Talladega: Tim Sauter race report

Tim Sauter 21st at Talladega Talladega, AL. Tim Sauter knew all he needed was a little good luck. Midway though the Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Tim was riding around in the lead draft, he had a solid racetruck that...

Tim Sauter 21st at Talladega

Talladega, AL. Tim Sauter knew all he needed was a little good luck. Midway though the Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Tim was riding around in the lead draft, he had a solid racetruck that drafted well. With just a little racing luck and a good drafting partner a solid finish was in the sights of the Wisconsin driver.

As soon the Green Flag fell Saturday afternoon, Sauter quickly showed the strength of his Lester Buildings/ASILIMITED Chevy moving from his 26th starting position into the top twenty after only two green flag laps. By the eighth lap, when the races first caution flew, Tim was into the top fifteen. "We've got a really good truck," he radioed to crew chief Doug Howe. During the first caution, Howe called Sauter in for a splash of gas and the #07 restarted 22nd.

Having topped-off at the first caution, Sauter kept his Green Light Racing Chevy on the track to lead a lap and earn five bonus points as most of the leaders pit for fuel when the second caution waived on lap 17. Sauter was leading coming to the green flag on lap 19, but was quickly hung out to dry on the inside and dropped back in the pack. During the long green flag run, Tim tested the waters and ran into the top fifteen on several occasions.

At lap 51, Tim had to come to the pits for tires and fuel, putting him a lap down to the leaders. As long as no cautions flew in the next five to eight laps, Tim would get back in cycle and get his lap back. As the season's string of unfortunate luck would continue, the caution came out on lap 55 for a multi-truck wreck trapping the Lester Buildings/ASILIMITED Silverado a lap down. "No matter what happens in this race, I want you guys to know you have prepared one fantastic truck," Sauter radioed to the crew. "I can drive anywhere I want and if we can get this lap back we can still get a good finish."

Tim lined-up for the green as the first truck one lap down, but once again, the bad luck bug struck as the right front tire went soft just as the trucks took the green flag. The tire blew going into turn three and Sauter brought the #07 to the pits trapping him a second lap down.

Sauter was fortunate to avoid several very close calls over the races last forty laps, nearly collecting the 00 and the 60 during two separate accidents late in the race and brought the #07 home in one piece in 21st place behind winner Todd Bodine, who beat Rick Crawford and Johnny Benson to the line in an exciting side by side finish.

"I just don't know what to say, whatever strategy we try it seems to backfire. I think we could have made the lap back, but the flat tire right after that ended our chance," Sauter explained. "It's a shame because we had a great racetruck, we never got to show our hand."

Willie Allen was the Raybestos rookie of the race finishing in sixth place and passed Tim in the rookie of the year standings. "Hopefully we can turn the table at Martinsville in a couple weeks," Sauter said. "I feel we'll have a great chance for a top-ten there."

-credit: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Johnny Benson , Rick Crawford , Tim Sauter , Willie Allen