Sauter, AP Performance Chevy gassed up for California clash. FONTANA, CA (April 27, 2002) - In his initial visit to California Speedway a year ago, Tim Sauter was saddled a 25th-place finish losing a battle with fuel mileage in the Auto Club 300.
Sauter, AP Performance Chevy gassed up for California clash.
FONTANA, CA (April 27, 2002) - In his initial visit to California Speedway a year ago, Tim Sauter was saddled a 25th-place finish losing a battle with fuel mileage in the Auto Club 300. This year, the NASCAR Busch Series driver is banking on a new team - AP Performance Racing - better fuel mileage and a year of experience to put him in the hunt for the win at the two-mile California oval.
"Last year's race at California turned into a fuel mileage deal," said Sauter, who will wheel the No. 19 AP Performance Chevy at California in the Auto Club NBS event this weekend. "We didn't get very good a fuel mileage in that particular car. Hank Parker and I ran together pretty much all day - around 15th and 16th. Hank stretched his fuel and won the thing, but I had to stop for fuel and finished 25th. A gallon or two of fuel more and we would have been right there racing Hank for the win."
After a slow start to the 2002 season, Sauter and his new AP Performance team have been coming on strong picking up five positions in the championship standings since Darlington in early March. The Necedah, WI driver, one of three Sauter brothers to be competing in the Busch Series ranks this season, is looking to continue that climb in the points in the Auto Club 300 at California.
"The facilities at California are just incredible," said Sauter. "When we went out there last year, the stands were packed. It's nice to go to these big market tracks in places like Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas where we can get a lot of people interested in NASCAR Busch Series racing. If you are going to run well or win a race, that's the kind of place where you want to do it."
Sauter's rise in recent weeks has been fueled by the acquisition of new crew chief Bobby Bakeeff. Sauter posted a season's best 10th-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway in their first run together and followed it with an 10th-place qualifying run at Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter then went on to finish 32nd in the Talladega event after falling victim to a 27-car pileup in the opening laps.
"We are having more fun now, and we are starting to feel like a team," said Sauter. "Bobby has given us a boost. We are a young team and we're in our first year in the Busch Series. We have great team resources and are committed to running the whole season thanks to our team owner, Alec Pinsonneault. We still don't have a sponsor and that's something we'd really like to make happen. We have a lot to offer a company that wants to tap into the NASCAR market. For the most part, our performance has been impressive. The good finishes lately have lifted everyone because it is important that we get some positive feedback from our efforts. Everybody on this team and their families sacrifice a lot of time to live this dream. I want to do well for them, our owner Alec, and for my family. It's a great way to thank them for their support."
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will take the green flag in the Auto Club 300 at California Speedway Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will broadcast live on FOX Television and MRN Radio. For More information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing team visit www.timsauter.com.
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.