Martinsville: This Week in Ford Racing

This Week in Ford Racing April 5, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Taurus, will be racing in his native Virginia this weekend when the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Martinsville for...

This Week in Ford Racing
April 5, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Taurus, will be racing in his native Virginia this weekend when the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Martinsville for Sunday's running of the Advance Auto Parts 500. Sadler, who is fifth in the point standings, spoke about having back-to-back short track races and his goals for getting through this stretch.

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus

THIS IS THE SECOND OF TWO STRAIGHT SHORT TRACKS. WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL IN THIS LITTLE STRETCH? "This is a very important stretch for us. Last year we struggled some on the short tracks and with three out of four races being short tracks, Martinsville is going to be a place we really need to go and run well. We definitely are more prepared for this Martinsville race than we've been in a long time. We've done a lot of testing. We've got some new ideas and we actually feel really good about going to Martinsville, so that's good mentally for the driver and the crew chief, I think. We'll see what happens. I like the place. It's at home. There's always a lot of pressure on us to run good there and I've always got so much support from all of our Virginia fans, but I'm really anxious to see where we stack up when we get to Martinsville and how much more work we need to do on our short track program. Martinsville is gonna be a tell-tale weekend for us."

ARE SHORT TRACKS YOUR ACHILLES HEEL, SO TO SPEAK? "I think so. I think our short tracks and maybe some of our speedway stuff of late. It's tough to run with the Chevrolets on the speedways, but I think as far as short tracks I need to get a little better as a driver and we need to get a little better as a team at some of those places. Pit strategy and stuff like that plays a big part in it, so that's what we need to work at. I think all of our intermediate cars are really close and we feel like we've got a great chance of running in the top five at every intermediate track we go to, but we just need to work on our short track stuff a little bit and we have. The guys have done a great job this year. Like I said, we're more prepared than we've ever been for this race, so we'll kind of see where it takes us."

EVEN THOUGH BRISTOL AND MARTINSVILLE ARE SHORT TRACKS THEY'RE SO DIFFERENT. WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS GOING FROM ONE TO THE OTHER ON CONSECUTIVE WEEKS? "The race track as far as driving them is totally different. The biggest similarity is gonna be pit strategy and track position. Both are very crucial to how you're gonna run that day. You've got to be up front and you've got to stay out of trouble, so hopefully what we learned at Bristol will help us at Martinsville, too, as far as that situation."

ARE YOU JUST TRYING TO TREAD WATER THESE TWO RACES BEFORE TEXAS? "Yeah. I just want to be in the top 10 in points after Martinsville. I think that's a pretty good week. If you can get through two short tracks and see the checkered flags and stay in the top 10 in points, and hopefully we'll be able to do that. I think last year at the fall race is kind of where we all fell apart at is Martinsville, so we really want to go back there and redeem ourselves and go back there and make a good, strong showing."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler