Sauter Perseveres to Third in St. Louis Heat Madison, Ill. (July 17, 2010) -- After a 16-hour delay for a power outage that moved the CampingWorld.com 200 from the relatively cool conditions on Friday night to the sweltering heat of ...
Sauter Perseveres to Third in St. Louis Heat
Madison, Ill. (July 17, 2010) -- After a 16-hour delay for a power outage that moved the CampingWorld.com 200 from the relatively cool conditions on Friday night to the sweltering heat of Saturday afternoon, Johnny Sauter fought extreme temperatures in the cockpit and unpredictable track conditions to bring the No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet home to a third-place finish at Gateway International Raceway. It's Sauter's second consecutive top-three finish; he came home second last weekend at Iowa Speedway.
"That might be the hottest I've ever been in a race in my entire career," Sauter said. "It's a big difference between racing when it's cool at night and here during the heat of the day. We try and try to take as much weight out of these trucks as we can, and today I think we sweated about 15 pounds out of the driver."
Sauter credited a gutsy pit call by crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. late in the race with preserving track position and allowing him to challenge for the win late in the race.
"We took two tires late trying to keep track position and it worked," Sauter said. "I didn't think we had a top three or a top five truck here today but Joe and the guys made it happen with pit strategy. It was really tough to figure out what kind of adjustments we could make with the track being as hot and slick as it was. I think if we could have gotten it figured out we could have gotten up there and fought for the win like we did last week. But it was a great day for the ThorSport guys again, we had both trucks up in the top five again this weekend."
On the strength of his fourth top-five finish of the season, Sauter jumps to third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings. Sauter gained five points on leader Todd Bodine, now just 196 points behind. He's just 95 points behind Aric Almirola in second.
Next up for Sauter and the ThorSport Racing No. 13 In Country Television/Curb Records Chevrolet is the AAA Insurance 200 next Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.