BUSCH: Charlotte: Tim Sauter race report

Sauter, AP Performance Chevy salvage 19th-place finish in Charlotte NBS event. CHARLOTTE, NC (May 25, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team salvaged a 19th-place finish Saturday in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300. The solid team...

Sauter, AP Performance Chevy salvage 19th-place finish in Charlotte NBS event.

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 25, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team salvaged a 19th-place finish Saturday in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300. The solid team effort allowed Sauter to remain 12th in the NASCAR Busch Series season point standings and kept an off-weekend from hurting the momentum of the AP Team.

"Getting a 19th place finish out of a weekend like this should be considered a miracle," said Sauter. "This AP Team hung in there and we were smart with what we had. As bad as we were, we would have been a 30th place car if it wasn't for this team."

Sauter opened the weekend posting a qualifying time of 30.549 seconds (176.765 miles per hour) placing them in the 34th spot in the 43-car staring field. From the drop of the green flag to the final checkered flag, Sauter fought an ill-handling condition in his racer. Sauter's AP Performance pit crew took advantage of a rash of early cautions bringing Sauter in four times in the first 100 laps to make wholesale changes to his racer. Despite never finding the perfect combination, the fluid pit work kept Sauter on the lead lap until the late stages of the race.

"The pit stops were excellent," said Sauter, the 1999 American Speed Association Champion. "Our strategy calls were smart. We worked that car to the bone today just trying to get it right. We were loose in, loose in, loose in, all day long. The adjustments helped and in the end we put selves in position to get a decent finish out of a poor handling car."

Quick thinking by crew chief Bobby Bafeeff to stay out on the final caution flag of the day improved Sauter three positions to 19th with just a handful of laps remaining. When the green flag fell on Lap 196, Sauter maintained his track position despite his older tires. The smooth move earned Sauter $15,655 in prize money. It also kept him in the hunt for a top finish in the championship standings. Sauter is just 127 markers out of 10th position heading into the next event at Dover, DE.

"Good Job guys." Sauter radioed to his crew after the race. "We will get better. I will get better. You worked hard today. We'll get them next week."

Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be back in action in the MBNA Platinum 200 at Dover International Speedway Saturday June 1, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FX Television and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

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

-appr-

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