BROOKLYN, MI (August 17, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his AP Performance Racing Team posted a hard fought 20th-place finish in the Cabela's 250 race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. Sauter's US 131 Motorsports Park Chevy underwent wholesale...
BROOKLYN, MI (August 17, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his AP Performance Racing Team posted a hard fought 20th-place finish in the Cabela's 250 race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. Sauter's US 131 Motorsports Park Chevy underwent wholesale chassis changes throughout the NASCAR Busch Series event, but in the end, Sauter lacked the track position necessary for a better finish.
"We made a bunch of changes throughout the race, but we were still fighting the same problem," said Sauter. "We were like 'Jack the Bear' for the first five laps of a run, but then the car would get real tight real quick and just wouldn't turn when I needed it to. At the end of the race, the car did improve and we could run cars that were 10 positions ahead of us. We just didn't have track position and couldn't race them for a better finish."
Sauter qualified 27th in the 43-car field with a lap of 39.903 seconds (180.438 miles per hour) on the two-mile Michigan oval. At the drop of the green flag, Sauter battled his ill-handling Chevy and pitted when the first caution flew on Lap 13 allowing the AP Team to make a chassis adjustment. Sauter benefited from a second stop, this one on Lap 25, when quick pitwork by his AP Performance Racing Team picked up several spots to 28th in the running order.
Sauter then continued a steady climb toward the front, narrowly missing the spinning car of Ron Hornaday Jr. on Lap 77. Unscathed, Sauter continued to move up through the field and was in the 20th spot by Lap 110. Over the final laps. Sauter was locked close race with his younger brother, Johnny, managing to hold him off and come in 20th at the drop of the checkered flag. The effort paid Sauter $17,495 in prize money and allowed him to maintain 14th in the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series point standings.
"Next time I make a start here, I will have a better idea of where our setup needs to be when we start," said Sauter. "This was my first start at MIS and it was a learning experience. I am proud of the guys for digging and making a ton of changes to the car during the race. I just wish we could have given Alec (team owner Alec Pinsonneault) a better finish at his home track."
Sauter will take to the high banks of Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway in the Food City 250, Friday, August 23, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on TNT and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to short track racing at Bristol next week," Sauter stated. " We had a good car there in the spring and I have never raced at Bristol under the lights. We should be good there."