Bristol, TN (March 23, 2002) Race Summary Tim Sauter qualified in the 33rd position for the Channellock 250 with a lap time of 15.794 seconds and a speed of 121.489 miles per hour. At the drop of the green flag, Sauter moved steadily through...
Bristol, TN (March 23, 2002)
Tim Sauter qualified in the 33rd position for the Channellock 250 with a lap time of 15.794 seconds and a speed of 121.489 miles per hour. At the drop of the green flag, Sauter moved steadily through the field to the 16th position by Lap 60. However, after avoiding several on-track incidents, Sauter made contact with the No. 66 car, sending the No.19 Monte Carlo into the wall in Turn 2. The AP Performance Team hustled to fix the significant damage to the rear clip of the car, losing only one lap. Despite restarting 26th after the caution with significant damage, Sauter continued to post top-10 lap times and pick up positions. Sauter finished the day in the 16th position, his best finish of the 2002 season, raising him two spots in the points standings to 20th. Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Team now command the highest position of any unsponsored team.
Tim Sauter Bristol Post Race Quotes:
On his top finish of 2002
I am satisfied. We didn't finish as high as we wanted and deserved, but we will get it. I am just proud of this team, they gave me a top 10 car. This finish just makes us hungry to get back here in August.
On the handling of the No. 19 Monte Carlo
We were still fighting a loose condition left over from happy hour. For a while there I felt like I was dirt track racing. Our wedge adjustments helped, and after our first pit stop we had an extremely strong car that was consistent all through a run. After we spun, I thought we would just be riding around at the minimum speed for the rest of the race, but it was still good. I am totally amazed the No.19 Chevy handled that well after the wreck.
On racing at Bristol and the record number of cautions
I loved getting back to short track racing. This is the size track that the AP Team and me are used to, coming from ASA. We should be able to capitalize on these types of racetracks, and we did. At this track you just have to fall in line, because these guys are nuts. I am used to racing ASA where they have yellows all of the time, so this is comfortable for me.
On his on-track altercation with the No. 66 car
I thought I had room on the 66 or would have let him go, I was watching him in the mirror but I checked up and he got into the back of me. The one thing that slowed us down today was that wreck. I could be angry, but it's not like his day went any better. That's Bristol for you.
Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team will return to action Saturday, April 6th in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The drop of the green flag will be at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be telecast live on FOX. PRN Radio will also broadcast the race worldwide.