Atlanta: Elliott Sadler visits media

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, is eighth in the point standings. He addressed the media at his hauler following Friday's practice." ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE FUSION ON A...

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, is eighth in the point standings. He addressed the media at his hauler following Friday's practice."

ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE FUSION ON A SCALE OF 1-10? "The Fusion is doing very good. You look at what Roush is doing. They're being very competitive and leading a lot of laps whether it's the Busch race or the Cup race. I think it's a great tool. I don't think we've hit it yet, exactly what we need to have for it, but we're gonna keep working as hard as we can."

DO YOU LIKE ATLANTA? "I like Atlanta. I think it's one of my favorite race tracks to race at, not because it's fast. It's great that it's a fast race track, but you can run on the bottom, you can run in the middle, you can run up high. You can do a lot of different things here at Atlanta to change the handling characteristics of your car, so I really enjoy coming to this race track for that."

WILL THE POSSIBLE BAD WEATHER ON SUNDAY AFFECT YOUR PREPARATIONS? "It doesn't. We can't worry about the weather and all the other things we have to deal with. We're gonna come here and get the car as best we can, do all the work we need to do and the weather will take care of itself. We're all gonna have to race one day no matter what the weather is so we'll just build some adjustments into it and see what happens."

EVERY RACE HAS BEEN A GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED FINISH. HOW MUCH MORE ON THE WHEEL ARE YOU DOWN THE STRETCH OF THESE THINGS? "You've got to be paying attention all the time. I think racing has changed so much in the last four or five years. You're pretty much racing like you're qualifying each and every lap. You've got to be up on the wheel and you've got to be ready for these green-white-checkereds because it's gonna happen. Last week we gained eight positions in two laps, so it was a benefit to us. We were just in the right place at the right time, but we have to make sure we're up on the wheel each and every lap because of that."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED FINISH? "I think it's good for the ticketholders. Fans pay a lot of money to come and see us, so we should have one shot at a green-white-checkered. We're all getting used to it now and it's part of the deal, so it doesn't bother us. It's pretty interesting sometimes, but it's part of racing. It created one heck of a race last week between Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson."

IN ESSENCE, THOUGH, A GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED ISN'T MUCH DIFFERENT FROM RACING BACK TO THE CAUTION IS IT? "It's racing until the caution comes out. When the caution comes out we quit racing no matter what, but I think you've got to try to give the fans at least one attempt to try to end these things under green. It's no fun for anybody anymore to end them under caution, so I think the fans look forward to a green-white-checkered. I think some of the drivers, depending on what kind of position you're in, are looking forward to it. But even under that situation when the caution comes out you slow down, so you're not really racing back. I think the sport is a lot safer because of that."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Elliott Sadler