ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) On the importance of a strong run "Your team can leave on a high note for the whole winter before you get back to Daytona if you just have a good strong run. We need that. We've struggled...
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
On the importance of a strong run "Your team can leave on a high note for the whole winter before you get back to Daytona if you just have a good strong run. We need that. We've struggled this season. We haven't run like we wanted to. We built a brand new car and a new style engine just for this one race. My guys have put a ton of effort into this racetrack and this race for us. It's not like we just took whatever car we had left for the last race. My guys put a lot of time and effort into it and we're going to make the best of it."
ARE YOU GOING TO BUY ANY OF THE LEFT OVER CHARGERS? "That's a good idea! I know Ray will have few laying around now. I wouldn't mind trying to get one from him, just to have. 10 years from now a lot of kids and young fans will probably not remember what these things look like. They'll probably look ancient to them. It would be cool to have one. I want to work with him on that."
WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK FOR 2008? "The same outlook we had for this year; try to do the best we can, try and make the Chase and go from there. We are going to work hard this winter. We have a lot of work to do. My team and Kasey's team both. Patrick and his team have a real steep hill to climb, trying to make races. We have a lot of work to do at Gillett Evernham Motorsports. We have a new owner that has come in and we're changing the way we do things here and there. We are probably going to be one of the busiest teams in the off season as far as restructuring, redoing. We have a new team director [Rodney Childers]. We have learned a little bit about each other the past three races. It's very important to line up for all of them because you can't afford to give away the first four or five races of next season learning how things are going to work. We have to play some catch-up on the COT car so it is busy off season.
"We have to figure out these COT cars. We have just fallen behind on that a little bit. With the COT car the driver is really taken out of the equation. You can't manhandle the thing. What you go is what you got. That's why the drivers don't like them very much. They drive you instead of you driving them. So we just have to get our stuff a little better and that is going to take a lot of testing, a lot of time on the track this winter. Once we get that figured out I think we'll have a better idea. I can talk to you more after California and Vegas after the test we are going to have, if we're close and one top of it or if we still have ground to make up."
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