BUSCH: Charlotte II: Tim Sauter gets race sponsor

West Virginia Tourism to sponsor Sauter, AP Performance Racing at Charlotte. CHARLOTTE, NC (October 10, 2002) - The West Virginia Division of Tourism has announced they will be the primary sponsor for Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing in the...

West Virginia Tourism to sponsor Sauter, AP Performance Racing at Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 10, 2002) - The West Virginia Division of Tourism has announced they will be the primary sponsor for Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing in the Little Trees 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The one race partnership came as an early birthday present for Sauter, whose birthday is this Sunday, as well as a needed relief for his team AP Performance Racing.

"We are really excited to have West Virginia Division of Tourism on board with AP Performance Racing for Charlotte," said Tim Sauter, driver of the No.19 West Virginia "Wild and Wonderful" Chevy. "I have been to West Virginia before, it is a beautiful state and I am proud to promote it. I look forward to giving them a great run and at the same time showing AP Performance Racing's value to a sponsor."

In an effort to inform NASCAR fans on to the numerous vacation destinations in West Virginia, the West Virginia Division of Tourism has formed several partnerships for the Charlotte race weekend in addition to being the primary on Sauter's car. West Virginia Division of Tourism will be the associate sponsor on Richard Mitchell's No. 54 entry in Thursday's EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 150 ARCA race, as well as the associate sponsor on Wally Dallenbach's No .6 Dodge also racing in the Little Trees 300 with Sauter.

"A private business with ties to the state was going sponsor Tim's car but the original plan didn't work out," said Eric Denemark, Executive Director of the West Virginia Motorsports Council. "So they decided to show their support for the state's tourism efforts and placed the tourism decals on the car. We are able to have an additional West Virginia Tourism car in the race at no additional cost to the division. It's another good opportunity to promote West Virginia Tourism and partner with a great race team."

Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing have had an impressive first full season on the NBS circuit despite having no regular sponsor. So far in 2002 Sauter has earned six Top 10 finishes, and finished in the Top 10 in four out of the six races he has had sponsorship in.

"It's always a boost when a sponsor comes on board," said Sauter, the 1999 American Speed Association Champion. "We should be very competitive at Charlotte. Whenever we have a sponsor, the whole team just works that much harder to show them what they can expect from us." Sauter will gunning to put the West Virginia Tourism Chevy ahead of the field when he takes the green flag in the Little Trees 300 Saturday, October 12, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on TNT and broadcast worldwide on PRN Radio.

For more information on Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing, please team visit www.timsauter.com

ABOUT AP PERFORMANCE RACING

AP Performance Racing debuted in 1992 as an American Speed Association entry with team owner Alec Pinsonneault as the driver. The Windsor, Ontario based team notched 16 ASA victories and a pair of division titles with Tim Sauter (1999) and Johnny Sauter (2001) delivering the championship trophies. Now housed in a state of the art facility in Mooresville, NC, AP Performance Racing fields a full-time NASCAR Busch Series effort in 2002 with Tim Sauter again handling the driving chores. AP Performance Racing is a division of AP Development. Also in the family of AP companies are Build A Mold, A.P. Tool and Gauge, Moldplas, Inc, Trimplas, LTD, Trimplas 2 and Trimplas 2000.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Richard Mitchell , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter