BUSCH: Chicagoland: Johnny Sauter preview

Johnny Sauter / PayDay Racing Pre-Race Notes TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch...

Johnny Sauter / PayDay Racing Pre-Race Notes

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING

The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in approximately 16 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 18 other events on the schedule.

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DAYTONA SPECTACTULAR

Last Friday night under the lights in Daytona, Sauter put on his own fireworks show. Sauter, who started the race from the eighth position, was a victim of a missed shift by another driver on the start. Sauter eventually dropped back to 27th before he could get in line. Sauter then worked his way back through the field, and by his first pit stop, he was in 11th. Sauter then moved through the pack and into fifth, where he would finish the night.

SAUTER IS THE DEFENDING RACE CHAMPION

PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter is the defending winner of the Tropicana Twister 300. The win was the first of Sauter's Busch Series career and his only victory to date. Sauter has been impressive through the first half of the season and has high expectations for Saturday's event.

SAUTER TO PULL DOUBLE DUTY

Sauter will attempt to make his first Winston Cup start on Sunday in the Tropicana 400. Sauter will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, which is auditioning drivers. He will also drive the PayDay Chevrolet on Saturday in the Tropicana Twister 300 Busch Series event.

CHICAGOLAND FIRSTS

The Chicagoland Speedway is the site of Sauter's initial entry into NASCAR's elite divisions. Sauter tested a truck there three years ago, and that put his foot in the door for several Busch Series teams. Chicagoland is also the site of Sauter's first and only Busch Series win. Sauter will look to add another first on Sunday, by attempting to start his first-ever Winston Cup race.

HARVICK LOOKS TO REPEAT AS WELL

PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will seek a "three-peat" performance in the Winston Cup event at the Chicagoland Speedway. Harvick is the only driver to win a Winston Cup event at Chicagoland Speedway in the track's two-year existence.

TEAM RANKINGS

After 18 events, the PayDay Racing team leads the team rankings, 112 points ahead of the second-place No. 1 team (Jamie McMurray and David Stremme) and 120 points ahead of the third-place No. 10 team (Scott Riggs).

DRIVER RANKINGS

After Friday's fifth-place finish in the Winn-Dixie 250, Sauter remained eighth in the standings, 230 points behind the leader, Scott Riggs, and 39 points behind the seventh-place occupant, Bobby Hamilton Jr.

THE CAR

Crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 027, which the team has run twice this season. Kevin Harvick drove the car to a record-setting pole at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., and a ninth-place finish there in May. Johnny Sauter drove the car to an 11th-place finish at the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in June.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON RETURNING TO CHICAGOLAND

"I'm really excited to get to Chicago this weekend. Obviously, it's the site of my first win, but it's also the first place I ever tested for these divisions, when I tested a truck there a few years ago. I guess, in a way, my career began at Chicagoland. Hopefully, a repeat is in the cards for us on Saturday."

ON HIS WINSTON CUP QUALIFYING ATTEMPT

"It's really going to be nothing but a positive for me. The more seat time the better. My priority is the PayDay car and the Busch Series points, but I also want to go out and perform well for Morgan-McClure. I'm just really excited for this weekend, and hopefully, I can make my first Winston Cup start."

ON THE SECOND-HALF OF THE SEASON

"We're building some momentum, and that's so important in this sport. We're focused on winning an owner's championship, and I'm focused on a driver's championship. We've had a pretty good first half, we just don't have the wins to show for it, but they'll come soon."

CREW CHIEF BUTCH HYLTON ON CHICAGOLAND

"Johnny won there last year, and I'm confident he can win there again. He's run a lot of laps there, and the extra seat time he'll get this weekend will be a big bonus for us. We ran good there last year, and had some bad luck at the end. We've been successful at tracks like Chicagoland, and we'll expect the same this weekend."

ON SAUTER'S PROGRESS

"He's gaining on it, there's some in experience at a couple of tracks, but he'll get a second shot at those places this year. He's really learned a lot this year, but then again we've all learned a lot this year."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter , David Stremme
Teams Richard Childress Racing