SAUTER DOING DOUBLE-DUTY ON THE SHORT TRACKS by J Troiano
Two Races on Consecutive Days Nearly 1,000 Miles from Each Other
On Friday, Sauter, the 1999 ASA National Champion and former Busch Series regular, fly down to compete in the Southeast Series event at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Sauter will then hop back on a plane to Wisconsin to compete in the rescheduled NASCAR Midwest Series "Spring Sizzler" at the Dells Motor Speedway on Saturday evening. That race was scheduled to be completed last weekend before torrential rains brought the program to a halt during qualifying.
"That is the plan as of now," said Sauter of competing in both events while sitting in an airport in Wisconsin. "We had already planned this Myrtle Beach event before the cancellation of the other race, so now we try as hard as we can to get both of them done."
Sauter is racing for Jeff Victor in several races this year in his infamous #52 machine, but at Myrtle Beach, Tim will pilot the silver bullet #5 of Richie Wauters.
"Our only real problem is getting the cars to and from the racetracks. We are driving for Richie Wauters at Myrtle Beach, but we are using a Jeff Victor engine and Victor's rig to haul the car to 'the Beach.' That leaves us with no rig for the Victor car that I am supposed to drive at the Dells on Saturday, so Gerry Gunderman (short track car owner) is hopefully going to supply us with a rig to tow out to the Dells with."
If you think that is a mess, don't forget Sauter will also have the manage traffic at several airports this weekend to pull off the feat.
On the bright side, it could be a big weekend for Sauter, who won at "The Beach" in 2001, the last time he competed with the Southeast Series (then All Pro), also driving the silver #5 Richie Wauters' prepared car. And last weekend at the Dells, he had one of the fastest cars on the 1/3-mile track before the rain hit.
"We were really fast up at the Dells in practice, so I think we have a pretty good piece for up there, if I get there."
Since losing his full-time Busch ride, Sauter will be returning to the Short Tracks with Jeff Victor and Richie Wauters. Sauter is planning to compete in a variety of series in 2003, including NASCAR Midwest, Southeast, Sunoco Super Series and Super Late Model events around the country. Sauter is also competing part-time in the Busch Series with the #56 Mac Hill Motorsports team.
Keep it tuned right here to 51sportsracing.com and timsauter.com for the latest news on whether Sauter's daily double" paid off.
Tim Sauter loves racing. Why else would he travel more than 1,000 miles to compete in two different races with two different racing series on consecutive nights. Thanks to Mother Nature, Sauter will be pulling double-duty this weekend by racing on two straight nights in NASCAR's Southeast Series and Midwest Series.
The Richie Wauter's prepared #5 will be in Myrtle Beach with Sauter behind the wheel.