BUSCH: Fort Worth: Tim Sauter race report

Sauter, O'Reilly Chevrolet Team post solid NBS finish at Texas. GRAPEVINE, TX (April 6, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his No. 19 O'Reilly Chevrolet posted a 22nd-place finish in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday. The finish brought ...

Sauter, O'Reilly Chevrolet Team post solid NBS finish at Texas.

GRAPEVINE, TX (April 6, 2002) - Tim Sauter and his No. 19 O'Reilly Chevrolet posted a 22nd-place finish in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday. The finish brought $20,980 in prize money and boosted him to 19th place in the NASCAR Busch Series standings.

It was a weekend of highs and lows for Sauter's AP Performance Race team. Shortly after arriving at Texas Motor Speedway, the team accepted a one-race primary sponsorship from O'Reilly Auto Parts, also the title sponsor of the Texas NBS event. "We are grateful to O'Reilly Auto Parts for coming on board to support us in their title race," said Sauter. "It really gave our team a boost and took some of the pressure off for the weekend."

Sauter qualified 36th with a lap of 184.881 miles per hour (29.208 seconds). At the drop of the green flag, Sauter battled through handling problems picking up five positions before NASCAR called a mandatory caution on Lap 41. As Sauter's O'Reilly Chevrolet was being serviced on pit road, AP front tire carrier Shawn Pincola was accidentally struck by Steadman Marlin car. Pincola was initially treated at the TMS Infield Care Center before being airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas as a precautionary measure. After a battery of tests, Pincola was given a clean bill of health and released late Saturday evening. "It knocked me up in the air, after I hit the ground I tried to get our tire but I couldn't breathe," said Pincola. "I always said that if I ever got hit on pit road they better catch it on videotape. It wasn't nearly as fun as I thought"

While the attention was on Pincola, Sauter quietly moved into contention back on the track and was on the lead lap when another caution flag flew just past the halfway mark. Sauter had plenty of fuel on board, but the AP Team played it safe and pitted with the rest of the field managing to pick up four positions on pit road. Now 22nd in the running order, Sauter and the rest of the 43-car field parked for good on Lap 106 when the Texas skies opened up washing out the final laps.

"All things considered, we're luck to just be getting out of here in one piece," said Sauter. "We struggled ever since we got here. In the race we weren't too bad. It was the best we've been all weekend. The way the deal ended with the last caution, we could have had a shot at winning the race. The way we had it figured, with the fuel mileage we were getting, we were going to be able to go further than the guys leading were before we had to pit. We might have been able to make it until the rains came and been out front."

Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo take the green flag in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Super Speedway Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on FX Television and 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. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities concerning AP Performance Racing, please contact Bobby Wooten at Motorsports Management Group at 704-454-5353 or by e-mail at bgwooten@msn.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter , Steadman Marlin