BUSCH: Nashville: Johnny Sauter preview

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Chrome 300; Time and Date: 7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 7; Site: Nashville Superspeedway; Live Coverage: FX (television) and MRN (radio) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Qualifying: 5:05 p.m. ET, Friday, June 6;...

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Chrome 300; Time and Date: 7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 7; Site: Nashville Superspeedway; Live Coverage: FX (television) and MRN (radio) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Qualifying: 5:05 p.m. ET, Friday, June 6; Happy Hour: Friday, June 6, following NKSS race.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters 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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DOVER DIFFICULTIES - PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter finished 21st on Saturday at Dover International Speedway. It was a difficult day, as Sauter battled a loose-handling car for a majority of the day. The finish is only the third time of the season the PayDay machine has finished outside of the top-10.

SIX WEEK SPAN - Saturday night's race in Nashville marks week two of six straight that Sauter will be driving the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet. Sauter's schedule includes Dover, Nashville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Daytona and Chicagoland. Sauter has an average finish of 14th at those six tracks, and he'll be looking to improve on that in the weeks ahead.

SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN - Saturday night's Trace Adkins Chrome 300 will be the second event of the year underneath the lights. The first came in Richmond, where PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick picked up his second win of the year. This time, Johnny Sauter will pilot the machine for this Saturday night showdown underneath the lights in Nashville. Sauter will be looking for his first win of the season.

LAST TIME WE SAW JOHNNY IN NASHVILLE - Johnny had a second-place finish, as he was passed on the backstretch on the last lap of the race by David Green. Sauter, who qualified 11th for the race, was on pace for a fuel strategy win, but with less than a mile to go, Green was able to gather up his car and take the lead for the win. Sauter, whose second-place finish at Nashville is his best of the year so far, has his sites on victory lane this time around.

RANKINGS - After 13 events, the PayDay Racing team sits on top the team rankings, 77 points ahead of the No. 92 team (Todd Bodine) and 153 points ahead of the third-place No. 10 team (Scott Riggs).

THE CAR - This week crew chief Butch Hylton will load car No. 027 onto the PayDay transporter. That car has only one race under its belt, but it was a good one. Kevin Harvick drove this car to a record-setting pole and a ninth-place finish in the race at Charlotte in May. Don't forget, Sauter finished second at Nashville in April, and the PayDay team has made the adjustments it will take to win.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON RETURNING TO NASHVILLE - "Last time we just about had the win. David (Green) had a great car and was able to get around us at the end. We learned a lot from that run, and we're going to be even better this time. I like the car we're taking and I like our chances. I learned a lot there in April, and I've been really excited to go back."

ON RACING UNDER THE LIGHTS - "It's what I love. Saturday night racing under the lights is how I got started, and so did most of the other guys out here. There just seems to be something special about Saturday night racing. I'm excited to get out there and race, and hopefully I'll be playing that guitar (given to the winner) at the end of the night!"

HIS SIX WEEK RUN IN THE PAYDAY MACHINE - "This is an important stretch for me and for the team. Obviously our goal is to win the owners points, but I'm also trying to make a run at the drivers championship as well. These six races we have a major effect on our season. It's going be a lot of fun, and the fans are going to see a lot of great racing."

CREW CHIEF BUTCH HYLTON ON RETURNING TO NASHVILLE - "I'm super excited. We were awesome there in April, and we were just a tick off of winning. We've made the appropriate changes, and I think we're going to be really good. We're taking the Charlotte car that Kevin sat on the pole with a track record, so we're excited."

ON NIGHT RACING - "I like night racing. The best thing about night racing is that the track doesn't change. Typically when you race during the day, your chasing the car all day long to make up for changes in the track. At night the track's consistent, and the driver really is the deciding factor."

ON THE JUNE STRETCH - "The June races are going to have a huge impact on the points. It's really going to separate the well-organized teams from the others. This is the time where you'll see some teams make a run to the top. The key for us is to keep our guys fresh, as we head into a tough part of the season."


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