Sauter Finishes 14th at Pocono Long Pond, Penn. (July 31, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter had an uncharacteristic day at Pocono Raceway that saw the No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet struggle to find the handle en route to a 14th-place...
Sauter Finishes 14th at Pocono
Long Pond, Penn. (July 31, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter had an uncharacteristic day at Pocono Raceway that saw the No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet struggle to find the handle en route to a 14th-place finish in the Pocono Mountains 125. Despite a tough afternoon, Sauter remains third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.
Sauter started 12th but handling issues steadily dropped him towards the back of the top twenty throughout the first half of the race. A caution-flag pit stop just after the halfway point allowed crew chief Joe Shear to make an adjustment to the chassis which allowed Sauter to race back up into the top 15 but that's where his forward progress stopped.
"We just missed it this weekend," Sauter said. "That doesn't happen with this ThorSport Racing team too often. Usually if we miss on something we can make some adjustments and get it pointed in the right direction but nothing we tried this weekend seemed to work. Pocono isn't one of my favorite tracks to begin with, but I think after the streak we'd been on the last few weeks we all expected to be a little better than we were. I'm proud of my guys and really confident in Joe's ability to give me a truck capable of winning just about everywhere we go, but it just didn't work out for us here today."
Although Sauter had a long afternoon, some of his closest competition for the championship also had a tough time at the tricky 2.5-mile triangle. Although Sauter doesn't consider himself to be a points racer he can envision a scenario in which he'd be excited at his position in the championship standings.
"I guess we lucked out because some of the guys we're racing with for the points deal had a bad day too," Sauter said. "We gained on some of them and lost a little to some others. We really need to get to Nashville and have a good run down there. I keep telling Joe if he wants me to get excited about the points we need to go win us some races so we can make some big gains on the leader. If we can do that then I'll start getting as excited about this points deal as Joe is."
Sauter remains third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 193 points behind leader Todd Bodine and 44 points behind second-place Aric Almirola.
Next up for Sauter and the No. 13 Curb Records Chevrolet is the Nashville 200 at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday August 7.