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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Travis Sauter to make NASCAR debut Saturday

NEWTON, Iowa - The third generation of Wisconsin’s Sauter racing family is about to hit the track. 30-year-old Travis Sauter of Prairie du Sac will make his NASCAR debut on Saturday, when he drives Joe Nenechek’s No. 87 car in the U.S Cellular-250 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Sauter joins his father Tim – his uncles Johnny and Jay – and his grandfather Jim in NASCAR’s national circuits. Travis Sauter says he wants to turn the opportunity into something more – hopefully a full-time spot in NASCAR.  


After a day off yesterday, the Green Bay Packers return to the practice field at Training Camp this morning. Outside linebacker Nick Perry – the Packers’ first-round draft choice from a year ago – has shown that he’s recovered from a pair of injuries that ended his rookie season prematurely. Perry tore a tendon in his left wrist in only his second professional game last year. He tried playing through it until Week-Six, when he tore an LCL knee ligament at Houston. That ended his season, and he had surgery on the wrist last November. Perry started five of his six games last year opposite Clay Matthews. Now, he says he’s healthy – and he has shown it on the practice field with several big plays during the early Training Camp scrimmages.


The Packers added two free agents yesterday who were just cut by other NFL teams. Receiver Omarius Hines was cut by Baltimore last week. Hines finished his four-year college career at Florida in 2012 with an average of 12-and-a-half yards for his 64 catches, and four touchdowns. The Packers also added safety Chris Banjo. He signed with Jacksonville last April before the Jaguars cut him last Friday. Banjo had four interceptions in his four-year college career at Southern Methodist, ending in 2011. He replaces safety Ryan McMahon, whom the Packers cut yesterday.