BUSCH: Texas: Johnny Sauter preview

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will ...

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 15 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

BRISTOL PAYDAY - Kevin Harvick captured his ninth career Busch Series victory and his third at Bristol Motor Speedway this past Saturday. The win was also the first win for the PayDay brand, coming just five events into its sponsorship. The win is also the second consecutive Bristol spring race win for the RCR No. 21 team. Jeff Green won last year.

TEAM RANKINGS - After five events, the PayDay Racing team is leading the team rankings by 80 points over the second place No. 92 team (Todd Bodine), and 128 points ahead of the third place No. 57 team (Jason Keller).

DRIVER RANKINGS - Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter both sit well inside the top-10 in the Busch Series standings. Harvick is currently fourth, 80 points behind the leader, Todd Bodine, and Sauter is seventh, 109 points behind Bodine.

WELCOME BACK JOHNNY - Saturday's O'Reilly's 300 is Johnny Sauter's second event in the PayDay Chevrolet. Sauter's debut with the PayDay team came two weeks ago in Darlington, where Sauter came home with a fifth-place finish. Sauter has only one career start at Texas Motor Speedway. Last year he claimed a 15th-place finish.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON TWO RACE DATES AT TEXAS - "Texas is a great track and a great facility. NASCAR has to do what they have to do. If it means coming to Texas twice, then so be it. I like the place. I have family in the area so it would be great for me. If the fans want to see two races, then I say let's give it to them."

ON "COOKIE CUTTER TRACKS" - "They really aren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be. I've got my first win in Chicago at one, so I have to say that I like them. These tracks make the car a lot more important than the driver. They usually provide some good racing, and the fans seem to enjoy that."

ON HIS SEASON TO DATE - "I've been lucky and caught some breaks early this season. Unfortunately, I have a DNF at Las Vegas, otherwise I'd say we were doing great. I've got the next three weeks in the PayDay car. I think it's going to be a great opportunity for me to concentrate on my driving, and try and learn some things."

BUTCH HYLTON ON HIS FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR- "GREAT! First win gave us a great start. We should have gotten one sooner, but regardless it helps out in the points and gets the team heading in the right direction. The goal is the owner's championship, and wins and top-fives are going to help us achieve that."

ON MENTORING SAUTER - "It's kind of fun. It reminds me of working with my oldest son and his race car. It's similar to teaching them and watching that light come on when you show them something new, and that's enjoyable. It feels like you're doing something. You're not just guiding the ship, your driving it."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing