ON THE DEFENSE: Johnny Sauter
heads to Martinsville Speedway as the defending winner of the spring race at the
65-year old facility. Sauter had a perfect record in the March event in 2011,
starting the race from the pole position before bringing home the famous
grandfather clock trophy. In his eight previous starts at the 0.526-mile oval,
Sauter has earned two top-five and two top-10 finishes, tallying an average
start of 12.9 and an average finish of 16.1.
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: It's all about track position
at the 'paperclip,' and the best way to get to the front is to start there.
ThorSport Racing had no trouble getting to the front in 2011 when the
organization swept the pole for both races at Martinsville in 2011: Sauter
started from the point position in the spring race, while teammate Matt Crafton
took the award when he broke the track's NCWTS qualifying record in the fall
LISTEN IN: New Country Q 104.1 returns to the No. 13 as
an associate sponsor this weekend in Martinsville. The Greensboro, N.C. country
station was on board for last year's win and will appear on the tonneau cover of
the Hot Honeys Toyota Tundra for this year's event. Fans attending the race can
tune into the station locally and those outside the area can listen live on
iHeartRadio or at www.wtqr.com.
COME SAY 'HI': Sauter and his ThorSport Racing
teammates Matt Crafton and Dakoda Armstrong will be appearing at the NCWTS
autograph session this weekend in Martinsville. The session will be held on
Friday, March 30th from 4:00-5:00 PM ET by the track's main ticket office
outside the track behind Richard Petty Tower.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 13 team will utilize chassis
No. 11 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Sauter drove this same chassis to
the win in the spring Martinsville race last season, following up with a
fourth-place finish in the fall race.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: After employing a conservative
strategy for much of the NextEra Energy Resources 250, Sauter charged to the
lead before getting turned in a green-white-checker finish, causing a fiery
crash that collected teammate Crafton and ultimately resulted in a 24th-place
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Johnny Sauter
What are your thoughts on Martinsville Speedway?
"My roots are in short track racing, so this is always a track I enjoy racing
at, and I look forward to it even more now that we've got a win there. Anytime
you return to a track where you have a win or a pole, you go in with a certain
amount of confidence because you know you've conquered it, that you can conquer
it. We had two really great races in Martinsville last year and we're bringing
back the same truck, so we know we're going in with something that works. Now
the goal is to make it even better and bring home another grandfather clock
March 31, 2012
250 Laps/131.5 Miles
TV: SPEED will broadcast live at 1:00 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN will broadcast live at 1:45 p.m. ET
Current Point Standings: 22nd
Crew Chief: Joe Shear, Jr.
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