St. Louis: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter gets Green Light for Gateway Lester Buildings Chevy ready for visit to the Gateway City Tim Sauter and the Green Light Racing team head back to the Midwest for a twilight showdown in the nations heartland as the stars of the ...

Tim Sauter gets Green Light for Gateway
Lester Buildings Chevy ready for visit to the Gateway City

Tim Sauter and the Green Light Racing team head back to the Midwest for a twilight showdown in the nations heartland as the stars of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series compete Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 at the Gateway International Raceway, just east of St Louis, MO in Madison, IL.

Tim finished tenth in 2002, the first time he raced there, while competing in the Busch Series and has had several competitive runs since then at the mile and a quarter egg-shaped track. The Green Light Racing team is hoping to duplicate that top-10 result when they make a first time visit together this Saturday evening. The team has recorded several top-15 finishes at Gateway including an eleventh with Shane Sieg back in 2002. "If we could just get a little racing luck, we can get our Lester Buildings Chevy into that elusive top-10," Sauter said.

Gateway is located right in the heart of sponsor Lester Buildings' primary sales areas and is only a couple hours from one of the three Lester manufacturing plants. "I'd really like to get Lester Buildings a good finish this weekend," Sauter said. "We have just missed the mark the last two weeks, but I think we have a pretty good package to bring to Gateway this weekend."

The oval at Gateway is a very unique "egg shaped" track with the first and second corners much tighter radii and higher-banked than the third and fourth corners. The challenge to Doug Howe and the Green Light crew is to get the truck to handle at both ends of the speedway. Sauter knows that getting through the corners is key, "The key to going fast at Gateway is to get the truck to handle at both ends of the track, it's hard to get any momentum down the long straights if you can't carry any speed though the corners."

* The Ram Tough 200 will be Tim's 20th start in the NCTS and 133rd career NASCAR start.

* This will be the fourth time Tim has competed at Gateway in a NASCAR event, the previous three in the NASCAR Busch Series. Best finish; 10th on July 20, 2002.

* Tim is currently 16th in NCTS driver points.

* Tim is leading the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by five points over Willie Allen.

* Green Light Racing has competed six previous NCTS races at Gateway International Raceway. Best finish; 11th on July 17, 2004 with Shane Sieg behind the wheel of the #07.

* Tim is scheduled to carry an in-truck camera this weekend at Gateway.

Tim's thoughts on Gateway International Raceway: "Gateway is a real challenging track to drive, even though it's a mile and a quarter, you need to race it more like a short-track. You use a lot of brakes in one and two and you need a strong motor to get you down the long straights. It's an easy place to use up your equipment."

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tim Sauter , Shane Sieg , Willie Allen