Fontana: Sadler - Friday Dodge interview

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) IT'S GOT TO BE A GREAT FEELING SEEING YOUR NAME UP THERE IN THE STANDINGS? "It's a great feeling. To be in the top- 10 in points you don't feel like you've dug yourself a hole. You can come to ...

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger)

IT'S GOT TO BE A GREAT FEELING SEEING YOUR NAME UP THERE IN THE STANDINGS? "It's a great feeling. To be in the top- 10 in points you don't feel like you've dug yourself a hole. You can come to California and just relax and just put in real good race weekend. It's real good momentum to build off of- I'm proud of my guys -- it's a great first step for Rodney (Childers) and the Best Buy team to get there best-ever finish in the sport."

HAS THE ENGINE PACKAGED CHANGED THAT MUCH WITH THE NEW CAR? "We've come here with a conservative package to make sure that we're gonna run all 500 miles. This is a tough place -- and it's usually pretty dry here -- so you really have to get your fuel mixture right. We've come in with a lot of horsepower, but we're not going to try and tweak it in terms of timing. We're gonna try and get real good fuel mileage. We really think that these new cars are going to have a lot of green flag pit stops at a lot of race tracks we go to so want to make sure we get good fuel mileage to - so hopefully we have our motor stuff taken care of."

IT COULD COME DOWN TO A FUEL MILEAGE RACE COUNDN'T IT? "I think big time. I think if you look at the average number of cautions that we have with these new cars as compared to our old cars, a lot of the race tracks that we go to this year -- especially the 1.5 and 2.0-mile tracks are gonna be a lot of green flag runs and a lot of fuel mileage races. You're going to see a lot more of that this year."

IS LAS VEGAS THE RACE WHERE YOU'LL KNOW IF DODGE IS BACK BEING COMPETITIVE? "I agree with that. Dodge had a great showing at the Daytona 500. We were just able to find each other and get in line and push each other. We won't know much until after Atlanta. We have three really fast race tracks in row and we'll see where our engine program is. We'll figure out where our engineering is with these cars- talk to me after Atlanta and I'll tell you where we need to be to compete with Toyota and Chevrolet who I think are going to be the two real dominant teams to put up with this year."

WITH ROBBY GORDON NOW A TEAMMATE, DO YOU STILL HAVE TO ASK YOUR SPOTTER WHERE THE NO. 7 CAR IS? "That's a good question. The 7 and I worked real together last week at the end of the race. We hadn't really raced each other yet - not in a drafting circumstance - we'll see how that plays out. But yea, everyone knows when the 7 car is out on the track. (Robby) is coming into a real good situation over here with three guys who really care for each other. I hope he fits right with the style where we really try and look to for each other."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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