Third time could be the charm for Sauter, AP Performance Chevy at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 1, 2002) - In two superspeedway starts this season, Tim Sauter has been the victim of a multi-car wreck at both Talladega and Daytona. The driver...
Third time could be the charm for Sauter, AP Performance Chevy at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 1, 2002) - In two superspeedway starts this season, Tim Sauter has been the victim of a multi-car wreck at both Talladega and Daytona. The driver of the No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet hopes to reverse those fortunes when he takes the green flag in the Stacker 2/GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series event at Daytona Internatonal Speedway this weekend.
"I have been caught up in someone else's wrecked in both superspeedway races so far this year so I am due a good finish," said Sauter. "Talladega was especially frustrating because we had a great car but it got caught up in the big wreck early on. It's been the only DNF (Did Not Finish) we had this season."
Sauter qualified 10th at Talladega and had moved up to eighth in the running order before being collected in a wild 27-car pileup. Sauter's luck wasn't much better at the 2002 NBS season opener at 2.5-mile Daytona oval where another multi-car wreck saddled his new AP Performance team with a 27th-placed finish.
"We have just had some bad luck on the superspeedways this year," explained Sauter. "Both wrecks were pretty much unavoidable because somebody got into me from behind. I just need a little luck. The AP Performance Racing superspeedway program has definitely improved since the last time we were there."
Sauter has experienced success at Daytona qualifying seventh and finishing 10th in the spring 2001 Busch Series classic. He is also coming off of a historically significant run at the Milwaukee Mile where he competed on track with his father Jim Sauter and two brothers Jay and Johnny Sauter. Tim came out on top finishing in the 9th spot, ahead of all other Sauters.
"We should be good at Daytona, it's just a question of whether or not we will miss 'the big one.'" said the Necedah, WI native "At Daytona, you are driving to avoid the wreck as much as you are driving the track. Bobby (crew chief Bobby Bakeeff) came on board and had an immediate impact when we went to Talladega this spring and we were quick right off the truck in only his second race. He has plenty of experience at big tracks and I am sure we will have a strong car. WESCO also does a great job hanging our bodies and I am anxious to see how that will help out in Daytona. Hopefully the third time is the charm at these superspeedways and I will avoid any big wreck at Daytona."
Sauter will hit the track this Friday July 5 when the NASCAR Busch Series visits Daytona International Speedway in the Stacker 2 GNC Live Well 250 under the lights, at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FX Television and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.
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 will field 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.