Final six races not the "dog days" of the year for the Motorcraft Racing Ford Taurus team. The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season is in the midst of a season-ending streak of 20 consecutive race weekends; there are six races remaining, starting with...
Final six races not the "dog days" of the year for the Motorcraft Racing Ford Taurus team.
The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season is in the midst of a season-ending streak of 20 consecutive race weekends; there are six races remaining, starting with this Sunday's 500-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, these are not the "dog days" of the season, according to members of the No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus team.
ELLIOTT SADLER-21-Motorcraft Taurus
"Not for me. Because I think we've been struggling so much here lately, I've been so eager to get to the next race track to see if we can fix it and see if we can get a better weekend behind us. So, it really hasn't gotten to me yet. It has in the past some, but this year, with wanting to do so good and just trying to get to the next weekend and figure out what we need to do better, it hasn't been like that yet. We've still got six races left, so it might get to me before the end of the year, but, so far, so good. We've got a brand-new car for Charlotte and we qualified outside pole there last time so we want to see if we can get them this time. I really want to get my first pole with the Wood Brothers."
LEN WOOD, co-owner-21-Motorcraft Taurus
ARE WE IN THE DOG DAYS, OR IS IT BUSINESS AS USUAL? "We're business as usual. That's what we do. It's like when we have those three weekends off, you go home and it's like, 'Where are we going this weekend?' One of my weekends off, we went to Charleston, South Carolina. One of 'em we went testing at Talladega. We're on the go so much, to me, the easy time is when we're not testing. There'sbeen periods where you test three out of four weeks in a row. For a test you would leave on a Monday evening. At best, you'd leave on Tuesday morning, but have a two-day test, and that leaves you with one day after the race and one before you leave, usually, or half a day. And, that's when it really tightens up, you're working overtime, you're working very hard. Right now, if I've got three and a half days at home each week, that's a lot for me."
BARRY SHEPPARD, truck driver - 21 - Motorcraft Taurus
IS THIS THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE YEAR FOR YOU? "I guess it is. We have 20 weeks straight, and this year we are getting a new rig at the end of the season so that will mean switching everything over when that comes. But everything is looking good right now and we only have six races left. And we are going to have our own test team for next year so that will help me out a whole lot. Right now our goal is to still win a race. We think about that all the time and we stay pumped up. I like going to Charlotte and we've always run good down there so that is a race I always look forward to because I think we can win it any time we go. Martinsville will be tough. We seem to have problems there, but we've also run decent there at times and it is close to home. I won't have a whole lot of time once the season is over with because of the new tractor-trailer coming and we'll have to stock that and prepare this one for testing."