- (July 23, 2011) - Johnny Sauter continued his consistent
top five finishes with a podium finish in second place at Nashville
Superspeedway Friday night after starting sixth in the Lucas Deep Clean 200.
Sauter, whose impressive run at last weekend's Iowa Speedway resulted in a
fourth place finish, continued with a strong performance at Nashville by both
driver and the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records/Carrier Chevy team, despite being
overtaken by race winner Austin Dillon with 35 to go. He remains the NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series driver championship points leader going into Lucas
Oil Raceway this week.
Taking the green flag from the sixth place spot, Sauter quickly navigated to
third position and remained in the top five through two early cautions. He
reported being loose in, tight off from race start throughout - with crew chief
Joe Shear, Jr. advising on a series of blowers on and off the tires and air
pressure adjustments during pit stops. Green-flag conditions dictated a pit stop
at lap 56, with a stellar stop by the pit crew - taking four tires, fuel topped
and a half pound out of the rear tires. Sauter restarted ninth and continued to
take positions to fourth within 15 laps.
The race completion came down to pit strategy, with Sauter taking four tires,
enough fuel in while tires were being changed and an air pressure adjustment -
while Dillon took four. Sauter had the fastest pit cycle of the leaders once
again, emerging in second place and overtaking leader Dillon for 22 laps.
Holding his ground as long as he could, continued loose conditions held off the
truck from staying in the first position at the checkers. Sauter finished in
second position, a second off the leader but a half second in front of third
place finisher Timothy Peters.
Thoughts from Sauter:
"My guys were phenomenal here, what an amazing job by Joe and the 13 boys. They
have worked their tails off to move a race shop, build these trucks, work on
them all day, travel from Ohio, then go over the wall and be the best. All of
the training they've done in the offseason is paying off. The truck is one of
the fastest in our fleet - chassis 38 hasn't had worse than a second place
finish all year, and we just built it in the offseason. After leading practice
all day, we knew we had a potential winner. I took four tires because I knew we
had a loose truck there at the end - and you choose your tires based on track
position and how the truck's handling. Dillon just had a fast, fast truck and
didn't need four. It was great strategy for them and a good win. We did our best
and came home with a good finish."
Sauter is ready to continue his streak heading into Indianapolis. "This is one
of my favorite, favorite racetracks and I love how it runs. I've done really
well at Indy, so this is when it gets fun. It's nice to be leading the points,
sure, but again - with the new system, things change all the time. We're focused
on winning at every track, and the points will follow. That's when you're doing
your job, and anybody who knows me knows how competitive I am - I want to be in
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series goes under the lights next Friday, July
29th for the AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.