Another Sauter Starts Racing Cars

by Anna Straight

Some families have traditions that get passed down, but for the Sauter family of Necedah racing isn’t just a tradition, it is also a passion. Jim Sauter of Necedah was well known for racing and that passion for racing has been passed down to his sons and to his grandsons. Jim Sauter’s youngest son Joey Sauter is going to be in his first race this Friday night, August 4th at Tomah-Sparta Raceway.

Joey Sauter told The Messenger that this will be his very first race, but in fact, he has wanted to race for quite some time, however, he wasn’t sure if he would have the time or the money for the sport. Sauter said that he grew up going to races watching his brothers race in Milwaukee and in Chicago. Some of his fondest memories were watching video tapes of his dad racing cars.

Currently, he has four nephews and two brothers who also race. One of his brother's races NASCAR Camping World Series, Truck Series and the other is racing in the Midwest Tour. Sauter said that he will be racing in the Midwest Modifies, which started about ten years ago. The Midwest Modifies used to be on just dirt tracks, but are now on asphalt. With this division of racing, Sauter will be in the local area such as Tomah-Sparta, The Dells and LaCrosse.The Messenger asked how fast he can go on the race tracks and he said, “ As fast as you can possibly go, but LaCrosse Speedway will be the funnest track since it’s bigger than the others, so I can get my car up to speeds of 125 miles per hour there in the corners.”

Sauter’s first car is one that he purchased from his nephew. He said that he really like the car and the colors were perfect.”The car is black, red and white, the colors look fast’. He just did a little bit of touch up to the paint and gave the car the number 14, because it’s a unique number in racing. Sauter said that a lot of the racers go with the number 5, but there aren’t many with the number 14 and jokingly he said that that is about how much money he had left after purchasing the race car. It took him only a month and a half to get the car ready for racing.

Sauter said with this being his first race it’s for his Dad. “It would have been cool if he could have been there! I just hope that with my first race the car stays in one piece.”

Friday, August 4th Midwest Dash Series Summer Sizzler 30 at the Tomah-Sparta Raceway, qualifying starts at 5pm and the race starts at 7pm. Gates open at 4pm. Admission is $10 Adult, $8 Veteran/Military/Emergency Services, $5 Student (6-17) and Kids 5 and under are always FREE.

The Tomah Sparta Raceway is located off of HWY 21, 3 miles West of Walmart in Tomah.

The Messenger wishes Joey the best of luck.