Fontana II: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER'S PRIORITY IS TO DEFEND WIN AT CALIFORNIA CHARLOTTE, NC (August 30, 2005) -- Last year, Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Team posted their second victory of the 2004 season at the Labor Day weekend race at California Speedway. With that ...

SADLER'S PRIORITY IS TO DEFEND WIN AT CALIFORNIA

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 30, 2005) -- Last year, Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Team posted their second victory of the 2004 season at the Labor Day weekend race at California Speedway. With that victory, Sadler essentially locked himself into the inaugural Chase for the Championship. This season Sadler finds himself on the outside looking in, currently in the 13th spot just 34 points behind tenth place competitor Jeff Gordon.

But don't mention the word 'points' to Sadler and his M&M'S crew entering Sunday afternoon's Sony HDTV 500. The mission for the #38 Robert Yates Racing Team is simple -- win. The rest will take care of itself according to the driver of the M&M'S Ford Taurus.

"The ball's in our court," said Sadler. "All we have to do is go and try to win each race and not worry about the points, forget them, and just let them fall where they may-- We're coming to two racetracks that the 38 car usually runs good at. We're pretty optimistic. All we got to do is just go through the motions, get our cars comfortable, and we're going to let the points take care of themselves."

Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:

On returning to California Speedway--

"Well, I'm a very lucky man to get to drive for Robert Yates Racing who always has a lot of horsepower and seems like every time we go to a big two-mile track, we're going to be in the hunt just because of that one factor. Todd and the guys have just got a nice setup figured out for that place, to win there last year. The inaugural race on Labor Day was very special to me and I think the whole team. It kind of solidified our spot in the Chase for the Cup. I'm very anxious to get back to California. We're taking our best car in the shop, the one I had at Indy. We've been saving it ever since Indy to take it to California. I can't wait to get there actually."

On the pressure to make the Chase--

"The guys that are 8th through 14th (in the point standings), I think, got a lot of pressure on them because you can't mess up. It's just amplified a little bit. But that's part of racing. My team is looking at it as we're not even -- the word points is not even going to come out of our mouths when we get to California."

"We're going there to win the race because we had so many fun there last week in Victory Lane. We think we're taking a car that can win, or at least get in the top five, maybe might get some breaks here and there, some fuel strategy, anything that might be able to happen to get us out front. We got a lot of pressure to do well, but you know what, we're not worried about it. We're going to go and try to win that race and run good. I've got a good enough team that can do it, will do it. We're going to give it our best shot."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing