BUSCH: Nashville: Johnny Sauter preview

Johnny Sauter set to "Top" Nashville charts. April 10, 2002 (Huntersville, N.C.) - ACDelco driver Johnny Sauter has fond memories of Nashville, TN. The last time the 2001 ASA champion visited Music City he was accepting his Rookie-of-the-Year...

Johnny Sauter set to "Top" Nashville charts.

April 10, 2002 (Huntersville, N.C.) - ACDelco driver Johnny Sauter has fond memories of Nashville, TN. The last time the 2001 ASA champion visited Music City he was accepting his Rookie-of-the-Year and Championship trophies at the ASA Awards Banquet. The time before that, he breezed into town with the ASA circuit and swept the field at Nashville Speedway. With all that in mind, Sauter feels confident heading into Saturday's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

"I have some good memories from my visits to Nashville," says Sauter. "My ASA win at the short track there and the fact that last year's ASA banquet was held there. It seems to be a place where good things happen for me and I'm looking forward to heading back there this week."

Sitting 10th in the driver points standings after six races, the driver of the blue and white racing machine hopes he'll get a feel quickly for the concrete oval. With help from his brother and teammate Jay, who tested there two weeks ago and started ninth in the inaugural event, he thinks chances are good he'll get acclimated to the track quickly and not have any problems.

"Going to new tracks is tough, but it's just part of racing," adds Sauter. "I've learned a lot from each place which will help when we come back in the fall. It has been nice to have Jay at the tracks to help figure things out. He's given me some good advice for this weekend from the test earlier this month and I'm sure it will help me out a lot."

Catch the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in action on Friday as Team ACDelco tries to duplicate last year's pole position effort. Then watch Sauter battle to stay on "top" Saturday and grab his first checkered flag of the 2002 season.

* For the first time this season and second time ever, Johnny, Jay, and Tim Sauter will compete in a NASCAR Busch Series event against each other. The only other time the three crossed paths was in last season's finale at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

* Team ACDelco will take chassis No.014 to run at the 1.333-mile concrete superspeedway this weekend. This car, built last year, has not been used yet this season and was last in action at Darlington Raceway in the fall of 2001.

* Saturday's Pepsi 300 is scheduled to start at 4 PM ET. TV coverage of the 225-lap event on FX will begin at 3:30 PM ET with radio coverage on MRN starting at 3 PM ET. Remember times and dates of the race may changes, so check your local listings. ACDelco driver Johnny Sauter on Nashville Superspeedway

What have you heard about Nashville Superspeedway?

"I really only know what my brother Jay has told me about the racetrack. Since he tested there already and ran the race last year, I'll depend a lot on him. From what he says, it's pretty cut and dry. You get into the corners hard, brake, then get in it coming off as quick as you can. I'll start with that in mind and as I get track time, I'll adjust from there. "

How will you approach another new racetrack?

"I pretty much approach all of these places the same way if I haven't been there before. It's just like it was for me last year on the ASA circuit, and I managed that pretty well I think. The biggest thing is just to use my head and get a feel for the track. If I treat the racetrack with respect and don't get carried away, I think I'll be able to get a good feel quickly."

What will it be like racing against both your brothers?

"I won't race any different against Jay or Tim on Saturday. It will definitely be interesting having the three of us competing together, but I don't think any of us will do anything different. It will be good to see Jay in a good car and I expect him to be strong. He's got the most experience out of the three of us. When it comes down to it, I'll race them as hard as I can because that's what we're here for is to win."

ACDelco crew chief Ricky Viers on Nashville Superspeedway

Give us your thoughts on the 1.333-mile concrete trioval?

"Nashville is its own beast. I had a good experience there last year with Elton (Sawyer) and we ran well all day. Things are different this time around because Johnny's driving style is so different, so what I took from last year won't really help. We'll use a lot of notes from the test last week, which will be a good baseline for us to start from. Then we'll just have to see what we need to do from there."


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