Texas: Johnny Sauter preview
Sandusky, Oh. (June 2, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter has had success in his previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. With two sixth-place finishes last season Sauter knows how get around the fast 1.5-mile quad-oval. But ...
Sandusky, Oh. (June 2, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter has had success in his previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. With two sixth-place finishes last season Sauter knows how get around the fast 1.5-mile quad-oval. But sixth isn't good enough for Sauter; he's headed back to Texas with one goal in mind, wearing the famous TMS cowboy hat and firing off the commemorative pistols in victory lane.
What's your game plan to get into victory lane at Texas? "It seems like it's been feast or famine for the No. 13 team this year so we're headed to Texas thinking it's time for another feast. We've tried some things that we thought should work but didn't so we're going down with what we know. We ran really good at Texas last year and we'll have the same truck so we have a good baseline to start from. We've been so up-and-down this year that a sixth-place finish might be good, but really we're looking for a lot more than that. We'd like to come out of Texas with a good solid top-five finish and work on building our consistency for the rest of the summer. But the main goal is what it is every week and that's to come out with a win."
How does Texas compare now versus when you started racing there in 2001? "It has aged like a lot of the other tracks we race at and it's made it a lot more competitive. When you lose grip it makes the trucks slip and slide and the driver can really pick it up against the competition. There are a lot of little bumps in the asphalt and the track has a lot of character to it now and that leads to more side by side racing."
There is a big bump in turn one over the tunnel at Texas; how do you work on your setup with coil-binding to make it work over the bumps? "That's the key to the whole thing at Texas. If you can keep on the gas over the bump in turn one that's a tenth of a second a lap. That's what separates the guys running first and second from the guys running sixth and seventh. Joe (Shear) and the guys spend a lot of time working on perfecting that setup so we can stay wide open over that bump and get that advantage over the competition."
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