Johnny Sauter No. 13 FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Chevrolet Preview: Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Sandusky, Oh. (November 9, 2010) -- Coming off his fifth second-place finish of the 2010 season, Johnny Sauter heads to Phoenix in a relaxed frame of...
Johnny Sauter No. 13 FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Chevrolet Preview: Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix
Sandusky, Oh. (November 9, 2010) -- Coming off his fifth second-place finish of the 2010 season, Johnny Sauter heads to Phoenix in a relaxed frame of mind. Not that his intensity to win is any less, but there is a general sense of peace and comfort Sauter finds at the base of the Sierra Estrella mountains and in the entire Phoenix area that makes this trip a highlight of the season for the Necedah, Wis. native.
What is it about Phoenix that you like so much? "I just like the entire area. The track is right there at the base of the mountains and it's an awesome atmosphere there with all the race fans camped out for what seems like miles and miles. And the entire Phoenix area is just really cool. It just puts me in the right frame of mind. I'm relaxed, I'm having fun. There's a lot to do and a lot to see out there and it's always one of the trips I look forward to all season long."
Does your short track experience help you at a place like Phoenix? "Phoenix is a neat place because you do have that short track style of racing. You have some beating and banging like you might see at the short tracks. I was fortunate in my career to have a chance to race at places like Milwaukee and Gateway before ever going on to race in NASCAR. Turn one and two at Phoenix reminds me a lot of turns one and two at Gateway. Turns three and four remind me a lot of Milwaukee. It's a unique track but I've always seemed to have a lot of success there and that's part of the reason I always look forward to going there."
What makes you so good at Phoenix? "Without giving away any secrets, I think it's a mix of some of that previous experience at some of the other tracks and some driving techniques. I think I do some things a little different than some of the other guys going into turns one and two. It's really important to have a good handling vehicle at Phoenix and the setup that Joe Shear and the guys are bringing for us this weekend is a little different than what we've tried in the past. You don't want to be off, but even if you are off just a little, Phoenix is a place where the driver can maybe do some things to compensate."
Sauter's Phoenix Truck: Sauter will drive ThorSport Racing Chassis No. 30 this week at Phoenix. He drove this truck at Dover and Bristol earlier this season.