Wisconsin driver hopes to make music again in Nashville When the NASCAR Craftsman truck series travels to the Nashville Superspeedway this weekend, the teams will be eyeing-up one of the most unique trophies in all of Motorsports. Since it...
Wisconsin driver hopes to make music again in Nashville
When the NASCAR Craftsman truck series travels to the Nashville Superspeedway this weekend, the teams will be eyeing-up one of the most unique trophies in all of Motorsports. Since it opened in 2001 the Nashville Superspeedway has awarded it's winning drivers a one-of-a-kind Sam Bass designed Gibson guitar rather than a traditional trophy. It is a long tradition in Nashville and dates back many years at the old Fairgrounds Speedway. Tim Sauter is one of the few drivers to have one of the special trophies with his name on it, winning at the Fairgrounds in an ASA (American Speed Association) race in 2000, the year before the NASCAR races switched to the new Nashville Superspeedway.
Sauter has had several subsequent opportunities to win another guitar. In 2002 Tim finished tenth in the spring Busch Series race and was running in the top five during the summer Busch race when a broken rocker arm ruined his chance at another Gibson trophy. "I've run pretty good on Nashville concrete in the past so I'm excited to get back and see how well we can do in our Lester Buildings Silverado."
Sauter's teammate, Chad McCumbee had his career best NCTS start and finish at the concrete mile and one third speedway last August finishing seventh from his outside pole starting position. Returning to Nashville with a proven set-up gives both of the Green Light Racing teams an optimistic outlook for this Saturday's event. "Chad has been strong on the mile and a half tracks all year and we have learned a few things from their team," explained Sauter. "We've had good handling trucks the last couple of races, but little things and some racing luck have hurt our finishes. I think both teams will have good runs this weekend."
More than anything, Sauter would love to add another guitar to the trophy case this Saturday evening. "It's a special deal to win one of those guitars, especially after meeting Sam Bass last year at an autograph signing," Sauter said. "In addition to being a very talented artist Sam is a real race fan. We were talking about some of my dad's cars from years ago, he really knows about the history of NASCAR racing."
Tim's thoughts on Nashville Superspeedway: "I've always enjoyed running at the concrete tracks. I've had a few good runs at Nashville in the Busch car but only one top-10 to show for it. At the beginning of the year we struggled on the intermediate tracks but we've learned quite a bit over the last few races, so we'll be alright."