STUART, Va. (October 17, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler and the CITGO Racing Team believe "The Rock" owes them one. Sadler started 26th and finished 28th at North Carolina Speedway in February, but the results were not reflective of the ...
STUART, Va. (October 17, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler and the CITGO Racing Team believe "The Rock" owes them one. Sadler started 26th and finished 28th at North Carolina Speedway in February, but the results were not reflective of the car's potential.
"We had one of the best cars on the track the last time we were in Rockingham," stated Sadler. "We had problems on pit road, a tire blew during a green flag run and the weather changed drastically over the course of the weekend. On Sunday, I passed some of the guys two or three times but they still finished in front of us because of the things we had to overcome. We have something to prove this weekend and with a little luck we should be very competitive.
"I won at Rockingham in a Busch car and it takes a lot of patience in order to win anywhere, but even more so at places like 'The Rock' and Darlington. The track is tough on tires and the drivers focus on racing the track and not the competition. The teams that test prior to the race usually have an upper hand in the beginning of the race because they know what to expect on long runs. After a few green flag runs the field begins to be closer and the competition gets stiffer. We're going back with our same setup from the race earlier this year and I hope we're as fast as we were then."
Sadler has yet to win his first Winston Cup Series race but has managed to stay confident in a year filled with loads of adversity. "It takes a lot to win in this series," stated Sadler. "The team, driver, pit strategy and car have to be nearly flawless. We've had a couple of shots at winning this year at places like Bristol, Texas and California but we couldn't get everything we needed in our corner. We have four races remaining on the schedule and I think a couple of those are places where this Wood Brothers team can turn some heads."
2000 World Pit Crew Challenge: The Wood Brothers have won the World Pit Crew Challenge on 3 different occasions. They will attempt to regain the championship this weekend in Rockingham.