BUSCH: Joliet: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter at home in the midwest, Chicagoland Speedway. JOLIET, IL (July 7, 2002) - Tim Sauter's tiny hometown of Necedah, WI may be the complete opposite of Chicago, IL, but the driver of the No.19 AP Performance Racing Chevy still feels right at...

Sauter at home in the midwest, Chicagoland Speedway.

JOLIET, IL (July 7, 2002) - Tim Sauter's tiny hometown of Necedah, WI may be the complete opposite of Chicago, IL, but the driver of the No.19 AP Performance Racing Chevy still feels right at home in both places.

"Chicago is only three hours from Necedah and I grew up racing in the Chicago area at tracks like Rockford, Grundy County and Illiana Speedways," said Sauter. "Even though Chicagoland Speedway will be a new track to me, I'm sure I will feel right at home."

Sauter is slated to make his first start at the Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday in the Tropicana 300 presented by Sam's Club. He is very much at home in the Midwest, having climbed up the area's short track ranks into his first full season of NASCAR Busch Series competition in 2002.

"Like me, a lot of the guys on our team are from the Midwest," said Sauter. "Its important for me to race well in that region because the fans there have watched me since I competed in the weekly short track levels. In the Midwest, the learning curve for a driver is much steeper because you can race every night of the week."

The AP Performance Racing Team has had a resurgence scoring a Top-10 and a Top 15 in their last two starts. Sauter is currently 12th in the 2002 NBS point standings and knocking on the door of the Top 10. Sauter is hoping to carry that hot streak into Chicago this weekend.

"I have never raced at Chicagoland Speedway, but I'm confident we'll be very competitive," said the 1999 ASA Champion. "AP Performance Racing's intermediate track program is top notch. I've run well on 1.5-mile ovals like those at Kentucky, California, and Las Vegas in the past. Chicago resembles those track a lot and they seem to fit my driving style. There are multiple racing grooves and you can really float the car into the corners. I'm sure we can get another top finish at Chicagoland Speedway."

Sauter will be back in action in the Midwest just two weeks after his historic start with three family members and Top-10 finish at The Milwaukee Mile. He hits the track this Saturday when the NASCAR Busch Series visits the Chicagoland Speedway in the Tropicana 300 presented by Sam's Club, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on NBC Television broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

For more information on Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing, please 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 divin 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.

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