Sauter's day ends early after fiery crash. KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 4) - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter was eliminated from competition on lap 139 of 200 when his PayDay Chevrolet impacted the wall in turn four during the Mr. Goodcents 300 at...
Sauter's day ends early after fiery crash.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 4) - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter was eliminated from competition on lap 139 of 200 when his PayDay Chevrolet impacted the wall in turn four during the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway. Sauter finished 34th.
David Green won the event, followed by Sauter's PayDay Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, who was driving the No. 29 Sonic Chevrolet.
The PayDay team remains the top-ranked unit in the Busch Series team standings. The team leads the second-place No. 37 team (Green) by 168 points and the third-place No. 10 team (Scott Riggs) by 189 points. Sauter fell two positions from seventh to ninth in the driver rankings.
"I'm not really sure what happened out there today," Sauter said after the event. "We finally had the car adjusted right, and I was beginning to work my way back through the field. I don't know what happened coming off of four. I just hate it for the PayDay team. They work so hard and they are the best in the garage area."
After Sauter qualified the PayDay Chevrolet in the 19th position for the race, he returned to the track for Happy Hour, the final practice session before the race. Sauter was happy with the car, and optimistic for Saturday's event.
At the drop of the green flag, Sauter began to battle for position midway through the field. When the first caution flag of the day came out on lap five, Sauter was in 18th and told the crew that his car was handling really tight in traffic. By lap 50, Sauter was lapped by the race leader. Soon thereafter, the first round of green flag pit stops ensued. Sauter pitted on lap 68 when he ran out of fuel entering turn three. Sauter coasted the PayDay Chevrolet down pit road, where it received its first round of major adjustments.
Sauter's car continued its tight-handling ways, and Sauter returned to pit road on lap 85. When the caution flag waved on lap 113, Sauter came back to the pits again. This time, the PayDay team put Sauter's Chevrolet on jack stands and rolled the car's rear end back a quarter of an inch. That adjustment is rarely made during a race. The adjustment worked, and Sauter began battling the leaders to get his lap back. On lap 124, Sauter finally moved around the leaders and returned to the lead lap.
Sauter's day ended on lap 139 of the 200-lap race. While battling for position coming off turn four, Sauter's car spun and crashed into the wall. The car burst into flames as it rolled to a stop at the entrance to pit road. Sauter was uninjured.
The PayDay team worked hard in the garage area to try to repair Sauter's car and return him to the racing surface. Time was not on their side, and the PayDay team's day ended in the garage area.
Next week, the Busch Series visits Lowe's Motor Speedway for a Friday night shootout under the lights Oct. 10 in the Little Trees 300.