Points: 1st (+29)
Stage One: Sauter completed the first stage of the 250-lap event in the fourth position. He reported to the team that he was lacking traction and forward drive before making his way to pit road under caution. Crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. called for four tires, fuel, and chassis and air pressure adjustments for the Allegiant Chevrolet. Sauter returned to the track in the fourth position for the start of Stage Two.
Stage Two: Five laps into Stage Two, a push from the No. 4 truck resulted in Sauter making contact with the No. 52 to bring out the yellow flag. With no damage to the No. 21, he continued in the third position, fighting a loose-handling Allegiant Chevy. As the run progressed, Sauter asked for still more rear grip at the stage break. He pitted under caution for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, restarting ninth after several trucks made two-tire stops.
Final Stage: After making his way back toward the top-five, Sauter told the No. 21 team on lap 188 that he was experiencing low-voltage in the Allegiant Chevy. On lap 225, the No. 21 lost power resulting in Sauter spinning to bring out the eighth caution of the event. After coming to pit road for the team to replace the battery, and receiving tires and fuel, Sauter returned to the track two laps down in the 23rd position. A quick caution allowed him to gain one lap back, but Sauter ultimately finished the race 19th, one lap down.
– Monday’s 19th-place finish marks Sauter’s first finish outside of the top-15 since August 2017 at Michigan International Speedway.
– Despite a tough end to the day at Martinsville Speedway, Sauter continues to lead the NCWTS point standings.
“This is always such a tough place to race. The Allegiant team made great adjustments to give me more forward drive at the end of the first two stages, but in the end, we had to replace a battery and that’s what really set us back. I could tell there was an issue for a while, but there wasn’t much of an option but to wait for a caution and unfortunately we were the reason for it. Still a good day overall, we did what we could and we’ve got some things to work on before we come back in October.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!