Grapevine, TX (April 6, 2002) - Tim Sauter has a reason for the big Texas grin on his face this weekend. O'Reilly Autoparts has announced a one race primary sponsorship for Sauter's No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet in the O'Reilly Autoparts 300...
Grapevine, TX (April 6, 2002) - Tim Sauter has a reason for the big Texas grin on his face this weekend. O'Reilly Autoparts has announced a one race primary sponsorship for Sauter's No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet in the O'Reilly Autoparts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The AP Performance Racing Team has raced the full 2002 NASCAR Busch Series so far with no sponsorship, yet this week managed to break into the Top 20 in points.
"It's a relief to get some help," said the driver of the new O'Reilly Autoparts Chevrolet. "The AP Team and I look forward to giving O'Reilly Autoparts a good ride on Saturday. We have a good thing going here with this new AP Performance Racing Team and we are grateful to O'Reilly for recognizing that and letting us carry their name in their race."
Until now, Tim Sauter was the only NBS driver to make every 2002 race without any form of sponsorship. That is a streak he is happy to break. Sauter plans to race the entire 2002 NBS season regardless of sponsorship, but the team continues to look for corporate support.
"We have good equipment, good people, a good owner, and for at least one weekend here we have a great sponsor," said the Necedah, WI native. "Now its time to get back to work and show O'Reilly Autoparts what it means to team up with us."
Sauter and his No. 19 O'Reilly Autoparts Chevrolet Monte Carlo will make the best of their opportunity this time around when they take the green flag in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on FOX Television and PRN Radio.
ABOUT AP PERFORMANCE RACING
AP Performance Racing debuted in 1992 as an American Speed Association entry with team owner Alec Pinsonneault as the driver. The Windsor, Ontario based team notched 16 ASA victories and a pair of division titles with Tim Sauter (1999) and Johnny Sauter (2001) delivering the championship trophies. Now housed in a state of the art facility in Mooresville, NC, AP Performance Racing will field a full-time NASCAR Busch Series effort in 2002 with Tim Sauter again handling the driving chores. AP Performance Racing is a division of AP Development. Also in the family of AP companies are Build A Mold, A.P. Tool and Gauge, Moldplas, Inc, Trimplas, LTD, Trimplas 2 and Trimplas 2000.