MILLINGTON, TN - Jeff Green, driving the ...
MILLINGTON, TN - Jeff Green, driving the #10 NesQuik Chevy, only needed to start the Sam's Town 250 to capture the NASCAR 2000 BGN championship title. He did so by taking the Bud Pole to start the race. But, it was the rookie Kevin Harvick in the #2 car who won the race in dramatic fashion. Harvick, who started second, jumped the start of the race and was black flagged, which put him at the back of the field and a lap down. Harvick got his lap back and came all the way from the back to win the Sam's Town 250.
Jay Sauter and the Quality Farm & Country Racing team were equally impressive in the race. Sauter persevered to overcome a mechanical problem early in the race to notch his eighth top ten of the season with a ninth place finish. Sauter now stands in 15th place in the Busch Series driver point standings and is only 20 points out of 14th. He remains in third place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year battle.
Sauter continued his string of good qualifying efforts and nailed down the seventh starting position. At the beginning of the race, Sauter employed a fantastic maneuver to get around several cars in front of him to take the second spot at the completion of lap one. He remained there until the first caution flag flew on lap 73. Unfortunately, during the caution, Sauter encountered a break in the right rear brake line, which put him back in 28th and the last car on the lead lap. Remarkably, Sauter overcame the loss of one of four brakes and worked his way back into the top ten to finish in ninth.
Sauter and the Quality Farm & Country Chevrolet received tremendous television coverage, including a live interview with Sauter following the race and an interview with Crew Chief Gene Nead during the race.
"I could have lead a lap," he later said. " I could have taken Green, but I wanted to run a couple of laps behind him and then make my move for the lead. I was faster than Jeff but then, the brakes went out."
Jay's younger brother Tim also competed in the race. Tim started in the 25th position in the #61 Stoops Freightliner Pontiac. Tim finished in 29th position. This was the first time the Sauter brothers have raced together in a Busch series event. Tim will be running a limited Busch series schedule next year.
When Jay was asked about racing against his brother Tim he said, "It's real neat to be able to run against my brother. We've raced together at some short track events back in Wisconsin. I was able to run against my Dad in a Craftsman Truck race last year at Michigan, and that was real special. It's great to run our first NASCAR race together."
Car owner, Cary Agajanian was very pleased with his race team's effort. "I thought that both the crew and Jay's performance was something I rarely see in a race team. They had to go all the way to the back several times and raced back to the front. They never got discouraged, never got upset and the team never gave up. They kept on the lead lap," he said in a post race interview.
The #43 Quality Farm & Country Racing team will he heading to Phoenix International Speedway next weekend for the Outback Steakhouse 200. The race will be held on Saturday, November 4th and be televised on TNN and broadcast on MRN Radio at 3:30 PM ET.
Sauter and the Quality Farm & Country race car appeared inside the Quality booth at the FFA national convention last week. The traffic was heavy, as many of the estimated 50,000 students in attendance came by to meet Jay and get his autograph over a two-day period. Sauter was also on hand to recognize the winner of the Quality Stores and FFA essay contest. The winner, Tami Shannon of Ohio, and her family, will be the guests of the Quality Farm & Country race team at an event in 2001.