Sauter, AP Performance Chevy survive Dover "Monster Mile". DOVER, DE (June 1, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Racing Team earned a 22nd-place finish after a tough weekend at the Dover International Speedway. The lone bright...
Sauter, AP Performance Chevy survive Dover "Monster Mile".
DOVER, DE (June 1, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Racing Team earned a 22nd-place finish after a tough weekend at the Dover International Speedway. The lone bright spot to the finish was Sauter was able to maintain his 12th spot in the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series championship standings.
"We just missed on our setup this weekend," stated Sauter. "We went the wrong way on the setup during practice and ended up wasting a lot of time. This is just one of those tracks where we need to buck up and do some testing at. At least we now have some good notes on Dover and we should be better when we come back."
Sauter qualified 33rd for the 200-lap event on the Dover "Monster Mile" turning in a lap of 24.395 seconds (147.571 miles per hour). Despite wholesale changes during Happy Hour, Sauter's AP Performance Chevy was still off the mark.
"We tried to tighten the car up," said crew chief Bobby Bakeeff of the car's chassis setup. "He needed to be tighter so he could get aggressive on the wheel. During the race Tim was able to be aggressive on the wheel and we found out how to get him into the corners, but we still need to find out how to get him off the corners better."
Flawless pitwork made the best of a tough situation as Sauter steadily gained positions on pit road throughout the race. The veteran driver also avoided several on track incidents to bring home a complete racer.
"When you have a really bad days like we have had the past two races, and you still manage to finish 19th and 22nd," said Sauter. "That means you had a good team effort. We kept ourselves alive in the points. At a place like Dover, you can be off and go out there and wad up a car pretty quick. Then you don't learn anything. It was an off day for us, but we didn't loose a bunch of points or tear up any equipment."
Sauter is hoping for better results in the next race when the tour returns to Nashville Superspeedway, the site of his first Top-10 finish of the 2002 NBS campaign earlier this season.
"That's the place that we got our season turned around," said the 1999 American Speed Association Champion. "We tested at Nashville. It was Bobby's first race there, and we have good notes to go off of. We should be even better this time around.
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Racing Chevy return to action in the Inside Traxx 300 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday June 8, at 7 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