Winchester, IN - The 32nd annual Winchester 400 was held Sunday, September 23rd at Winchester Speedway (IN). The 19th of 20 ASA events was originally scheduled for the previous Sunday, but due to the tragedies our nation suffered, the race was ...
Winchester, IN - The 32nd annual Winchester 400 was held Sunday, September 23rd at Winchester Speedway (IN). The 19th of 20 ASA events was originally scheduled for the previous Sunday, but due to the tragedies our nation suffered, the race was postponed. When racing weekend finally came, Johnny Sauter was ready to put his A.P. Plasman Group Chevrolet in victory lane.
In Saturday's qualifications, Johnny turned a lap of 16.019 seconds, putting him in the 8th starting spot for the 400 lap event. David Stremme, substituting for Scott Hansen in the #5 car, sat on the pole with a time of 15.713 seconds.
In a race notorious for wrecks, this event was no different. An incident on lap 1 took out two contenders. As the yellow flew, Sauter settled into 6th position and planned to ride until the final 50 laps.
Unfortunately, Sauter's plans were quickly changed at lap 20. As the field slowed to avoid a wreck in turn 4, Johnny was hit by the car behind him, causing him to spin. While getting the #9 car pointed in the right direction, Sauter made slight contact with another car at the entrance of pit road.
The A.P. team did an excellent job of changing radiators and fixing other damage to have Johnny back on the track in just 12 laps. When he rejoined the field, Johnny was in the 24th position.
Johnny stayed patient, trying to complete as many laps as possible to maintain a good points lead. He stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the race, and came home a respectable 12th. Only three cars finished on the lead lap, while just 17 of 32 cars were running at the conclusion of the event.
Sauter still retains the points lead going into the final event of the season, but it has narrowed to 108 pts. ahead of 2nd place, Gary St. Amant.