This Week in Ford Racing May 2, 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Virginian Elliott Sadler looks forward to Richmond race. Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, comes into Saturday night's race at Richmond...
This Week in Ford Racing
May 2, 2006
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Virginian Elliott Sadler looks forward to Richmond race.
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion, comes into Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway 13th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings. Monday's race at Talladega was sort of a microcosm of Sadler's season because although he had a car strong enough to lead seven times for 23 laps, he got shuffled out of the lead pack in the closing laps and finished 16th.
ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion
RICHMOND MEANS A LOT TO YOU DOESN'T IT? "I've said this a lot of times in a lot of different interviews, I think right now in my career, [along with] the Daytona 500, it would be [as big] to win a race at Richmond. It means that much to me because I went there as a kid. That means a lot to go to a place as a kid and then come back and be able to race there. I just want to go to Victory Lane there one time before the end of my career. Tommy [Baldwin, crew chief] has had great success at that track and hopefully we can hit up on it one time and maybe make that happen."
ARE YOU FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR SEASON SO FAR? "I'm frustrated in the way we've run this year. I'm not frustrated in how hard my team is working together. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we haven't got into all of Tommy's cars and all of Tommy's ideas and all the new engineering help we've got. We haven't gotten there yet. You just can't do it overnight in the Nextel Cup racing series environment. You've just got to kind of keep up week to week. We're making progress. We're running better. We were horrible at California. We were horrible at Vegas. We were better in Atlanta. We were better at Texas. We were good at Martinsville. For the last few races we've been to we're getting better and better as a team. Tommy and I are learning a lot more about each other. My pit crew is doing a good job. I'm frustrated, yes, about the way we've run, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel which makes me pretty happy about seeing the future from there."
BUT THE EFFORT IS THERE? "Yes, the effort is there but the results are not there yet. We're all so competitive. Tommy puts his feelings right there on his shoulder just like I do and that's tough sometimes, but I love working with people that don't mind showing some emotion, they don't mind showing that they're frustrated. That means that their heart is in it and they're trying the best they can. I think brighter days are ahead for Robert Yates Racing, I really do. Slugger [Labbe, crew chief of the No. 88 Robert Yates Racing Fusion] and Tommy are working very, very well together. By the time Charlotte comes around and by the time June comes around when we start getting all this new technology stuff that we need to have, we should be a lot better race team than we are now."
ARE YOU AGGRAVATED WHEN REPORTS SHOW UP ON THE INTERNET ABOUT YOU POSSIBLY MOVING? "No, you guys have to talk about something. It's OK. You guys are just trying to do a job. We all have jobs to do and everybody in the media has a job to do too and you job is to report whatever you think might be happening or a story you might have. Me as a driver and me as a professional has to respect what you guys do too. If you take it personal, I wouldn't sleep any. You can't do that. You guys have to report everything that you think is right or what you hear, but that's your job and I can't hold that against you. That's cool. Do it. If it turns out to be true, you're like a hero. If it don't, well, maybe we'll try again next time. But me as a driver, we're all working in the same sport together, there's no way I can be mad about that."