Sauter continues to take ASA by storm

TOLEDO, OH - The American Speed Association held the tenth race of it's 2001 season at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon. For the fifth time in the last six races it was Johnny Sauter taking the checkered flag. Sauter now ties the all time ASA ...

TOLEDO, OH - The American Speed Association held the tenth race of it's 2001 season at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon. For the fifth time in the last six races it was Johnny Sauter taking the checkered flag. Sauter now ties the all time ASA record for most consecutive wins with four.

Starting from the tenth position, Johnny quickly charged his way to the front and took over the point from race leader Scott Hansen at lap 74.

The A.P. Plasman Group Chevrolet made only one stop during the 300 lap shoot out, pitting for right side tires on lap 104. The A.P. Performance crew got him out of the pits first, but one lead lap car stayed out putting Johnny in second for the restart.

"Once again we had a great tire strategy and it worked out for us," said Sauter.

By lap 121 Sauter was once again in the lead and did not look back. Johnny pulled away from the hard charging second place car of Gary St. Amant to claim his fifth victory in his rookie season.

"The number of cautions were a benefit to us because we didn't have to stop a second time for tires," Johnny commented. "The car was perfect all day. I missed a shift on one restart and Gary got a good run on me. I just ran a smooth line all day."

Sauter once again gained ground on the points leader Butch Miller, and now trails him by just 67 points.

Catch ASA's eleventh race of the season on TNN, Sunday July 8th at 1 pm EST, live from Chicago Motor Speedway.

-APPR-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Butch Miller , Scott Hansen