Sandusky, Oh. (July 13, 2010) -- After a runner-up finish in last week's Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway, Johnny Sauter and the ThorSport Racing No. 13 Curb Records Chevrolet team head to Gateway International Raceway to try to better last season's...
Sandusky, Oh. (July 13, 2010) -- After a runner-up finish in last week's Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway, Johnny Sauter and the ThorSport Racing No. 13 Curb Records Chevrolet team head to Gateway International Raceway to try to better last season's second-place result at the quirky 1.25-mile oval. Sauter was in position to win last season's race at Gateway - he was in and among the lead pack all afternoon - and was just behind teammate Matt Crafton and then-leader Ron Hornaday when they tangled on a late-race restart. When Sauter checked up to avoid Hornaday's spinning truck he was passed by eventual winner Mike Skinner. Sauter isn't focused on the past, but is using last year's experience to make the No. 13 Chevrolet more competitive so he can drive it into victory lane on Friday night.
Does what happened at Gateway last year come back to mind at all headed back in 2010? "I try not to dwell on those things. You can look back at it and say you could have done this or done that, but that's not what we do. What I think about isn't what happened on the track or the controversy but how our truck handled, how the race played out, and what we need to do to make our truck better for this season. That's what I talk to Joe (Shear) and the guys about, not what happened with Matt or anything else. That race was last year and this is this year, and that's where our focus is."
What's most important at Gateway, horsepower, handling, or aerodynamics? "To me, if you're going to have a chance to win, you need to get through turns one and two the best. You have to use a lot of brakes to get in there and then get the truck turned and off the corner good because you have a long straightaway afterwards. Turns three and four are more of a basic corner to me, very much like Milwaukee. You need that horsepower to get down the straightaways but you need the truck to handle to get the power down."
Is Gateway more superspeedway or more short track? "To me it's all short track. Yeah it has really long straightaways but the corners there drive just like a short track does. You have to use a lot of brakes to get turned and you have to have the truck handling to get off the corners. There are a couple different lanes you can use on both ends of the track too. I can draw a lot of similarities between Gateway and some of the short tracks I've raced on."