Huge Oktoberfest Victory Hopes Slip Away for Jim Sauter, Jr.

Prior to starting third in the 200-lap ARCA Midwest Series event in the 47th annual “Oktoberfest” at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI, Jim Sauter, Jr. of Tomah, WI was ultra confident that he had a shot at earning his first “fest” victory in his #45 Super Late Model.

Sauter, Jr. took the green and quickly climbed into the second spot. He snatched the race lead on the 21st circuit and began to pull away from the field.

Sauter, Jr. retained the lead following a competition yellow flag at the 50 lap mark. Green flag racing resumed and while still in command he began to experience a fierce vibration on his machine.

“The vibration was so intense that I actually have a bruise on my head from it bouncing all over and off of the headrest”, he noted.

Despite his obstacles, the talented throttle jockey retained the lead until lap 91, when he was overtaken by Ty Majeski. Shortly after he began to slow and decided headed pit side and didn’t return to the action.

Meanwhile, his brother Johnny, who elected to give up his great qualifying spot, took the “Ultimate Challenge” and started 28th. With taking the challenge, if Johnny would go on to win he would score a $5,000 bonus. By lap 50 he held the third spot.   

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the weekend that both brothers had hoped for, as they were forced to retire from the event with mechanical woes by the end of the show. Despite the great run and 23rd place finish in the show, Jim, Jr. was proud with the way his car and crew performed all weekend.

“The most gratifying part about Oktoberfest for me was that I really felt like I had one of, if not the best cars there and my crew was definitely on their ‘A game’.”

“It’s a shame that we didn’t finish but with the run that we had, going to the lead, pulling away from the field and leading a lot of laps, it’s a great way to end the season.”

He continued, “Plus, the car is in one piece.”

2015 has been a great year for Jim, Jr. He scored his first feature win with his own equipment in August at Golden Sands Speedway and headed into the last event of the season with the points lead. He missed winning the championship by just a few points. Shortly after, his wife, Katie, gave birth to their first son, AJ Sauter.

“I have a lot to be thankful for in 2015. It’s been a great year and I can’t thank all of my guys and sponsors enough for all of their support”, he noted.

Jim and Johnny’s oldest brother Tim finished 6th and their nephew Travis settled for a 9th place finish. Minnesota’s Dan Fredrickson took the victory.

Although his 2015 season has come to a close, Sauter is one of those guys already focused on the next race in line, wherever and whenever that might be. He admits that he’s ready to go racing again at any time, especially during Speedweeks if a competitive ride would happen to open up, allowing him to hop into the seat.

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