CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 2) - Johnny Sauter finished 11th in the Aug. 2 Kroger 200 at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. Sauter started the event from the 17th position and battled a tight-handling car all night. The PayDay Racing team continues to hold...
CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 2) - Johnny Sauter finished 11th in the Aug. 2 Kroger 200 at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. Sauter started the event from the 17th position and battled a tight-handling car all night.
The PayDay Racing team continues to hold the lead in the team standings, edging the No. 10 team (Scott Riggs) by 75 points. Sauter also remains eighth in the driver's standings, 28 points behind Scott Wimmer (7th).
Brian Vickers won the race, his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory. Jason Keller and Stacy Compton finished second and third, respectively.
"Our car was really tight in the first part of the event," Sauter said after the event. "The PayDay team worked really hard on freeing me up, and we eventually got the car better. Unfortunately we didn't have the track position we needed at the end to run with the leaders."
When the Busch Series visits IRP, the teams practice, qualify and race in the same day. The PayDay team focused on the car's handling during its sole practice session. They worked on both qualifying and race setups, as all cars were impounded by the Busch Series following qualifying. Sauter then qualified the PayDay machine in the 17th position, and the team was optimistic for the race.
Just a few hours later, Sauter and the rest of the 43-car field started the race. The car was tight from the start, and Sauter fought the car until a caution flag brought about the first round of pit stops on lap 20. The PayDay team gave him four fresh tires, fuel and multiple chassis adjustments. He stopped one more time under caution to top off the fuel cell before restarting in the 28th position.
The handling on the car continued to be tight, but Sauter began moving through the field. By lap 50, he advanced to the 20th spot. By lap 100, he was in the 17th position.
Sauter made his last pit stop of the night under caution on lap 110. The PayDay team again made chassis adjustments to loosen the car. Sauter restarted in the 12th position.
Sauter continued to battle for position during the next 85 laps and crossed the finish line in 11th place
The Busch Series takes the upcoming weekend off, but returns to action Aug. 16 for the Cabela's 250 at the Michigan International Speedway. Live TV coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT on TNT. MRN radio will also broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. EDT.