BUSCH: Nashville II: Tim Sauter preview

LEBANON, TN (June 3, 2002) - Earlier this season, Tim Sauter scored his first Top-10 NASCAR Busch Series finish of the year in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Prior to the Nashville event, Sauter had not finished higher than 16th in any...

LEBANON, TN (June 3, 2002) - Earlier this season, Tim Sauter scored his first Top-10 NASCAR Busch Series finish of the year in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Prior to the Nashville event, Sauter had not finished higher than 16th in any NBS race this season and afterward, Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team then went on to score three Top 10's and five Top 15's in the next six races. Needless to say, Sauter is eager to get back to the Nashville track for a second NBS clash, the Inside Traxx 300.

"Our solid run at Nashville in the spring was a turning point of the season for this AP Performance Racing Team," said Sauter. "Nashville was our first race with Bobby (crew chief Bobby Bakeeff). We led the race at one point and we were a legitimate Top-5 car throughout the race. This is a new team this season and we really started to gel at Nashville. After Nashville, we've been right on target with our goal to be in the Top 15 consistently. Now we have changed our focus to the Top 10."

Sauter is currently 12th in NBS championship standings, seven spots higher than when he came to Nashville in the spring. While Bakeeff has been a big part of that leap in performance, Sauter and the rest of the team have also adapted to the rigors of the Busch Series. According to the 1999 American Speed Association champion, heading back to tracks like Nashville in the second half of the season should provide an additional boost to their efforts.

"We're ready to get back there and see what we can do," said Sauter. "The team was feeling a little down last time we went to Nashville and we were working hard to improve our results. You have to remember this is a team that dominated ASA last year winning 10 of the 20 races with my brother Johnny doing the driving. They weren't just used to winning, they were steamrolling everyone. To come to the Busch Series and initially struggle was an adjustment we all had to make. Fortunately, everyone pulled together and our performance level picked up.

"We are having more fun now," Sauter continued, noting he is the only driver in the series without a sponsor to make every race on time taking no provisional starting positions. "We are a young team and we still don't have a sponsor. Considering that, our performance is impressive. Everybody on this team sacrifices lot with their time and their families. We want to do well for the team and our families, our owner Alec Pinsonneault, and everyone who supports us. Nashville is a track where we can do just that."

Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Racing Chevy will take the green flag in the Inside Traxx 300 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday June 8, at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FX Television and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

For more information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing, please team visit www.timsauter.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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