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Rough Weekend For Sadler At Lowes Motor Speedway Concord, North Carolina - - Hermie Sadler can't seem to catch a break in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004. Saturday afternoon yet again proved that, as an engine failure seized Sadler to a ...

Rough Weekend For Sadler At Lowes Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina - - Hermie Sadler can't seem to catch a break in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004. Saturday afternoon yet again proved that, as an engine failure seized Sadler to a disastrous 41st place finish.

North Carolina, now the home of SCORE Motorsports headed into the 300-mile event looking for some luck and their first top-ten finish of the season. In the series previous event at Nazareth Speedway a strong qualifying effort was fumbled by another top-25 finish.

In the first practice session on Friday, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo posted the 28th fastest lap time. Sadler clocked a time of 30.503 seconds equaling a speed of 177.392 MPH, under a second off from session leader Joe Nemechek.

The team opted to make some changes to the automobile heading into time trials, little did they know, qualifying would be the start of the rough weekend. Heading towards the green flag, something broke in the transmission, which locked up the No. 02 sending Hermie spinning on the track. Luckily, the Emporia, Virginia native didn't make any contact with the safer wall barriers and was able to drive his machine back to the attention of the crew.

Sadler, the 1993 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year had hoped to hit the track again before the end of the session, but NASCAR would not allow the team to change the tires on the No. 02, forcing the SCORE Motorsports team to take their first provisional berth of the '04 season. Hermie would line up for the 200-marker event 40th.

In Happy Hour, the final practice session before the race, Sadler once again was 28th on the practice sheets after maneuvering his machine to a fast lap of 31.135 seconds, or 173.438 MPH.

43 drivers took the green flag for the Carquest Auto Parts 300 shortly after 1:00 PM, with Sadler on a mission to head to the front. Clocking off fast lap times in the early stages, Hermie reported to his crew chief Ernie Cope "This is the fastest car we've had all year."

What appeared to be a good day for The FanZCar team, quickly dissipated on lap 25 when the engine gave out while running 22nd, sending the two-time NBS winner to the garage and done for the day.

"We can't seem to get a break right now," said The FanZCar CEO Eric Say. "Hermie had a really good car today, but you can't control the engine department, we'll overcome these hurdles and get back on track." Despite the poor finish, Sadler remains 25th in the run for the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series championship.

Sadler also ran the Coca-Cola 600, Nextel Cup event Sunday night from Lowes Motor Speedway. After starting shotgun on the field, Sadler finished 41st, completing 137 of the 400 laps.

The team will look to bounce back when they arrive in Dover, Delaware next weekend for the running of the MBNA America 200. Practice and qualifying are set for Friday June 4th, with the green flag set to wave on June 5th shortly after 1:00 PM EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Hermie Sadler