Talladega: Tim Sauter preview

Tim Sauter Set to Tackle Talladega Tim Sauter is ready for the excitement of NASCAR's fastest track when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes its second visit to the Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter has two top-15 finishes in four previous ...

Tim Sauter Set to Tackle Talladega

Tim Sauter is ready for the excitement of NASCAR's fastest track when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes its second visit to the Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter has two top-15 finishes in four previous trips to the hi-banked tri-oval speedway, all of them in the Busch Series including a twelfth place run in 2005.

This weekend's race is the sixth race in a seven-race partnership with SS Racing and Green Light Racing; ASI LIMITED, Spectrum Metal Finishing, Akzo Nobel and Aluminum Shapes will join Lester Buildings on the #07 Chevy. "Some of our better runs this year were when Ken Smith of SS Racing and his partners joined us on the truck," Sauter said. "We'll do our best to represent them again this week at Talladega."

In 2002, Tim was part of a 29-car pile-up that eliminated him from competition. Tim is hopeful that a "big one" will not occur in this years NCTS event. "I like to get a feel for the draft at the start of a plate race, once we get deeper into the first run I'll try to move to the front to see if I feel we have a truck capable of staying there," said Sauter. "The most important thing is to get to our Lester Buildings Silverado to the checkered flag in one piece. You can't get a good finish if you're sitting in the garage."

The Green Light team will run the same chassis that ran in Daytona in February. Unfortunately, after starting 23rd, Sauter was involved in a lap-one incident that damaged the front splitter of his Lester Buildings Chevy. Due to the damage, Tim was never able to find out how good his truck handled in the draft. Doug Howe and crew have rebuilt the truck, however due to NASCAR's strict testing rules, the teams have not had their speedway trucks on the track since then. When the trucks hit the track on Thursday for practice, Sauter will get his first feel of how his Chevy will handle in the draft, "I never got to run in the draft at Daytona, so we'll have to try to get a feel for it in practice."

Last year, Green Light Racing finished second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award with Chad McCumbee behind the wheel of the #08. With five races remaining in the 2007 schedule Tim is in the middle of a tight battle for the award, leading Willie Allen by just four points heading into this weeks race. Sauter is eligible due to only having three previous NCTS starts prior to this year. "Willie and I have had a couple chats prior to the last few races. We've both had some really strange racing luck this year and we've had a few laughs about it. Joey (Clanton) still has a chance to move up because he has less starts," Tim said. "The real reason I would like to win the award is for the guys in the Green Light shop. No matter what happens they have stayed positive all year long. It would be the best thing I can give back to them."

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tim Sauter , Willie Allen , Chad McCumbee