Sadler seeks change of luck at Bristol

STUART, Va. (August 22, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler has been forced to contend with his share of bad luck thus far into the 2000 season. He and the Wood Brothers Racing Team entered this season with high hopes and the goal of finishing in the top-15...

STUART, Va. (August 22, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler has been forced to contend with his share of bad luck thus far into the 2000 season. He and the Wood Brothers Racing Team entered this season with high hopes and the goal of finishing in the top-15 in the point standings. Since then, goals have changed and for Sadler so have his plans at Bristol.

Elliott Sadler proved to have one of the strongest cars in the field at Bristol Motor Speedway in the spring race. He qualified 9th and was the fastest car in happy hour leading up to the start of the race. Just two laps in to the 500-mile marathon, Sadlerís dream became a nightmare.

As Sadler entered turn one he was hit from behind by Dale Earnhardt, resulting in the CITGO Ford spinning out of control into the outside retaining wall in turn 2. The car suffered major damage and is no longer a part of the Wood Brothers racecar inventory.

"That was one of the worst days in my racing career," said Elliott Sadler as he reminisced of the Bristol outing. "We felt like we had a car capable of running up front all day and we never had the chance to prove it. That day was a big turning point in our season. We lost a lot of momentum and we've had a monkey on our backs ever since. We've had some strong runs but we just haven't posted the finishes we're capable of posting."

Sadler and crew chief Mike Beam have chosen the racecar last raced at Martinsville for this weekend's race under the lights.

"The car we're bringing doesn't have a track record yet at Bristol," stated Sadler. "Some people may view that as a challenge but we view it as an opportunity. We were fast here in the spring but the race this weekend is a night race. The setup is a little different but concrete is not as temperamental as asphalt. Bristol is an awesome facility and there is no better racing anywhere in the world. It's door-to-door, nonstop action for 500 laps. Cameras are flashing and it's hard to beat the excitement the fans generate in the stands."

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Track Fact: Elliott Sadler received his first Busch Series win of 1998 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He started the race in the 3rd position and led a total of 99 laps. The Wood Brothers team has placed in the top 10 in 41% of all races they have competed in at Bristol.

<pre> Wood Brotherís NASCAR Winston Cup Stats at Bristol: Starts Wins Poles Top-5 Top-10 Money Won 48 0 4 7 19 $531,843

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Elliott Sadler