard and kept the leaders behind him until the third caution flew on lap 51.
Tim continued on the lead lap throughout the next green run that followed and stayed on the track under the next caution on lap 80. Tim had worked his way up into the top-20 with as the rains came out again at lap 102 causing another red-flag period.
The race re-started several hours later and Tim kept racing hard, staying on the lead lap and keeping out of trouble. That ended on lap 190 when he was hit from behind by another truck and spun across the track, he managed to keep the truck off the wall and continued with no caution flag flying. When the next caution flew on lap 205 Sauter brought the Lester Buildings Chevy to the pit to replace all four tires, which were now flat-spotted from the spin.
Tim restarted as last truck on the lead-lap and was able to move up three positions in the closing laps to finish the all-day affair in 20th place. Teammate Chad McCumbee in the GPS Store/Garmin #08 finished 14th giving Green Light Racing teammates back-to-back races with both trucks finishing in the top-20.
Even though they struggled all weekend with an ill-handling race-truck the Green Light team never gave up. "We threw everything but the kitchen sink at this truck," Sauter said following the race. "The guys worked hard, they changed shocks, front and rear springs, sway bars, A-frames, wedge-in, wedge-out and even moved the truck arms. You name it, we tried it, either in practice or during the race."
The finish moved Tim into the top-20 in NCTS point standings. "We really have to be pleased as much as we struggled this weekend," Tim explained. "If we hadn't have gotten spun there late in the race we might have been able to join Chad and finish in the top-15."