Tim Sauter 24th in Music City June 10th, Nashville SuperSpeedway. The temperature in the Music City was in the mid-nineties during the day and was still 88 when the green flag fell on the Federated Autoparts 300 just after 7:00pm. After 300...
Tim Sauter 24th in Music City
June 10th, Nashville SuperSpeedway. The temperature in the Music City was in the mid-nineties during the day and was still 88 when the green flag fell on the Federated Autoparts 300 just after 7:00pm. After 300 miles of hard racing Tim Sauter piloted his Lester Buildings Chevy to a 24th place finish behind race winner Carl Edwards.
Starting from the 30th position, Sauter quickly showed his Ricky Pearson-tuned Chevy was better in race trim than it was when the team qualified under the heat of the Nashville sun. The Wisconsin driver quickly began to move through the field. By lap 11 when the second caution flew for a spin by Mark McFarland and his brother Jay, Tim was up to 24th. He notified the crew he was a just a little tight, and the water temp was pushing 240. Back under green, Sauter continued his march towards the front moving up to 18th by the 30th circuit.
Sauter radioed the crew that the water temp had exceeded 250 degrees when the caution flew on lap 33, so Pearson brought him in to remove tape from the grill, a minor chassis adjustment and four tires. The silver & black #36 emerged from pit road in 26th position. The removal of tape dropped the water temp to 235 where it would stay the rest of the night.
After a caution on lap 47 for a crash by Steadman Marlin, Tim was in the 22nd position. In a bold move following the restart, Tim shot the #36 to the outside, passed two cars and emerged on the backstretch in 20th position. After about 20 laps the car got tight in the corners and Tim started to slowly drift backwards.
Lining-up 22nd following a caution on lap 98, Tim was the second car one lap down. He quickly passed McFarland and moved into the "lucky dog" position. The veteran driver had a strong run on the third set of tires and ran competitively between the seventh and eighth place cars. The team was rewarded when the caution flew on lap 126 putting the Lester Buildings car back on the lead lap. Tim restarted in 21st position and moved up to 18th where he would stay until a caution on lap 172.
Tim would line-up 23rd following the caution, but the car was tight during the entire run. Edwards lapped the #36 with ten laps to go, and the night ended with a 24th place finish.
Sitting in the team hauler shortly after the race following two and a half hours inside a 130-degree racecar, Sauter had the opportunity to relax and cool down. "The car was really good early in the race and we moved steadily forward. We were tight the second set and I really had to work to hold our track position," he explained. "Ricky made some good adjustments and were pretty competitive through the middle the of the race. I thought we could get a lead-lap finish but we just got too tight that last run to get back into the top twenty."
"I'm disappointed because we had a better car for most of the race than our finishing position showed, track position is so critical. Once you get behind its so hard to get those positions back," Sauter added. "On the positive side, the car does not have a scratch, we plan to run this same car at Kentucky."
Next Saturday, Tim and the McGill Motorsports team are headed to Kentucky Speedway outside of Cincinnati, OH for the Meijer 300. National City will be the primary sponsor of the #36 car for the event. Tim has two top-20 finishes at the mile and a half speedway.