ELLIOTT SADLER STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The No. 19 Best Buy Dodge and the rest of the Richard Petty Motorsports crews that worked the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway got some tough news following Sunday's race -- the most difficult words to...
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The No. 19 Best Buy Dodge and the rest of the Richard Petty Motorsports crews that worked the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway got some tough news following Sunday's race -- the most difficult words to anyone who travels regularly were spoken -- your flight has been cancelled.
Due to the snowstorm that hit the Charlotte area, most of the commercial flights headed to the area were cancelled with no other available seats coming until Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest. The team decided to get as many people home as possible by sending two team planes to collect the crew on Monday. The teams flew through the night and landed back in Charlotte early Tuesday.
ELLIOTT SADLER ON TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS AND DELAYS: "The entire team ended up staying over in Las Vegas a little longer than expected. I know another day or two in Las Vegas doesn't sound that difficult to some, but when you've been out west for 11 days already, day number 12 or 13 doesn't get any easier.
"These guys have been working hard and away from home for the all but about three of the last 30 days -- that is a grueling schedule and a lot of our guys just wanted to go home and spend some time with their wife or kids or girlfriends that they haven't seen in a long time. That was the plan--get everyone home early this week and give them some down time, but since the snowstorm in Charlotte a lot of plans changed. I know some of the over-the-wall guys for Richard Petty Motorsports didn't get home until Wednesday. The team sent out two planes to get most of them home that left Monday night and got home very early Tuesday morning, but we couldn't get everyone and some had to wait until Wednesday morning for a commercial flight.
"I know (Vice President of Competition) Mark McArdle had a chance to get home on the team's jet, but he decided to give up his seat so that he could stay with the race team. As he put it -- 'if you guys are staying -- than so am I. We are a team and we stick together like a team.' That was a class move and I know a lot of the guys on the team appreciate it."
Primary: No. 274: New chassis--never tested
Backup: No. 259: Raced frequently in 2008, Served as backup at LVMS
Sadler is ranked 11th in championship driver points after the first two races of 2009.