Johnny Sauter No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet Silverado Preview: Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Sandusky, Oh. (March 31, 2010) -- It takes an ultra-competitive personality to succeed in the NASCAR Camping World...
Johnny Sauter No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet Silverado Preview: Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway
Sandusky, Oh. (March 31, 2010) -- It takes an ultra-competitive personality to succeed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. That intense desire to win means every race is important to Johnny Sauter, but whenever he races in Nashville there is added significance as his benefactor Mike Curb is a major force in the Nashville music scene. Curb, the former Lieutenant Governor of California, is the founder and president of Curb Records and for the past 45 years has produced, written, and composed hundreds of songs, earned countless industry awards, and in 2007 he was named Nashvillian of the Year. His motorsports background is equally rich, earning numerous victories -- including as team owner for Richard Petty's historic 200th victory at Daytona in 1984 -- and top-10 points finishes in 15 different motorsports series over the past 30 years.
Does racing at Nashville mean any added pressure to perform with Mike Curb's ties to the Nashville music community? "I don't think it's possible for anyone to want to win any more than I already do. There's no more added pressure there because I already put that pressure on myself. So in that way it's just like any other race. The Nashville track is right in Mike's back yard and he certainly has meant a lot for my racing career over the past several years, so whenever we race in Nashville going there and performing well is an added bonus."
Do you like racing at Nashville? "It's a fun track because it reminds me of a short track but it still has some big track elements to it. I think we all have those tracks that you go to and you don't run well so you don't like them. Atlanta is like that for me. But we also have tracks that you run really well at, and that makes you like them even more. Nashville has always been a good track for me and it's been one of my favorites for a long time."
How is the surface at Nashville and do you expect it to be different than when you last raced there in August?
"The track at Nashville doesn't change much between April and August. Concrete is a lot more consistent than asphalt is. It has a lot of grip. Other tracks, like Charlotte, change tremendously even with a couple degrees of air temperature or when the sun goes behind a cloud. The biggest difference at Nashville is the air temperature. It's a lot hotter in August there than it is in April. As a driver you make sure you have your fluids so you don't get dehydrated, but on the track there's really not much difference in track conditions."
Sauter at Nashville: Johnny Sauter has eleven previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Nashville Superspeedway, with two runner-up finishes (April, 2003 and April, 2004) and one pole position (July, 2003). His only previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start resulted in a sixth-place finish in August, 2009.
In Country Television On Board: Sauter will carry new colors this weekend as In Country Television is sponsoring the No. 13 Chevrolet this weekend.
Sauter's Nashville Truck: Sauter will drive ThorSport Chassis No. 23 at Nashville. It's the same truck he drove to victory at Las Vegas last fall and drove to an eighth-place finish earlier this season at Atlanta.