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Sauter Suffers a Block for the Clock

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When you think Martinsville Speedway, you think Johnny Sauter. It’s a track the defending series champion circles twice on the schedule every season.

The Wisconsin veteran was prepared and poised to defend his 2016 victory, but part-time teammate Chase Elliott had a different idea.

With 12 laps remaining after a caution in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250, race leader Elliott chose the outside lane as part of the teammate strategy the GMS Racing drivers employed all day. Elliott cleared Sauter on the backstretch, and turned to his mirror for help.

Sauter tried to argue his point with swift nudge to Elliott’s bumper heading unto Turn 3, but the 21-year-old was able to withstand the contact and go on to the checkers.

While Sauter, who finished runner-up, accepted the maneuver, he didn’t exactly concede to it.

“Chase did what he needed to do there with the block,” Sauter told Fox Sports. “When the shoe is on the other foot, I’ll do what I need to do.”

Chase Elliott becomes the first in his family to win the coveted Martinsville clock. His 16-time Most Popular dad, Bill, had a three career best third-place finishes in 45 tries.

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Mike Calinoff

Over the past twenty-three years, Mike has become a notable figure in the NASCAR community. As a Spotter, he spent a total of 14 seasons with Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY Series. All told, at Roush Fenway Racing, he garnered over 40 wins including three Championships and two Daytona 500’s. At the end of 2013, Mike left Roush Fenway to focus on his companies and stays active in the NASCAR community at many levels. Mike was a regular guest on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, featured "act" Speed TV's Trackside Live and makes on occasional cameo on soap operas. (Really?) He has an affinity for starting new things, such as Popular Speed and 140 BUZZ – a PR, Marketing and Social Media company. Many 140 BUZZ clients are NASCAR teams, drivers and sponsors and represent many of the most visible brands in NASCAR and other business categories. Mike is also a Driver Development consultant, where he works with families and drivers around the country to set a career path. As a stand-up comic Mike is, without a doubt, the funniest guy he knows. Calinoff lives in Lake Norman, NC