Tim Sauter to Make 100th NASCAR Start Wisconsin Driver Ready for the "Lady in Black" Darlington Raceway is known for it's long history as NASCAR'S first super speedway. The narrow egg-shaped oval has the reputation as the toughest track on the...
Tim Sauter to Make 100th NASCAR Start
Wisconsin Driver Ready for the "Lady in Black"
Darlington Raceway is known for it's long history as NASCAR'S first super speedway. The narrow egg-shaped oval has the reputation as the toughest track on the NASCAR Circuit and has been known to humble even the best drivers. For McGill Motorsports driver Tim Sauter, the return to the "Track too Tough to Tame" could be exactly what the team needs to improve its luck this season.
"If it wasn't for bad luck we wouldn't have any luck right now. Whether it's just missing the "lucky dog" by seconds, cautions coming out at the wrong time or getting in wrecks that aren't our doing, this has to be one of the longest stretches of bad luck I've ever been through in over 20 years of racing full-time. We have totaled three cars in just the first third of the season, and all of them were good racecars. Ricky and the guys have done a great job to get these cars put together, and although we aren't always perfect off the trailer, we have made the cars better and better. Problem is, it seems once we get them running good, we get caught up in a wreck we didn't cause and tear the car up."
The team is bringing a re-worked car to the race on what would be considered it's home track. Darlington Raceway is the only track on the Busch Series in the team's home state of South Carolina. The McGill Motorsports race shop is just outside of Spartanburg near the home of David Pearson. "Ricky and the guys cut-off the nose, massaged the fenders and did a bunch of work to this car since we raced it at Texas. I think the car looks real good. The car drove well before, but I think the changes will help it plant the nose better in the corner," explained Sauter.
* This will be Tim's 95th start in the NBS and 100th career NASCAR start.
* Last week Tim surpassed 20,000 miles of NBS competition.
* This will be the sixth time Tim has competed at Darlington in the NBS. Best Finish; 19th on August 31st, 2002 driving the AP Performance Chevy.
Tim's thoughts on the Richmond international Raceway: "I'm hoping that the Pearson connection will help us out here in South Carolina. Ricky's dad (Three-time Cup Champion, David Pearson) won 10 of his 105 NASCAR races at Darlington, hopefully his record will rub-off a bit on us this weekend. Ricky's brother Larry (Two-time Busch Series Champion) will be here with the team this weekend. We sure could use something to change our luck."
* This will be the fourth time McGill Motorsports has competed at Darlington in the NBS. Best Finish; 16th on May 6th, 2005 with Stanton Barrett driving.
* Crew chief Ricky Pearson's father David Pearson is NASCAR's all-time win leader at Darlington with ten victories.
* Two-time NASCAR Busch Series Champion Larry Pearson will be a special guest of the team this weekend at Darlington as part of NASCAR's 25th Anniversary Celebration.