MARNE, MI - The American Speed Association returned to the historic Berlin Speedway Saturday night for the Tires.com 300, marking the 12th race in the 2001 season. Johnny Sauter came to Berlin with every intention of adding to his five race ...
MARNE, MI - The American Speed Association returned to the historic Berlin Speedway Saturday night for the Tires.com 300, marking the 12th race in the 2001 season. Johnny Sauter came to Berlin with every intention of adding to his five race winning streak.
Sauter started the event in the fifth position, but by lap 107 had the A.P. Plasman Group Chevrolet in the top spot. He would lead the event three times for a total of 121 of the 300 laps, but it would be Butch Miller who led the final lap taking the checkers. Sauter finished in the third spot behind Miller and 2nd place finisher, Gary St. Amant.
"We'll take a third place finish," commented Sauter. "I think we had the car to beat here, but we had a problem with one of our stops that put us back in the field. My hats off to this A.P. team though, they've had awesome stops all year long. We'll get'em next time."
The third place finish allowed Johnny to break yet another rookie record, this time most podium finishes. The record, previously held by Scott Hansen, was seven podiums in a season. Sauter currently has eight, all of which came in the last eight races.
Johnny is also adding to another record, most laps lead by a rookie. He currently holds the title with 1161 laps lead this season. He has also led the most laps by any driver in 2001.
Sauter remains on top in the overall point standings with 24 points over race winner Butch Miller. Johnny also added to his rookie of the year point lead, taking a commanding 415 point advantage over 2nd place rookie Mike Cope.
ASA will visit Salem Speedway for the Tecumseh 300 on Saturday July 21st. Tune in to TNN at 9:00 pm EST for all the action.