BUSCH: Richmond II: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter, AP Performance Chevy shooting for another top Richmond finish RICHMOND, VA (September 2, 2002) -Tim Sauter enters this weekend's Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series event ready for another Top-10 finish at the Richmond International Raceway.

Sauter, AP Performance Chevy shooting for another top Richmond finish

RICHMOND, VA (September 2, 2002) -Tim Sauter enters this weekend's Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series event ready for another Top-10 finish at the Richmond International Raceway. Sauter rallied from a lap down to finish 10th in the Hardees 250 at RIR earlier this season and is quick to point out that the .75-mile oval is one of his favorite stops on the NBS tour.

"Considering I came to the Busch Series from the American Speed Association where we had a lot of short-track races, Richmond feels like home to me," said Sauter, driver of the No. 19 AP Performance Chevy. "I'm used to the rhythm and style of racing. Richmond is a racer's track - it's smooth and there are two distinct racing grooves. The moderate banking there reminds me of some of the tracks we went with ASA. It is still its own bird because it is a tri-oval with a kink in the front straight and it's real tight off of Turn 2."

This past spring in the Hardees 250, Sauter was bumped from behind when checking up to avoid an early race wreck. The resulting spin placed him down a lap in the 31st position. The 1999 ASA national champion was able to reclaim his lap and climb into the Top 10 at the drop of the checkered flag.

"You always risk getting caught up in a wreck in any short track race," explained Sauter. "Last time at Richmond, a couple of cars checked up coming off Turn 2 and I thought we had enough room to miss it. Unfortunately, another car got into me from behind and turned me around. We got a lap down, but nobody panicked. We knew we had a good car and we got our lap back.

"Richmond is a great track and facility and fans come there to see good short track racing. Another great finish at Richmond is what this team is shooting for now, I wouldn't bet against us."

Sauter will make his second attempt to qualify for his first Winston Cup race this weekend, piloting the No. 17 Dave Marcis Auto Racing Chevy.

"Dave (Marcis) wanted to give it another try this weekend in Richmond," said Sauter. "I really want to make my first Winston Cup start this season, and Richmond is a place where I have had some success. I think the practice time on the Cup side actually helped me out in the Busch race at Bristol."

Sauter will take the green flag in the Funai 250 NBS race at Richmond International Raceway Friday, September 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on TNT Television and MRN Radio.

For More information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing team visit www.timsauter.com.

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. For more media information, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities concerning AP Performance Racing, please contact Bobby Wooten at Motorsports Management Group at 704-236-9986 or by e-mail at bgwooten@msn.com.

Spencer Andrews Motorsports Management Group 5620 Concord Parkway South Suite102 Concord, NC 28027 Phone: (704) 454-5353, ext. 21 Cell: (704) 957-7695 Fax: (704) 454-5355

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dave Marcis , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter