Sadler Prepared to Tackle High Banks of Talladega QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "In most cases, no one remembers anything but the last lap. We ran 485 miles last October in Talladega and were passing for the lead when that wreck sent...
Sadler Prepared to Tackle High Banks of Talladega
QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER:
"In most cases, no one remembers anything but the last lap. We ran 485 miles last October in Talladega and were passing for the lead when that wreck sent the M&M'S car into a spin. Besides keeping all four tires on the ground this race, I believe we have a deal to close. Had we completed that last 15 miles I think you would have seen the #38 team in Victory Lane. As I said, it only matters where you are at when the checkered flag flies, but we sure don't want to be sitting in the garage at the end of the race this time.
"Last spring I started third and finished third. I drafted with my buddy Dale Jr., and believe it or not he and I work real well together during restrictor- plate races. I think both Dale Jarrett and I will have good cars this weekend especially and when you take into considerationa look at how we all performed in Daytona. Our cars look good this year- and I think you should see more of the same from RYR this weekend.
"Talladega and Daytona are not at all alike. Handling doesn't matter at Talladega because of the track and the speeds we are running. at. We have learned so much about drafting over the years because- it used to be we drafted nose to tail, now we draft side to side and front to back. It's an aerodynamic race - handling won't matter at all."
"Being 5th in the points is awesome - but we are looking at the big picture. This weekend it's hard to ask 43 individuals to be perfect for four hours running 190 mph - but I sure hope we can all race clean and smart, - leave that track in one piece and then head to California."
QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT:
"The racing at Talladega will be different than it was in Daytona. We are taking the same car we had in Daytona but arejust adjusting on it to make ready for Talladega. At Talladega you will see more of the big packs of cars we are used to at restrictor- plate races because of the high banking and speeds. Once we get through this weekend we will be happy to get back to racing - Talladega and Martinsville are wild card races as far as Elliott and I are concerned. Sometimes you might be really good, but you still have to be lucky. ItTalladega is easy to get caught up in someone else's misfortune at Talladega.. "
QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN:
"I think the Daytona 500 this year was a great race for the first 250 miles and was boring for the last 250 miles. Don't expect the same at Talladega. The car's handling is not as important so you will see the cars stay in larger packs for most of the day. It's still going to be tough to pass the leader but it will be a more exciting race than what we saw in Daytona."