SAUTER DELIVERS SOLID FINISH FOR RED MAN RACING LEBANON, Tenn., (April 3, 2010) -- Despite having a different driver behind the wheel Saturday at the Nashville Superspeedway, the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford once again ran up front all day.
SAUTER DELIVERS SOLID FINISH FOR RED MAN RACING
LEBANON, Tenn., (April 3, 2010) -- Despite having a different driver behind the wheel Saturday at the Nashville Superspeedway, the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford once again ran up front all day. Johnny Sauter made his way as high as fifth-place with 75 laps to go before a mechanical issue with the right-front shock caused the car to get tight and the veteran driver slowly drifted out of the top 10. The Necedah, WI native finished the Nashville 300 in 13th-place and helped the team maintain their eighth-place standing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner points.
"In the middle of the race I thought we were going to have a top-10 finish, maybe even a top 5," said Sauter. "At the end of the race the car went away from me a little bit and we slid back some. It was a solid day for everyone involved and I appreciate Baker Curb Racing giving me the chance to drive the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford."
Making just his second Nationwide Series start since 2008, Sauter started the race from the 19th position. By lap 10 the veteran driver had maneuvered his way into the top 15, where he would remain until NASCAR waved the competition caution on lap 30. The 31-year old driver communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford was just a little tight off the corners so the Red Man Racing crew made a trackbar adjustment in addition to putting on four fresh tires and filling the tank with fuel.
As the race progressed, Sauter continued to communicate that his No. 27 Ford Fusion was just a little tight but managed to make his way into the top 10 for the first time on lap 120. When a caution occurred on lap 141, the veteran driver brought the Red Man Moist Snuff down pit road for another trackbar adjustment, four fresh tires and fuel.
When the race restarted on lap 152, Sauter was scored in the 7th position. The adjustments seemed to work as the veteran driver began turning his fastest laps of the day and worked his way into the fifth spot on lap 155. Five laps later, Sauter communicated that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford began getting tight again and he slowly drifted out of the top 10 during the last 65 laps.
"Johnny did a fantastic job for us today and battled hard all race," said crew chief Rick Viers. "After the race was over we found an issue with the right front shock that most likely caused the tightness he was experiencing at the end of the race."
Greg Biffle will be back in the seat of the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Friday, April 9th, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Bashas' Supermarkets 200.