BUSCH TEAMS LEFT WITH MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT TIRE COMPOUND SWITCH. Tim Sauter Slips and Slides to 24th June 30th, Daytona International Speedway. Tim Sauter ended up right where he started on Saturday evening at the Daytona ...
BUSCH TEAMS LEFT WITH MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT TIRE COMPOUND SWITCH.
Tim Sauter Slips and Slides to 24th
June 30th, Daytona International Speedway. Tim Sauter ended up right where he started on Saturday evening at the Daytona International Speedway. The driver of the Lester Buildings #36 started and finished 24th in the 250-mile event held under the lights. What happened during the 250 miles left Sauter less than happy. "I don't know why they messed with the tires here this weekend. We were just fine with this aero package and the tires here in February," Sauter said after the race. "I don't think I've ever driven a car that was so much on the edge, it just slid around all night. I think we were fortunate to come home 24th."
Tim qualified for the event with a lap of 49.82 seconds placing him 24th on the starting grid. From the drop of the green it was evident that Sauter would not be able to keep up with the leaders, as he was forced to back off in he corners. "I could hold it wide-open for about three laps, after that it was so unpredictable I wasn't sure where I was going. Daytona has plenty of bumps in the corners, with this package they upset the car so much I couldn't believe it. If I was inside another car and hit those bumps, I had no idea which way the car was going to slide."
During the first round of green flag pit stops Tim was able to move as high as 19th in the running order, but as the stops cycled out Tim was left running in 30th position one lap down to the leaders. Only 24 cars were on the lead lap after the pit stops were completed at the mid-point of the race.
Tim was fortunate to miss one of the night's biggest wrecks on lap 61 when Reed Sorenson got together with Kevin Lepage and a multi-car melee ensued on the front stretch. Tim was able to guide the Lester Buildings #36 down pit road to avoid the wreck that resulted in a red flag to repair a portion of the wall. Another large wreck occurred on lap 70 that took out several competitors.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated the Winn Dixie 250 and led the final 88 laps of the event. He was never seriously challenged by any competitor, at the finish eight of the top ten spots were filled with Cup regulars and only eighteen cars finished on the lead lap. "How about that #8 car? He sure put a beating on all of us. I don't know what they had going on, but Jr. sure made a lot of good cars look bad tonight," Sauter said.
The next race for Tim Sauter and the McGill Motorsports team is Saturday, July 8th at the Chicagoland Speedway. The Saturday afternoon race marks the start of the second half of the NASCAR Busch Series schedule.