BUSCH: Sparta: Tim Sauter preview

Sauter, AP Performance Chevy ready to bounce back in Kentucky. SPARTA, KY (June 15, 2002) - You can't fault Tim Sauter if he'd like to forget last year's NASCAR Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway. "I was running especially well at Kentucky...

Sauter, AP Performance Chevy ready to bounce back in Kentucky.

SPARTA, KY (June 15, 2002) - You can't fault Tim Sauter if he'd like to forget last year's NASCAR Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

"I was running especially well at Kentucky last year and hung around the Top-5 all day until I got spun with around 40 laps to go," said Sauter, who started the 2001 Outback Steakhouse 300 from the 14th position. "Kentucky was by far going to be my best Busch Series finish up to that point of the season. After we crashed, we were credited with 30th place. Then things went from bad to worse."

A NASCAR post-race inspection of Sauter's battered racer discovered a technical infraction that further dropped his Chevrolet to 43rd (last) in the official scoring rundown. Additional NASCAR sanctions contributed to his team shutting its doors leaving Sauter without a ride for the rest of the season.

"That was really tough," said Sauter, the 1999 American Speed Association champion. "Having a bad race was one thing, losing your team and ride for the rest of the season was something I would have never dreamed of. Sitting on the outside looking in was probably the worst thing I've had to go through in my racing career."

Sauter's career got back on track this season when he reunited with AP Performance Racing, the team he steered to the ASA title in 1999. Armed with a fleet of new Monte Carlos and a team lead by crew chief Bobby Bakeeff, Sauter has slowly gained momentum to currently rank 13th in the 2002 NBS championship chase.

Given his results at Kentucky Speedway a year ago, Sauter is eager to get back to the Blue Grass State oval.

"I liked the Kentucky track from the moment I first saw it," said Sauter. "I'd like to be able to go back there and have a good run, especially after what happened last year. Right now, Kentucky holds some unpleasant memories for me. We're looking to take this AP Performance Chevy back there and create some new, positive memories."

Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Racing Team will continue their quest for their first NBS win in the Kroger 300 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday June 8, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will telecast live on FX Television and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

For more information on Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing, please 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.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter