NAZARETH, PA (May 19, 2002) Tim Sauter continued his NASCAR Busch Series points ascent by finishing 14th in the Stacker 2 200 at Nazareth Speedway Sunday. The effort was Sauter's fifth Top-15 finish in his first six races with new AP Performance...
NAZARETH, PA (May 19, 2002) Tim Sauter continued his NASCAR Busch Series points ascent by finishing 14th in the Stacker 2 200 at Nazareth Speedway Sunday. The effort was Sauter's fifth Top-15 finish in his first six races with new AP Performance Racing crew chief, Bobby Bakeeff.
"This was a good run but the Top-10 is where we belong," said Sauter. "I know that earlier in the year we said we wanted to run in the Top-15 consistently, but we are already doing that. We are gaining on the Top-10 and can't let our guard down now. We just have to keep digging."
Sauter started the 200-lap event from the 15th position, after qualifying was rained out and the field was set by NBS team owner points. Sauter found himself battling a loose condition in his No.19 Chevy, a malady that kept him from breaking into the Top-10 all day. Sauter ran as high as 13th and never lower than 17th on the way to his best finish at the tricky Nazareth Speedway.
"We were loose all day and I guess I shouldn't complain because we have been fighting a tight condition at almost every other track," said Sauter. "This is just an extremely challenging place. I figure the best thing you can do is get your car handling as good as you can and just go drive the thing. You will always end up giving up a little something in one of the corners no matter how you are setup. I searched for different lines all day, learned a new track, and got another Top 15 so all-in-all this was a good day."
Sauter's closest call came on Lap 90 when he emerged unscathed from a four-car tangle on the backstretch.
"Three cars were in a freight train and a hole opened up, so went in," said Sauter. "I accidentally got into Todd Bodine's car and tried to give him space to correct. He floated up a little bit and I drove through trying to complete the pass. Unfortunately, he came back across and ended up spinning. It was just a racing deal and I am sorry if I had any fault in it. I went to go talk to Todd after the race but he had already left, so I talked to his crew chief said it was cool. Considering where we were running, the last thing we wanted to do was cause trouble. That is not how I want to race."
Sauter ended the day with his favorite solid blue No. 19 Chevy still intact earning $14,230 in prize money in the process. The finish raised the 1999 American Speed Association champion another position to 12th in the NBS championship standings.
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be back in action in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FOX and broadcast by PRN Radio.