BUSCH: Kentucky: Johnny Sauter preview

SAUTER SHINES IN NASHVILLE - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter finished 11th on Saturday night in the Busch Series event at Nashville, but his finish was not a reflection of his stellar effort. Sauter led the first 20 laps of the event after ...

SAUTER SHINES IN NASHVILLE - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter finished 11th on Saturday night in the Busch Series event at Nashville, but his finish was not a reflection of his stellar effort. Sauter led the first 20 laps of the event after starting on the pole. He battled in the top-three for much of the first half of the race. Then minor right-front fender damage and a faulty battery relegated Sauter to the back of the field. Despite his track position, the PayDay team was able to keep Sauter on the lead lap. With 10 laps to go, Sauter had driven his PayDay Chevrolet through the field and into the second position, as Sauter's car was one of the best on the track. Unfortunately, a late turn four accident sent Sauter into the wall, and the PayDay team left with an 11th-place finish and a bad taste in their mouths. "We had an awesome car tonight and were able make up a lot positions on the track after the early problems. My PayDay crew is the best in pits, and they kept me in the race," Sauter said.

UNDER THE LIGHTS AGAIN - For the second consecutive week, the Busch Series will race under the lights on a Saturday night. Last weekend's event at Nashville saw plenty of action and great racing. This week's event at Kentucky shouldn't disappoint either. The Kentucky Speedway is a favorite of many drivers, and is frequently used for testing by Winston Cup teams.

JOHNNY "BALLGAME" SAUTER - Johnny Sauter, a native of Necedah, Wis., made a mid-week stop in Milwaukee this week for the Busch Series media advance at The Milwaukee Mile. After a day full of events at the track, Sauter traded his helmet for ball cap and made a stop at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Sauter received the honors of throwing out the first pitch in front of his hometown crowd. "It was awesome. That's an experience I will never forget," Sauter commented after the game.

RANKINGS - After 15 events, the PayDay Racing team sits on top of the team rankings, 103 points ahead of the No. 10 team (Scott Riggs) and 153 points ahead of the third-place No. 37 team (David Green).

THE CAR - This week crew chief Butch Hylton will load car No. 015 onto the PayDay transporter. That car has previously seen action at Rockingham, Darlington and Gateway this season. Kevin Harvick drove this car to a 10th-place finish at Rockingham, and Johnny Sauter drove the car to a fifth-place finish at Darlington and a seventh-place finish at Gateway.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY - "It's a really nice place to go. The track is extremely smooth and it gives the drivers plenty of room to race. It's fast and a lot of fun, I'm really looking forward to the race."

ON THE KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY ATMOSPHERE - "It's definitely a place I like to go. It's cool to race under the lights in front of such a large crowd of fans, and knowing they came to watch us put on a great show. It definitely makes it a lot more fun to race under those circumstances."

ON FOCUS - "I'm a very competitive person, and focus is something that you have to have to be good. This is the point in the season where you have to really focus on what you are doing every lap, because it's a great chance to make some moves on the track and in the standings."

CREW CHIEF BUTCH HYLTON ON KENTUCKY - "I'm excited to get there. It's one of my personal favorite tracks, and it's also one of the nicest facilities we go to. You'll see a lot of great side-by-side racing and a huge crowd."

ON THE CAR - "We've had some good runs with this car. Last time out in St. Louis it was damaged a little, so we had to hang a new body on the front half of the car. I expect the car to better than ever."

ON NIGHT RACING - "It's way better. The best thing about night racing is that the track stays the same. It makes my job easier, because you don't have to adjust to the weather and the changes in the track."

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in the midst of its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 15 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

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Drivers Kevin Harvick , David Green , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing