Mooresville, NC - The 2001 ASA season has started out a little rocky for Rookie of the Year candidate Johnny Sauter. Johnny started the season with a pole and a fourth place finish, but a blown tire ended his night early in the second of 20 ...
Mooresville, NC - The 2001 ASA season has started out a little rocky for Rookie of the Year candidate Johnny Sauter. Johnny started the season with a pole and a fourth place finish, but a blown tire ended his night early in the second of 20 American Speed Association events. His bad luck would continue during Saturday night's running of the Florida 200 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida.
After brake problems in practice, Sauter qualified the A.P. Plasman Group Chevrolet in 15th position. "This is the first time I've ever qualified out of the top 6 with A.P. Performance," Johnny commented after qualifying. "This is not where we wanted to start the race, but we've got a good car and we'll get to the front."
As the first 25 laps of the race unfolded, Sauter had a strong car, but was fighting a loose condition. "Johnny was just riding, waiting for the chance to come in and make a couple of adjustments," noted crew chief Joe Shear, Jr.
On lap 26, Sauter entered pit road with a broken axle. The A.P. Performance Racing crew went to work on the car and got Johnny back out on the track, but he had become 37 laps down to the leader. A vibration brought him into the pits twice more during the last 100 laps of the race. He would finish the race in 30th position.
Sauter, frustrated but still confident, added "We're very disappointed with our finish tonight, but we know we've got good equipment and a great crew. It's just a matter of time before our luck changes and we find our way to victory lane."
-A.P. Performance Racing