Sauter, AP Performance Chevy looking for short-track advantage at Richmond. RICHMOND, VA (May 4, 2002) - Coming off the best finish of his young NASCAR Busch Series career at California Speedway last weekend, Tim Sauter feels he has an advantage...
Sauter, AP Performance Chevy looking for short-track advantage at Richmond.
RICHMOND, VA (May 4, 2002) - Coming off the best finish of his young NASCAR Busch Series career at California Speedway last weekend, Tim Sauter feels he has an advantage heading the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Raceway Friday.
"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, who finished a career-best seventh at California last week. "I'm used to the rhythm and style of racing on short tracks. 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."
Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team have been on a roll as of late posting a season-best 10th-place qualifying effort before following it up with the top NBS performance in California. Sauter expects team's recent success, combined with his extensive short-track experience, will help improve on his 23rd-place finish in his only previous Busch Series appearance at RIR a year ago.
"We had a Top-10 car at Richmond last year and we got tangled up with someone and cut down a tire," said Sauter. "That made us loose a lap and we never recovered from that. You always risk getting caught up in a wreck in any short track race. It just wasn't my weekend. Richmond is a great track and facility and fans come there to see good short track racing. This time, we're hoping to give it to them."
Sauter's string of strong April finishes, including a 10th at Nashville (TN) Superspeedway, has moved the Necedah, WI driver up 15 positions in the championship standings over the past seven races. One of three Sauter brothers competing in the Busch Series this season, Sauter is looking to continue that climb in Hardee's 250 at Richmond.
"We could be in an even better position if we didn't get caught up in the big wreck at Talladega," said Sauter. "We had a great car there - qualified 11th and was in position for another strong finish if we don't get wrecked. You'll have that sometimes and you just have to put it behind you. Another great finish at Richmond is what this team is shooting for now and based on the way we've been running lately, I wouldn't bet against us."
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will take the green flag in the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Speedway Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on FX 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.